Reminder: Free Gut Health Course

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Officials with Equine Guelph have issued a reminder regarding the guest speakers that will be taking part in the free gut health course which is exclusive to racing.

Given the demanding life of the equine athlete, a high number of racehorses are at risk of digestive tract health concerns such as ulcers and colic. In a new online short course by Equine Guelph on TheHorsePortal.ca (from March 11 – 29) you can learn from experts how to reduce the chance of digestive tract issues in your barn, and improve your horse’s performance on the track.

High energy concentrates and the need for high energy diets to sustain performance and body condition can contribute to digestive health issues. Highly experienced equine nutritionist Don Kapper (Professional Animal Scientist) will be sharing his wealth of knowledge on feeding for optimal digestive health and performance. Kapper is the author of the chapter on ‘Applied Nutrition’ for the authoritative veterinary textbook: ‘Equine Internal Medicine’, 2nd edition and was a member of the ‘Performance Electrolyte Research’ team at the University of Guelph.

Dr. Melissa McKee of McKee-Pownall Equine Services, discovered a love of the Standardbred athlete while attending veterinary school. After working as a veterinarian in New Jersey and Alberta, Dr. McKee returned to Ontario in 2002 and now focuses on helping race and performance horses reach their potential. She understands well the stress associated with being a high-level athlete, including race day, transport, and limited turn-out. McKee looks forward to the discussion forums offered in this unique online course.

Dr. Kyle Goldie practices in all areas of equine veterinary medicine and has a keen interest in Quarter Horse racing. He looks forward to this important course that will help horse owners detect early signs and symptoms of ulcers and colic, help assess management plans, and develop preventative strategies.

Free courses available to trainers, assistant trainers, grooms, jockeys, drivers and other current AGCO licence holders on a first-come, first-served basis with coupon code. Limited space is available.

Join the winning herd improving performance through digestive health. Never taken an online course before? No worries! This course takes a common sense and practical approach to training – no prior online learning experience required. Time online is flexible and at your convenience, working around your schedule. AGCO licence holders can find coupon codes and sign up for Gut Health & Colic Prevention, exclusive to racing industry members at www.TheHorsePortal.ca/RacingPilot.

Equine Guelph thanks the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for providing education, training and awareness project funding in support of AGCO licensees.

(Equine Guelph)