Alberta Horse Industry

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Equine Health Education for Horse Owners

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Sponsored by Horse Industry Association of Alberta and the University of Calgary - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Our First New Educational Platform for 2018!

Saturday April 7, 2018
University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine Building, Libin Theatre,
3320 Hospital Dr. NW, Calgary, AB

Registration for Event opens at 9:00 am

Ticket Price:Adults $60.00 Students $50.00
Youths 15 & under accompanied by an Adult are Free
(Paypal, Credit Card, Cheque or Cash accepted)

Ticket includes: unlimited coffee, tea and water throughout the day and
access to our Special Sponsor Booth Area

Fresh and Delicious Lunch will be available to purchase (for $6.00) offering Gluten-free options.
Parking available in Lot #6 on level 1, 2 or 3 for
a cost of $14.25 for the day (right across the road from UCVM).

Walk-in registration opens at 9:00 am, April 7, 2018 with the event starting at 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

To Register Online Click here

Join us to learn about the newest and most pertinent information so YOU can take ownership of your own horse’s health. The following are the subjects we will address:

BREATHING AND PERFORMANCE - “Let’s Look Inside Your Horse”
Dr. Renaud Leguillette will delve into airways; dust ramifications; equine asthma; how to determine what is happening when your horse STOPS; how to identify throat problems; and some up to date solutions for helping get your horse back to peak performance.

EQUINE NUTRITION - "The Basics of Equine Nutrition"
Dr. Ashley Whitehead will identify basic nutritional requirements, matching the performance expectations of the horse, with the appropriate feeding programs.

EQUINE ACUPUNCTURE - “Equine Acupuncture – A Complementary Therapy”
Dr. Jean-Yin Tan will explain why acupuncture is a viable complement to the mainstream medicines that are available to the horsemen today.

Dr. Ashley Whitehead will outline one of the most common internal issues that horsemen deal with every day - stomach ulcers. Dr. Whitehead will discuss why they have become so common, symptoms associated with ulcers, and research to help fix the problem.

THE HORSE ATHLETE - “The Mechanics Behind the Performance”.
Dr. Renaud Leguillette will look at basic equine anatomy and how it influences the horse’s performance.

The following specialists being featured are:

Dr. Renaud Leguillette - an Associate Professor and Interim Department Head of the department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. Dr Leguillette specializes in inflammartory lung diseases, like heaves, and IAD (Inflammmatory Airway Disease), as well as a focus on cardio-respiratory physiology. The topic will include issues concerning equine breathing and up-to-date research.

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Dr. Ashley Whitehead - Dr. Ashley Whitehead completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2005. Dr. Whitehead obtained the status of Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM) in 2012. Dr. Whitehead practices within UCVM’s Distributed Veterinary Learning Community at Moore Equine Veterinary Centre. She is clinically involved in equine infectious diseases, gastrointestinal conditions, neonatal foal intensive care and acupuncture.

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Dr. Jean-Yin Tan
- Dr. Jean-Yin Tan is board-certified in internal medicine. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Dr. Tan completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in 2005. Dr. Tan completed her large animal internal medicine residency at the University of Minnesota in 2008. Dr. opened a highly successful ambulatory and referral equine veterinary clinic outside of Syracuse, New York in 2011. She joined University of Calgary as an instructor in Equine Clinical Sciences in 2015 and is trained in equine acupuncture and certified in equine rescue.

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Our distinquished Sponsors:


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Success with Horses


Thoroughbred Lasting Careers Society


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Be sure to visit Horse Industry Association of Alberta for updates!

Thursday December 8, 2011

Edmonton, Alberta – Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) announced today the appointment of Mr. Rick LeLacheur as Chairman of the Board for a term of three years.

Rick LeLacheur comes to HRA with extensive business experience and community involvement. He brings to the industry many years of senior management experience in economic development, and tourism/sports management.


By: Jennifer Woods

Stress: A mentally or emotionally disruptive or upsetting condition occurring in response to adverse external influences and capable of affecting physical health.

Most people do not realize how stressful transportation can be for even the most seasoned traveling equine. The possible affects of stress on horses during transport include colic, diarrhea, laminitis, shipping fever, injury, performance impediment, weight loss, dehydration, disease or even death. Through awareness of the key transport stressors, horse owners and caregivers can alleviate stress levels and the adverse affects.

Transport stressors include:
Changes in temperature, humidity, air qualityatrailer_ventilationMixing with unfamiliar animals
Confinement in unfamiliar places
Unfamiliar movement underfoot
Climbing and descending
Physical demands
Disrupted feed patterns
Restricted movement


By: Heather Mitchell-Matheson

In any area of the equine world and in any region of the globe, there are gadgets and gismos used for countless applications when it comes to handling or training horses. Some are of the gentlest nature, others stem from a long history of proper horsemanship and even some still exist that maybe never served much purpose other than to inflict pain. Regardless of how someone personally feels about a certain training tool, there is one constant piece of equipment that can be seen used in manyachain different areas of the horse world: the chain.

The exact origin of the chain or “shank” is unclear but for as long as there has been workable metal and horses: there have been bits, spurs, chains and horse shoes. Prior to having workable metal readily available, most horsemen used leather or fibrous materials, like woven rope, as tools for equine related work. In essence the chain has been used for hundreds of years and in general it was used to further control or restrain livestock for any particular reason. A shank is defined as “a chain attached to a lead rope.”[1] According to Wikipedia, “a lead shank or lead chain refers to a lead line with a chain attached that is used in a variety of ways to safely control possibly difficult or dangerous horses if they will not respond to a regular lead.”[2]


From April 18-22, HIAA and ASI were involved with Aggie Days in Calgary teaching urban school students all about horses with our popular equine welfare and care education5photo centre. From Wednesday to Friday, around 10 000 students were on the grounds being educated about agriculture. They were accompanied by 3500 teachers and 4000 volunteers. Thanks to Linda Jesse and Kathy Marston for teaching these students with us.



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