Gayle Ecker delivers senior horse workshop in Erin Equine Education Series

Mar 01, 2018 Comments Off by Admin

Story by: Nicole Weidner

Guelph, ON – March 1, 2018 – How old is a “senior” horse? That’s a tough question to answer, as it depends on a number of factors related to each individual horse. Differences in breed, previous use (e.g. recreational vs. competition), disease presence and genetics can mean that horses may be considered senior at many different ages. Attendees at the first of the Equine Education Workshop series on February 8, 2018 in Erin, ON learned about this topic and more from Equine Guelph’s director, Gayle Ecker.
Ecker covered topics related to aging, senior horse welfare, and the difficult, but important planning and decisions necessary to be prepared for when the time comes to say goodbye. The workshop was well attended, and participants (this media intern included) were engaged by Ecker’s vast and useful knowledge of the area. You can find more information on the topics covered by Ecker through several Equine Guelph resources, including the Senior Horse Challenge and the Euthanasia fact sheet.

The 2018 Erin Winter Equine Education workshop series is sponsored by the Town of Erin and Budson’s Farm and Feed Company. The final workshop of the series will be held on March 8th and will cover hoof care, looking at barefoot vs. horse shoes. Dr. Jeff Thomason from the Ontario Veterinary College will be participating in this presentation.

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