International & National

April 8, 2019 – During the 2019 foal season, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) will cover the cost of conducting equine necropsy (post-mortem) examinations on aborted fetuses, stillbirths or euthanized foals that are suspected to be cases of warmblood fragile foal syndrome (WFFS).

The University of Guelph periodically calls together Canada’s horse community, to develop a consensus on the community’s shared national priorities. The university’s most recent Equine Industry Symposium (EIS) has now created the Guelph Equine Public Policy Group, to advance those priorities with Canada’s governments and public institutions.

It was 2007, and I was a fledgling professor attending my first International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) conference in Michigan, USA. Having attended previous scientific conferences, I had a preconceived vision of long, boring talks in darkened rooms designed to encourage napping, interspersed with coffee and cookies, and occasional glimpses of the lovely weather outside I was missing. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

March 21, 2019 – The Ontario Government will provide $10 million per year to support programs for breeders and horse people through the Horse Improvement Program (HIP). The funding will support breeding and industry development for Ontario-bred horses and will be administered by Ontario Racing, replacing the Enhanced Horse Improvement Program previously administered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

February 28, 2019 – We are rapidly approaching the spring solstice in the northern hemisphere and autumn solstice in the southern hemisphere. For caregivers concerned about the health of their metabolic horses, this can be a busy time sorting out what they may need to know about the current health status of their equine.

February 20, 2019, Saskatoon, SK – The 8th Annual Saskatchewan Equine Expo, held on the weekend of February 14 – 17, 2019, at Saskatoon’s Prairieland Park, showcased the diversity of the equine industry with demonstrations, competitions, and information sessions.

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has issued guidelines to the equestrian community to protect horses from and prevent transmission of equine influenza, following confirmed outbreaks of the virus in Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Nigeria, United Kingdom, and the United States since the beginning of the year.

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