Equine Guelph and SHF have announced a new Horse Behaviour & Safety course, marking its first online training offering available to youth in the Canadian equine industry. The three-week online short course will run from October 2-22, 2017 and bring together young horse enthusiasts from across Canada and beyond.
The course will be delivered on The Horse Portal – a new e-training platform designed to provide a practical, common sense community approach to learning for horse enthusiasts of all ages.


Interacting with horses poses a high risk of injury to people of all ages. In Canada, horses are the #1 cause of animal-related injuries; 67% of animal-related injuries (requiring hospitalization) are caused by horses. All too often, injuries occur due to lack of education or understanding of equine behavior and proper handling practices. In fact, a current study shows that half of equine-related injury patients believe their injuries were preventable and due to human error.

“We are proud that our first online course for youth will deliver safety training to this grassroots segment of our industry,” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. “The Horse Portal will bring together our young people in a safe, online community where they will learn how to ‘speak horse’ – and, ultimately, stay safe around horses and on the farm!”

The course will offered to youth aged 14-17. In addition, an adult version of the Horse Behaviour & Safety course is scheduled to run at the same time this fall.

As a result of the partnership between SHF and Equine Guelph, a special 10% course discount is available for both adult and junior members. 

For more information, go to TheHorsePortal.ca/SHF

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