On countryside road trips, do your children point and shout “HORSES” without fail? Are they drawn like a magnet to the majesty of noble equids? If so, this online, self-paced course from Equine Guelph is for them and it will be FREE for a limited time! The Horse Behaviour & Safety online course on TheHorsePortal.ca is geared toward youth and teens that have a passion for all things equine and it will be available “on-demand” to kids around the globe at no cost from September 1 – November 30, 2022.
Students will learn why horses do the things they do, the care they need, and all about the subtle silent language they use. As a prey animal, horses think much differently than their human keepers. Learning how to communicate with a horse is essential to building a relationship and it is absolutely integral to staying safe around 1,000 plus pound animals that can squish you like a bug if unintentionally spooked.
- Understand horse behaviour and how to speak their language
- Learn smart, practical horse handling skills
- Reduce physical risks on your horse’s farm
- Horse Behaviour – Wild vs Stabled
- How Horses See and Hear
- Herd Behaviour – How Horses Interact with Each Other
- Horse Handling – Basic Safety Around Horses
- Rider/Helmet Safety
- Safe Trailering – Basics
- Fire Safety
- Safety around the Barn and Paddocks
- Returning from an Injury
Hear Jacqueline Brook’s thoughts on helmet safety and learn from the many horse industry experts that have put this course together for the “up-and-comers” in the horse world.
Thanks to Equine Guelph’s generous safety supporters, this free youth initiative has been made possible: ESSO, Kubota Canada, Ontario Equestrian, SSG Gloves, System Fencing and Workplace Safety & Prevention Services.
OMAFRA is providing funding to Workplace Safety & Prevention Services to deliver resources and consulting services to help farmers and other agri-food businesses provide safe workplaces.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal-provincial and territorial governments to encourage innovation, competitiveness and sustainability in Canada’s agriculture industry.
Make the investment in safety! This free offering (regularly $25) is not to be missed. Join the herd and register your young horse lover today for the Horse Behaviour & Safety online course on TheHorsePortal.ca.
Notes to Editor:
Equine Guelph is the horse owners’ and care givers’ Centre at the University of Guelph in Canada. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government – for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit www.equineguelph.ca.
Story by: Equine Guelph
Photos: Past Student – Lilian or Youth with bay horse (images available upon request)
Photo Caption: Equine Guelph offers a free online course to horse-crazy teens this fall on TheHorsePortal.ca. Past student Lilian says, “I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot. I wish it was longer.”
Other Web Links:
Horse Behaviour & Safety online course: https://thehorseportal.ca/course/on-demand-horse-behaviour-and-safety-youth-course-ages-13-17/
Jaqueline Brooks helmet safety video: https://youtu.be/pqftitDfao0
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