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ISSN 1923 8177                                                         April 20, 2014

In This Issue

·         From the Editor

·         Our Advertisers

·         Equine Conditioning

·         Countdown Is On

·         Toronto Horse Day

·         Last Chance

·         Pet Talk

·         UCEA News

·         WHAO News

·         NTC Meetings

·         Bertie Willoughby SC

·         Second Start TBs

·         Coming Events


From the Editor

Happy Easter! 

We wish you all the best this Easter.

Check out this song about The Horse With The Easter Bonnett by Gene Autry


Equine Guelph is offering a 12 week Equine Physiology course. Read more at right.


Equine Canada has launched a special webpage dedicated to the upcoming World Equestrian Games. 


Toronto Horse Day is coming back again this year. Read more below.


Last Chance Horse and Pony Rescue has a new in-house instructor - Brooke Cooksey.


Our Pet Talk column this issue focuses on equine first aid and emergencies.


If you have any stories you would like in the next issue of ENN or know someone deserving of a feature story please let us know. Send us your 2014 event dates as well!


Our next deadline is May 2nd. Please send us any articles or story ideas you have and any information you have for the calendar of events. 

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Equine Conditioning is not a 

"One Size Fits All" Concept 

Guelph, Ontario - April 16, 2014 - No matter the discipline, proper conditioning is a key element toward enhancing your horse's athletic performance and its ability to endure the activity without succumbing to injury or health problems. Learn the physiology of equine conditioning and what's best for your equine athlete with Equine Guelph's online course, Equine Exercise Physiology. 

     "Unfortunately, the 'one size fits all' concept does not work for conditioning equine athletes," says course instructor Dr. Amanda Waller, who has a Ph.D. in Equine Exercise Physiology from the University of Guelph. "Each horse is an individual and must be treated that way. We then add all the differences in the demands of each discipline, age, breed and conformation of the horse, as well as the environmental factors and terrain. You can see how training must be optimized to each unique scenario." 

     A lifelong horse owner and competitor, Waller believes if we ask our horses to do physically demanding tasks, then it is our responsibility to make sure we knowledgeably train and prepare them for this task based on the latest information. "The field of equine exercise physiology is constantly evolving," she says. "Therefore, one of the clear benefits of taking this course is the opportunity to learn the most up-to-date information from instructors and guest speakers who are experts in their field, such as gold medalist and Olympic eventer Jessica Phoenix and award-winning racehorse trainer Joe Stutzman, as well as renowned specialists in the nutrition and physiology of the equine athlete." 

Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy, Equine Behaviour, Equine Business Finance & Risk Management, Equine Nutrition, Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy, and Management of the Equine Environment

Photo Credit: Barbara Sheridan Photography


     Offered through the University of Guelph, the 12-week online Equine Exercise Physiology course will provide students with an in-depth study of the physiological systems and metabolic pathways that are important to equine performance and conditioning. It also offers interaction with fellow horse enthusiasts from around the globe to discuss cutting-edge, evidence-based research. By the end of the course, students will be able to safely carry out a daily conditioning workout to prevent over-work, design and monitor a year-round training program for a horse, assess the advantages and disadvantages of new technology and alternate training venues or programs for the athletic horse, and explain the scientific rationale for suggested practices based on an understanding of horse exercise physiology. 

     "I believe the quality and diversity of the course topics makes it a great educational experience for those with a passion for any equestrian discipline," says Waller, who currently works in the Center for Clinical & Translational Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where she is researching human and animal physiology as it relates to biomedical health and disease. "By understanding the concepts of exercise physiology, students will be in a better position to make knowledgeable decisions about the progress and alternatives for their horses." 

     Registration for Equine Guelph's Summer 2014 semester is now open with courses beginning on May 12, 2014. Other Summer course offerings include Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy, Equine Behaviour, Equine Business Finance & Risk Management, Equine Nutrition, Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy, and Management of the Equine Environment. The early bird registration deadline is April 12, 2014. 

     More information can be found at www.EquineStudiesOnline.ca or by contacting Open Learning and Educational Support at info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca or 519-767-5000. 

     Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph. 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 epicenter for academia, industry and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit www.equineguelph.ca

About Open Learning and Education Support 

     Open Learning and Educational Support provides expertise and leadership to the University of Guelph community and our partners in the following: the scholarship and practice of teaching, technology-enhanced education, open learning and professional development. We provide support for teaching and learning that is evidence-based, responsive, developmental and based on best practices. 



The Countdown Is On! Equine Canada Launches 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Game Information Page 

Ottawa, ON April 15, 2014 --- Equine Canada is excited to launch our 2014 World Equestrian Games webpage built to provide competitors, affiliates, spectators and fans information they want and need to know about the Games. 

     The webpage is designed for quick and easy access to important information about the event and the hosting country, Normandy, France. Currently visitors to the page can find quick links that will take you directly to online ticket purchases, accommodation bookings, event schedules and maps to help you get around the Games and event venues. 

Want to know more about the World Equestrian Games? 

     Check out the "About WEG" page then make your way to the "Disciplines" page where you can read about the eight different disciplines competing for a spot on the podium. The EC site also provides general tourist information such as what to do and see while in Normandy, average climate in August and September, accepted currency, important phone numbers and more. 

What's next? 

     In near future we will publish the names of athletes and horses selected to compete in each discipline and their bios so you can learn more about your favorite riders as you follow them on the road to the games. 

     During the games this page will be used to keep fans in loop through pictures, videos, and results! 

     Bookmark the page and check back frequently to stay up to date on everything WEG and the Canadian Equestrian Team and feel free to share it with your friends and family.



Toronto Horse Day 

trots back into town 

Horse Day is back and promises to be bigger and better than ever as horse lovers from across Ontario unite on Saturday, June 7 to celebrate equestrian sport. 

     Organized by the Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF), Toronto Horse Day is a free family event that will take place at the Horse Palace at Exhibition Place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will enjoy riding and driving demonstrations, educational stations, interactive displays, games, activities, VIP autograph sessions with famous horse people and much more.

    "Whether you are an experienced rider or have never even touched a horse before, there is something for everyone at Toronto Horse Day," says Dianne Graham, Executive Director of the OEF. "It really is a day to celebrate the horse and introduce new people to the sport in a safe, fun environment." 

     Numerous stables across the province are also working with the OEF to host their own Horse Day open house events to introduce their local community to horses. 

    "We encourage horse people from across Ontario to find a Horse Day event in their area and bring a friend out," says Graham. "There are a lot of people out there who love horses, but don't know what's available or how to get started. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the joy of horses." 

     The OEF proudly hosts Toronto Horse Day on the first Saturday of June in partnership with the Riding Academy at the Horse Palace and Toronto Police Services Mounted Unit. Now in its sixth year, Horse Day is designed to introduce the public to horses in a safe, fun environment. Horse Day was started by the Ontario Equestrian Federation and is now being introduced across Canada with the assistance of Equine Canada. 

     For more information about Toronto Horse Day and Horse Day events taking place in Ontario, visit www.horse.on.ca/oef-events/horse-day



Last Chance Horse And Pony Rescue welcomes new in-house instructor


Last Chance Logo Last Chance Horse and Pony Rescue has announced the addition of their new in house instructor, Brooke Cooksey. Brooke is a skilled horse woman who has offered her services over the last few months and Last Chance is very glad to have her on their team! Starting off helping get some horses back into shape Brooke quickly adapted into the Last Chance lesson program as their instructor. 

     Since joining the Last Chance Team there has been nothing but praise of Brooke by staff, volunteers, and students alike. She has a wide array and of accomplishments and over 20 years of experience under her belt, making her extremely versatile and accommodating to a wide variety of students. 

     Brooke is extremely capable of adapting her teaching style to meet the needs of her students. Her experience spans various English and Western discipline styles to saddle seat riding and exercising race horses. 

     She has competed in various levels of showing, even competing at the Royal Winter Fair and the American Saddlebred Association Championship Horse Show in Ohio. 

     She spends a great deal of time making sure her riders establish a good understanding of safety and proper technique both in the saddle and on the ground, allowing students to feel safe and secure in any of their horsey experiences. Always keen and willing to share her wealth and knowledge, Brooke's students will always leave with a greater understanding of the horse, their behaviour and how they as a rider influence the partnership with the horse. 

     These qualities make her a total package riding instructor, and Last Chance is "proud to have her on our team. We are definitely glad to have our lesson program back in full swing!" 

     Don't miss out on a chance for lessons with Brooke Cooksey. Lessons are $25.00 a hour, ages 6 years and up. If you interested please contact (905) 894-9262 or Brooke directly at (289) 213-7517. 

     Stay tuned for up and coming Summer Day Camps at Last Chance Horse and Pony Rescue. Visit http://www.lchpr.org/





Equine First Aid and Emergencies 

     Although it is the most basic form of health care, horse owners should be aware that horses need first aid care just as much as people do, if not more. There are many situations that a horse owner might run into such as soft tissue injuries like lacerations and puncture wounds, ophthalmic injuries, strains, sprains, other acute lameness issues, colic, fever, depression, and dystocia or foaling difficulties. 

     Horse owners should be able to have the basic skills required to take care of a horse during an emergency situation until a veterinarian is available, such as dialing the phone to seek professional help when needed. 

     "Probably the minimum competency skill level is comfort with applying a bandage in case of a hemorrhaging lower extremity" said Dr. Glennon Mays, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, "or understanding how to encourage a painful, recumbent horse to stop rolling and get up off the ground and walk around in a circle while waiting for the veterinarian's arrival in the case of colic." 

     Cooperativeness on the part of the animal to accomplish routine acts can actually be practiced under non-emergency situations in order to succeed in time of crisis. 

     "This cooperativeness is remindful of school children practicing a fire drill" said Mays. "If something is familiar, it is more easily performed in a crisis situation. If a horse is accustomed to having bandages applied to legs or being loaded in a trailer for no obvious reason, then it won't seem quite so unusual a request during times of stress or pain."
     In case of emergency, there are a few things that horse owners should have on-hand; especially emergency phone numbers that are readily accessible.
     "In a tense moment, the pre-determined numbers can be dialed in order of preference. In case the first choice is unavailable, secondary or tertiary selections have already been made" said Mays. "I also suggest having some bandage materials on hand. Beyond basic leg wrapping techniques, other first aid supplies can vary according to the qualifications of the owner of the horse and the client-patient relationship with the veterinarian." 

     Of course, there will be times when it is absolutely necessary that the horse owner calls a veterinarian for assistance. A professional caregiver should be summoned when the horse's caretaker feels uncomfortable or inadequate providing the type of care that is necessary, or whenever an animal insurance company is involved. 

     "Often professional care is provided more quickly when the patient is transported rather than waiting for a busy veterinarian to break away from a practice or hospital environment. However, many vets solely provide ambulatory service and don't operate from a clinic or hospital facility" said Mays. "Some patients requiring emergency care cannot initially be transported, depending on the experience level of the owner and one's ability to accurately interpret the situation of the animal in danger. Another factor to consider is the comparison of the facility where the horse located and the facility a veterinarian may provide." 

     General anesthesia may be avoided by transporting a young horse with a laceration to a veterinarian's facility, for example, when the owner's facility is not equipped with an area for safe restraint. Safety for the animal as well as the people providing the care of the animal is of highest importance. 

     There are several emergencies that tend to happen frequently to horses. One of the most common involves soft tissue injuries. Since horses are "flight" rather than "fight" responders, punctured, lacerated or avulsed soft tissues are ordinary reasons for seeking emergency assistance. 

     "Another common emergency need is in response to engorgement due to inadvertent duplication at feeding time or inconsistency in feeding time. Introduction of new feed, hay or grazing sources can create a need for emergency help at times" said Mays. "Because horses are naturally inquisitive, eye injuries are another common need for immediate assistance. Tearing excessively, squinting the eyelids, unnatural desire to stay inside a shaded area when pasture mates are out grazing are all indications of a possible eye problem. When owners are examining their horse, it's often a good practice to take a look at both sides of the animal no matter how normal one side appears." 

     The inquisitive nature of horses can also create other emergency care opportunities. Horses become entrapped in cattle guards, tree forks, narrow chute spaces, and even empty trailers where the wind has assisted in closing the gates of the trailer. 

     "From a veterinarian's point of view, it's very frustrating to be invited to attend an animal situation that has already progressed several days because the owner's decision to provide therapy has proven a mistake" said Mays. "Please don't wait too long and always listen to your conscience." 



     Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University. Stories can be viewed on the Web at http://tamunews.tamu.edu. Suggestions for future topics may be directed to cvmtoday@cvm.tamu.edu



Upper Canada Equestrian Association News


President's Message: 

     Well the polar vortex is finally loosening its grip and the winter that felt like it would never end is slowly abating. The sound of birds is now heard in the mornings, the ones hiding in my barn are now venturing out. now is the time to plan for our riding season, to talk of our favorites places and adventures we've never been on before. We as a club have already started our planning, we have some of our old favorites returning, the spring trail readiness clinic, a trip to the Cactus Cattle and Cowboys, the cancer ride, plus we have invitations to the Alleghany mountains and as far away as the Ottawa valley. New places to travel with old friends and old places to go to meet new friends this is shaping up to be a fun and exciting season. So get your gear clean and oiled, shine up your best mount and lets ride till the sun goes down on another season. If you are not a member of the UCEA, consider joining www.uppercanadaequestrian.com see you on the trail. 

Mark Dobrindt 

President Upper Canada Equestrian Assoc.


UCEA Trail Riding Clinic & Judged Trail Ride

May 17th 11 am at the NRE fair grounds in Welland. Register to reserve your spot for this trail riding clinic. The clinic covers trail riding elements such as riding over a bridge, through water, under and around objects that might be frightening to your horse. If there is enough interest the clinic can also cover loading and unloading from a trailer. The course is for all levels of riders - all are welcome to attend. $20 for UCEA members, $40 for non-members (includes membership to the Upper Canada Equestrian Association - note you must be a member of the Ontario Equestrian Association {OEF} for insurance purposes) The following week on the 25th of May, there will be a judged trail ride for those who participated in the trail clinic on the 17th. Space is limited.  

Register today. 


Rides for the new year! 


April 27th - The Upper Canada Heritage Trail clean-up ride. Clean-up will occur during the week prior to the ride. Ride will start at 11am and riders can start from either end or the middle. 

May 17th - Trail clinic at the fairgrounds from 11am to 3pm tentatively with the judged ride in Shorthills the week following on Sunday May 25th 11am. The Bertie Willoughby show is on May 18th. 

June 22nd - Cancer Ride tentatively in Shorthills 11am- more discussion to follow. Looking for fundraising ideas. 

July12th and 13th - The Cactus, Cattle and Cowboy weekend. July - 27th Dundas, swim ride, Chippewa conservation area overnight or swim ride. More information to follow. Time? 

August 23rd 24th - Club Ride - tentatively at Drew's old place with overnight. Time? 

August 3rd - 9th - Otter Creek 

September 28th - Canal ride tentative 11am. 

September 12, 13, 14 - Welland Fair. 

October 19th - Colour ride in Shorthills 11am. 

November 9th - French Fry ride - we will play it by ear based on weather 


Emergency Horse Search Team for those times when your best friend goes missing:


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The Upper Canada Equestrian Association is always seeking new members to help keep our equestrian community strong and their voice heard. Visit www.uppercanadaequestrian.com for membership details. All are welcome. 


You can also post on the UCEA Facebook wall




WHAO News!


By Lindsey Farrell-Johnson 


Welcome to spring!!! Well I guess we can't really say that yet. Even though spring is supposed to be here soon Mother Nature doesn't seem to be agreeing with the popular vote this year. Everywhere you go, every person you talk to is tired of winter. The snow and ice certainly seem to be taking their toll on people everywhere. On the bright side we are nearing the end and guess what comes next? SHOW SEASON!!!!!!!! 


Our first show of the season is Extravaganza. We have made a few changes this year with the hope that we don't interfere with other shows. It will be held on Saturday June 21st starting at 9 am. We will have a full day of double judged and therefore double pointed classes. Please check back regularly on our new Facebook page for more details.





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Niagara Trails Committee News


For the next Niagara Trails Committee Meeting email quad-niagara@hotmail.com . Meetings are held at Birdie and Clinton Insurance 1789 Merritville Highway at 7pm. 

Niagara Trails Committee  

For more information contact:

President of Quad Niagara ATV Club

Tracy-lynn Bell





Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club Swap Meet!!




May 3, 2014 - 9:30am-2:30pm

Niagara Regional Exhibition Grounds, Building B

1100 Niagara Street, Welland, ON 


Join the Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club Inc as we hold our Annual spring Swap meet to help banish those winter blues and get ready for the 2014 show season.


Everything imaginable for the horse loving enthusiast!! New and used items available.Time to spring clean your barn and closets.Come to sell, buy, browse or just visit.


Sellers pay a $25 fee for each table (phone for space availability)


Enjoy Chili, Hot Dogs, baked goods, hot and cold drinks all supplied by the youth team


Don't forget to fill out a ballot for the door prizes


For more information contact Amber Gilbert

905-892-0006 or email ambergilbert80@gmail.com


2014 Show Dates are all to be held at the Welland Fairgrounds, 1100 Niagara Street Welland (Please Use South gate, off Quaker Rd). Shows to start at 9:30am

May 18 * June 15 * June 29 * July 20 * August 17 

Raindate Only August 31

Banquet will be held in November 2014 

Visit the website for more information.



Second Start Thoroughbreds


Horse Of The Week!



Little Miss Tommi stands 15.3 hands with a nice build.  She is sound, sane and vice free.  Tommi is very sweet with a kind personality.  She gets along well in a herd and is very easy to handle.  Tommi is track broke but should retrain very easily for a new career. She will make a lovely hunter or pleasure prospect.  Tommi is current on vaccines. This is a very special mare who is looking for a new career.  
$800 negotiable on adoption contract to an approved home


info@secondstartthoroughbreds.org or we can be contacted by phone at 

519-688-0722. View more horses at  www.secondstartthoroughbreds.org 



Coming Events

Send us all your coming events for 2014 





Bertie Willoughby Saddle Club - Swap Meet May 3 at a NEW Location 1100 Niagara Street  Welland -BUILDING B -Contact Amber Gilbert @ 905-892-0006 or ambergilbert89@gmail.com 

Tables are $25.00 each 

Show Dates  all to be held at the Welland Fairgrounds 1100 Niagara Street Welland Please Use South gate, off Quaker Rd). Shows to start at 9:30am

May 18 * June 15 * June 29 * July 20 * August 17 

Raindate Only August 31

Banquet will be held in November 2014 


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