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March 22
HCBC Staff

If you own horses and / or are responsible for the care of horses please take five minutes to complete an important survey respecting the Code of Practice

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March 3
EnJ Equine First Aid Training

When you only have Minutes Every Second counts ... take the training that could save your horses life

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March 3
Emma Hamilton

Southlands Heritage Farm is hosting a half day Equine First Aid Clinic April 14, 2017 4pm to 8pm

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February 15
Langley Environmental Partners Society

LEPS’ Manure Link program is a free resource for BC’s equine owners. Visit www.manurelink.com for helpful information

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December 21, 2016
HCBC Staff

When appraising hay, keep in mind the following 10 points:

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December 14, 2016
HCBC Staff

study results suggest some horses compensate for lameness by changing the angle of leaning in one direction of a circle.

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December 14, 2016
HCBC Staff

study results suggest some horses compensate for lameness by changing the angle of leaning in one direction of a circle.

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December 5, 2016
HCBC Staff

The answer may not be what you think it is!

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December 5, 2016
Andrea Ernst

Okanagan Based Commercial Equine Transportation - Kentucky Style Six-Horse Van Survey Request

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September 29, 2016
HCBC Staff

Equine Guelph's new Barn Fire Prevention Tool

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June 23, 2016
HCBC Staff

“You don’t have to have an Olympic horse to benefit from it. It will help anyone exercise their horse better, or give the proper recovery protocol after an exercise, or give the proper training schedule.” By Annalise Klingbeil , Postmedia

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May 5, 2016
HCBC Staff

Tight nosebands can mask unwanted behaviour in horses, which might be indicative of either pain or deficiencies in training,

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May 4, 2016
Kelly Coughlin

Finding your next horse often requires great investment of both time and money. When you have finally found “the one,” you have one more critical step to take

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April 27, 2016
HCBC Staff

Results from a Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) study have led to a nation-wide change in Equine Canada-sanctioned competition rules regulating the use of the drug firocoxib in performance horses.

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April 12, 2016
HCBC Staff

So how do you choose a hoof supplement if they all look similar?My horse has poor hoof quality. Would he benefit from a daily hoof supplement? If so, what ingredients should I look for that will really help my horse?

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April 6, 2016
HCBC Staff

This video shows a dairy barn but the same hazards apply in horse barns. Excellent video to watch

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March 22, 2016
HCBC Staff

Want to buy horse hay and feed in bulk? Find out how long each can be stored and is spoilage a concern?

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March 21, 2016
HCBC Staff

The mare and herd are the most qualified individuals to teach the newborn foal to become a developmentally healthy horse. Interference by

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March 10, 2016
HCBC Staff

The inherent potential for harm and risk in "training" a soft horse into fitness, before the horse's "structures" are ready to handle the stresses is that most training involves asking for degrees of athletic exertion that exceed "even" just walking.

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March 2, 2016
HCBC Staff

One thing NOT to do is fall back on that anthropomorphic "He is being bad." cop out. Horses are not people. I repeat: Horses are not people. One more time---Horses are not people.

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February 24, 2016
HCBC Staff

Disease Control With the recent outbreaks of equine disease within the U.S., the AAEP would like to provide you with additional resources to help provide you with information regarding outbreak location

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February 19, 2016
HCBC Staff

Horses can read human facial expressions, according to researchers at the University of Sussex. For the first time horses have been shown to be able to distinguish between angry and happy human facial expressions.

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February 19, 2016
HCBC Staff

Horse owners and veterinarians have been treating equine wounds for centuries. After all, horses are unabashedly practiced at the art of sustaining wounds.

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February 17, 2016
HCBC Staff

One way to increase energy consumption without offering more and more feed is through thoughtful supplementation of a high-calorie feedstuff. St

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February 10, 2016
HCBC Staff

“According to the most up-to-date consensus statement on gastric ulcers*, the development of ulcers appears to be most frequently reported in performance horses that are actively training or competing,” Crandell explained.

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January 28, 2016
Kelly Coughlin

The regulation requires that a person who has reasonable grounds to suspect that a reportable or notifiable disease has occurred must, within 24 hours, make a report to the office of the Chief Veterinarian.

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January 27, 2016
HCBC Staff

BC’s recently passed Animal Health Act requires veterinarians, and anyone responsible for an animal, to notify the Office of the Chief Veterinarian for BC

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January 25, 2016
HCBC Staff

The Horse Side Vet

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January 13, 2016
HCBC Staff

Most horses relocate from one place to another with few problems. When in doubt about how best to proceed, always choose the cautious approach.

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December 10, 2015
HCBC Staff

That is what is so fantastic about understanding learning theory: It frees you to a large extent from being spoon-fed about training and removes the glass ceiling of ignorance and secrecy.

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December 9, 2015
HCBC Staff

Let’s not mince words: horses and ponies are healthiest and happiest when they’re allowed the freedom to consume forage whenever they choose. The gastrointestinal tract is laid out

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November 18, 2015
HCBC Staff

as a horse’s workload increases, his requirement for vitamin E goes up, too. Signs of oxidative damage in working horses include muscle soreness and stiffness and slower-than-expected recovery from intense exercise.

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November 17, 2015
HCBC Staff

Research show that bedding does matter

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November 12, 2015
HCBC Staff

Even if 24-hour turnout isn't an option, there are steps owners can take to help improve stalled horses' welfare.

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November 12, 2015
HCBC Staff

By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · September 16, 2015

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October 21, 2015
HCBC Staff

Though these behaviors may be deeply rooted, hangry horses often have one thing in common: limited forage.Horses express “hanger” clearly and often noisily

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October 9, 2015
HCBC Staff

Camie Heleski, PhD, animal behavior and welfare instructor at MSU, presented the results on his behalf at the 11th annual International Society of Equitation Science conference, held Aug. 6-9 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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October 9, 2015
HCBC Staff

"We have forgotten that our connection to working animals is symbiotic, not selfish or exploitative."

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September 30, 2015
HCBC Staff

How do you measure something as intangible as happiness, and how do you define it?

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September 4, 2015
Kelly Coughlin

The effect of martingale attachments on rein tension in the ridden horse

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August 17, 2015
HCBC Staff

Feeding a balanced diet then taking care of nutrient replacement after exercise is imperative to keep horses performing well at an upper level of performance.

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July 29, 2015
HCBC Staff

"Horses are designed to be continuous grazers," explains Kapper. An 1100 pound horse will eat up to 18 hours a day consuming 2.0% to 2.5 % of their body weight

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June 23, 2015
HCBC Staff

Canadians are reminded to check Canada's import requirements before arriving at the border with their horses. Import requirements are in place to protect human and animal health and may change at any time in response to an animal disease outbreak in anothe

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June 18, 2015
HCBC Staff

It is a common perception that thrush is caused by poor hygiene and unclean living conditions. However, O’Grady explains this may not be totally accurate

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June 15, 2015
HCBC Staff

This article was originally posted March 05th, 2012 By Myrna MacDonald, but still good information to protect our horses

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June 10, 2015
HCBC Staff

The Ministry of Enviroment Conservation Officer Service COUGARS

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June 10, 2015
HCBC Staff

The well-rounded horse person is more than a good rider.

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June 3, 2015
HCBC Staff

Depending on his lifestyle and location, your horse might be at risk for suffering subtle but serious vitamin and mineral imbalances

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May 21, 2015
HCBC Staff

Dr Gustafson is the equine behaviour educator at the University of Guelph.

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April 17, 2015
HCBC Staff

Don’t rely on hearsay when it comes to caring for your horses’ hooves

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February 5, 2015
HCBC Staff

Researchers determined that exercise causes horses' back dimensions to change, which could negatively impact saddle fit.

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December 17, 2014
HCBC Staff

Back pain in horses may be more common than their owners or caregivers think, according to a survey and evaluation conducted by researchers from French and Canadian universities.

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December 12, 2014
Kelly Coughlin

Appreciating Horses--Introduction to Equine Behaviour Learn to see as the horse sees.

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November 18, 2014
HCBC Staff

It is important to bring a little science into the horse training world,

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November 13, 2014
HCBC Staff

, improper use of some commonly administered equine drugs can impact the health and safety of our horses more than we think.

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September 4, 2014
HCBC Staff

Courtesy of Equine Guelph

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September 3, 2014
HCBC Staff

Can equestrian professionals recognize signs of stress in the ridden horse - Can you?

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August 7, 2014
HCBC Staff

a veterinarian take on understanding and appreciating horses

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August 5, 2014
HCBC Staff

Excellent video on keeping your horse healthy on the road

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July 22, 2014
HCBC Staff

Equine Canada Member Notice

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June 21, 2014
Gloria Stelting

Blister Beetles are native to US PNW & reported in AB

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June 6, 2014
HCBC Staff

Thinking of gelding your colt?

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June 4, 2014
Kelly Coughlin

animals showed less aggressive behavior (such as kicking the door, laying their ears back, and biting threats) when the windows were open than when they were closed,

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May 29, 2014
HCBC Staff

two equine nutritionists to answer your burning questions about equine hydration.

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December 1, 2013
Carrie Halak

Can anyone recommend a good equine dentist?

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