A webinar series offered by a Canadian university will cover several topics, including multiple aspects of performance horse nutrition. * Photo by Kelly Forrister via Unsplash

Webinar Series Highlights Broodmare, Foal & Performance Horse Nutrition & Care

Broodmare management, restarting a business after a shutdown and foal nutrition are among the topics of a free webinar series offered by Equine Guelph.

The University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, will offer the partnership program, Taking Science to the Stable, aims to deliver informative and insightful knowledge from experienced industry professionals. It will run every two weeks through Aug. 18.

Sign up for the webinars at uoguel.ph/equine-science-webinars

*Note: the registration survey will close at 12 p.m. (noon) the day before an equine webinar. It will re-open the day after an equine webinar. This is to ensure participants receive the webinar Zoom link on time. Register at: uoguel.ph/equine-science-webinars

Webinar Topics

Webinars 1, 3, and 5 are part of a Nutrition Series and will be presented by Don Kapper, a highly experienced equine nutritionist. Kapper graduated from Ohio State University and achieved his credentials as a professional animal scientist from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists in 1996 and has been a sought-after speaker for equine meetings in both the U.S. and Canada. He was a member of the Performance Electrolyte Research team at the University of Guelph and wrote the chapter on applied nutrition for the authoritative veterinary textbook, “Equine Internal Medicine”, second edition. He is now retired after 35 years of helping owners, trainers and veterinarians understand their feeds and feeding, to improve the health and welfare of their horses.

1. Broodmare Management and Nutrition aired at 7 p.m. EST on June 16. Replay available at https://mailchi.mp/opened/equine-webinars

Do you know the daily nutrient needs of your broodmare? Prenatal nutrients are important in every trimester. Changes in management and nutrition can help you improve the health of your mare and reduce early development problems in foals. Join Don Kapper in this webinar to understand why forage is so important and how paying attention to what you feed your pregnant and lactating mares can produce better health outcomes.

2. What’s Next? How to restart your business after a shutdown – Panel Presentation, June 30 at 7 p.m. EST

Wondering how to rebuild your business after the pandemic? Let’s talk about the first steps to take in recovering from the pandemic shutdown and the complexities of reopening. In this webinar, our panel will discuss how to understand where you are in your business right now, and how to determine which parts are worth reigniting as you move forward. Our panelist will share examples of how they are addressing the new operational challenges and stimulate ideas on how you can plan to diversify and prepare a sustainable future for your business.

3. Foal Management and Nutrition of Newborn, Suckling, Growing and Orphan Foals – Don Kapper, July 14 at 7 p.m. EST

Start them right from the first day. In every growth phase, foals need to meet all nutrient requirements to reach optimal growth rates, immune response, and performance. Join Don Kapper in this webinar and find out what, why and how the newborn foal needs to be fed based on the maturity of their digestive system and ‘rate of growth’.

4. Routine equine handling using low stress and cooperative care techniques – Dr. Robin Foster , July 28 at 7 p.m. EST

Horses are expected to tolerate a wide range of handling and health care procedures, such as tying, trailer loading, grooming, bathing, taking oral paste, being injected, having a temperature taken, and more. While these routine procedures are only mildly unpleasant, some horses react with fear, avoidance, and aggressive behaviours. This webinar will describe how equine distress can be reduced and safety increased by sleuthing out and addressing the underlying reason for the horse’s distress, and by practicing low-stress handling, positive training, and cooperative care techniques.

5. Performance Nutrition – Feeding and Management of the Performance Horse – Don Kapper, August 4 at 7 p.m. EST

This webinar will concentrate on meeting all of the nutritional needs of performance horses, based on their level of performance. This includes selecting ‘optimal’ feed for the appropriate ‘fuel’ (fast twitch vs. slow twitch muscles) and recovery after exercise to help horses ‘bounce back” and perform on following days. This will include information to determine the calories in a feed, based on their ‘fat and fiber’ percentages and which is best to feed, based on their muscle fiber types and intensity of work plus help them recover and extend their longevity as a performance horse, thus performing to their genetic potential now and in the future.

6. Turning Science into Stories for Horse Owners – Emily Esterson, August 18 at 7 p.m. EST

Horse owners count on equine writers to provide accurate and relevant information. It is possible to write a great news story or an informative article by using the contents of a research paper as your starting point. This webinar will discuss finding research studies and teasing out the horse owner-focused content for your audience for multiple communication streams, while ensuring your stories are entertaining, informative and based on science.

Replays will be available at:  https://mailchi.mp/opened/equine-webinars