2010 News Archive

altAnswer: Currently, there are no ID requirements for equines in Canada other than the requirements of specific breed registries. However, a Premises ID is required by law for those keeping horses, or other livestock, on their Alberta property. Visit the Alberta Government web site for more information.

In addition, as of July 31, 2010, all equines presented at a slaughter plant must be accompanied by an EID, Equine Information Document. This document will include identification of the animal, a record of illness and a record of medical treatments administered for the preceding six-month period. The EID requires a signed declaration by the owner of the equine as to the accuracy of the information in the document. A number of drugs are not permitted in equines being slaughtered for food and more are permitted only with a 6-month withrawal period.
For complete information on the EID and the list of veterinary drugs not permitted or permitted only with a 6-month withdrawal period, visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) web site.

altThe Horse Industry Association of Alberta presented its "Equine Welfare and Care" exhibit throughout the Spruce Meadows school tours program and the Spruce Meadows 'National' in June.

The 30x60 pavilion included exhibits on feed, water & nutrition, composting and manure management, gaits of the horse, shelter & clothing and life cycle, which displayed a live mare and foal. School children and members of the public were encouraged to touch every part of the displays, including the horses.

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by Joel Wilkinson

How to overcome fear.
Now here is the key idea.  Researchers have demonstrated that we have a window of approximately .25 seconds to interrupt the conditioned process between a stimulus and our response and catch our thinking, or catch our fear, and make a better choice. This is accomplished within the neocortex and is referred to as the “growth point”. For example, imagine that you have been working with your horse on trailer loading and things have been going well. Then, perhaps you are running late to get to an appointment and you need to quickly load your horse into the trailer. All of a sudden, your horse simply does not want to go into the trailer. In this case, the stimulus is the horse deciding not to go into the trailer and because of this, you may get frustrated and get angry with your horse. You may think that your horse is trying to be difficult. However, I invite you to consider that your interpretation of the horse’s reaction is simply that – your interpretation.


Representatives from national and provincial organizations and breed groups gathered in Calgary on June 7 to share ideas, present issues and discuss solutions for the equine ID system that has become inevitable for our industry. The conference was presented by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta with funding through the provincial and federal governments’ Growing Forward program.


Turtle Fearby Joel Wilkinson

In a recent eNews article “Getting Back in the Saddle: Managing Fear”,  Nettie Barr  of www.canadiannaturalhorsemanship.com discussed how fear can limit us from doing the things we enjoy and she proposed a number of very useful strategies for overcoming fear issues related to horses.

Fear Limits our potential:
In my work as a Success and Performance Coach, I see people struggling with flar in on a daily basis. In fact, it is my belief that fear is the primary limiter of human potential. When I work with athletes, students, professionals, and business people from all walks of life who feel they are not living up to their full potential as human beings, I consistently find that these people are wrestling with the same challenges, which can be summed up in one word – FEAR.



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