2010 Horse Breeders & Owners Conference

What is “animal welfare” and why has it risen to be such a priority in the minds of so many people? How can we define animal welfare, measure and assess it, and what are some of the key horse welfare issues that we should be discussing and doing something about?


Derek Haley is currently an Assistant Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College. His research program focuses on farm animal behaviour and animal welfare, and he teaches these subjects in the Doctor of  Veterinary Medicine program. After completing his PhD at WCVM, Dr. Haley was employed in Alberta as the Provincial Livestock Welfare Specialist.


How “natural horsemanship” concepts make training the show horse simpler, no matter what your discipline. Thinking like a horse, Lindsay gives a step-by-step plan to teach show ring skills.


Coach, equine advice columnist and judge, Lindsay Grice trains horses and riders for both English and Western events. Lindsay’s popular riding clinics take her throughout Canada and into the US. She is an Equine Canada judge and AQHA judge for Novice Shows. Lindsay is a regular guest lecturer for the University of Guelph’s equine programs.


How natural supplements can benefit the health of your horse -- popular supplements such as glucosamine and shark cartilage, and medicinal herbs such as ginseng, Echinacea and garlic. An inside look at quality controls, the regulatory framework which supports these products in Canada, and research that has been conducted on natural supplements in horses.


Dr. Wendy Pearson is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow doing research on medicinal herbs as anti-inflammatory agents in horses at the University of Guelph. Her research has focused on Equine Natural Products, with a Masters in Nutritional Toxicology and a PhD in Biomedical Toxicology. Dr. Pearson has authored more than 20 scientific peer-reviewed research papers and spoken at events all over the world.


There are now at least eight commercially available genetic tests for inherited diseases in horses. This presentation will cover these diseases and use of genetic tests in breeding programs.


Stephanie Valberg is professor and Director of the University of Minnesota Equine Center. Dr. Valberg’s research centers on neuromuscular diseases in horses with a special focus on genetic diseases of skeletal muscle and their nutritional management. She has received several research awards, has over 110 scientific publications and is a frequent speaker at national and international veterinary, nutrition and genetic conferences.


Feeding horses has been often described as a combination of both art and science. Part of the science is providing feed in a manner that not only meets the horse’s nutritional needs but also maintains a healthy digestive tract. How can you feed to keep your horse healthy?


Dr. Coleman earned his BSc in Animal Sciences and MS in Animal Nutrition from the University of Manitoba, and a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Alberta. Dr. Coleman is currently an Associate Professor and Extension Horse Specialist at the University of Kentucky and was appointed Director of Undergraduate Studies for the new Equine Science and Management degree program.



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