Equine Guelph Offers Courses for Racing Grooms, Trainers

A digestive health course will be free for the first 50 registrants from each of Ontario’s three racing sectors.

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Equine Guelph, the horse owners’ and caretakers’ center at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada, has announced that it will offer its new “Gut Health and Colic Prevention” online course for free to the first 50 grooms and trainers to register from each racing sector in Ontario: Standardbred, Thoroughbred, and Quarter Horse racing.

The three-week online course will run from Jan. 22–Feb. 11, 2018 on Equine Guelph’s online training platform, The Horse Portal.

The 2016 Equine Guelph Horse Racing Industry Survey indicates that gut issues were ranked as the No. 3 health issue behind respiratory issues and injuries. Not only is colic the No. 1 killer of horses, but also is a major issue facing the horse racing industry. Excessive amounts of grain in the diet and forage variation are thought to contribute to an increased risk of colic and other gut issues. Changes in stabling, exercise level, and stress levels can also cause an increased risk of colic.

"Educating the horse racing community on how to reduce the risk of colic and gut issues will be extremely valuable to grooms and trainers," says Hugh Mitchell, chair of Ontario Racing. "This training will also benefit the health and well-being of the elite equine athletes as well

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