Universities of Kentucky in U.S. and Guelph in Canada team up on horse safety and welfare

Credit : The Horse Portal

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Universities of Kentucky in U.S. and Guelph in Canada team up on horse safety and welfare

The University of Kentucky’s Saddle Up Safely (SUS) program and Equine Guelph in Ontario, Canada have announced a partnership to provide members of SUS’ partner organizations with short, easily-accessible online training on equine safety and welfare.

 - Universities of Kentucky in U.S. and Guelph in Canada team up on horse safety and welfare

Equine Guelph, a research institute at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, has developed The Horse Portal – an e-training platform bringing together horse people from both sides of the border. The creators of the portal at Guelph say it was designed to deliver a practical, common sense community approach to learning to horse enthusiasts of all ages.

Indeed, interacting with horses poses a high risk of injury to people of all ages. Often, riding injuries occur due to lack of education or understanding of equine behaviour and proper riding practices. In fact, a current study shows that half of equine-related injury patients believe their injuries were preventable and due to rider error.

"Through Saddle Up Safely, the University of Kentucky seeks to educate current and future riders about the simple steps that can be taken to prevent accidents,” says Fernanda Camargo, equine extension professor at the University of Kentucky. "This partnership with Equine Guelph will further our mission to provide education on understanding horse behaviour and learning the simple steps that can be taken to prevent accidents.”

The new Horse Behaviour & Safety short course will be offered October 2-22, 2017 with customized versions available to both youth (ages 14-17) and adults.

Saddle Up Safely is partnered with equine and safety organizations throughout the United States, and members of these partner organizations will receive a 10% discounted rate when registering for adult or youth versions of the online course at www.TheHorsePortal.com/SUS.

Equine Guelph is a pioneer in online training and education programs for the horse industry. However, the youth offering of the Horse Behaviour & Safety short course marks Equine Guelph’s first online training program developed specifically for youth.

See here for more information and registration instructions

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