2008 News Archive

In the early 80’s, a horse owner and native Nova Scotian had a vision of forming a group which would benefit the welfare of the horse, unbiased as to breed or area of the country. George Wade spent much time and energy having the Morgan Horse Foundation registered as a charity with Revenue Canada. In the early years, the Foundation, recognizing the growing shortage of equine vets, mainly provided scholarships to veterinary students who were going into equine practice. These students were at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the Equine Research Centre at the University of Guelph, the University of Montreal Equine Centre, and the Atlantic University Vet College.

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To reinforce the importance of caring for horses at all stages of their lives, the Alberta Equine Welfare Group has issued standards for the acceptable care and handling of horses to be transported.

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The new manual on Nutrition & Feeding Management for Horse Owners is now available from Alberta Agriculture. Written by Susan Novak and Anna Kate Shoveller, this publication covers evaluating your horse’s condition, digestive physiology, nutrients and their functions, water, energy, protein, minerals, vitamins, feedstuffs, and feeding management. To order your copy, visit www.agriculture.alberta.ca/publications.



The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is reminding horse owners, and those who transport horses, of the federal regulations that govern the humane transportation of animals in Canada.

Anyone wanting to transport horses for business or personal use must first ensure that the animals are healthy enough to handle the stress of transportation. When in doubt, seek the advice of a veterinarian or contact the CFIA before loading animals.

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Agreement Reached on New Rules Covering the Identification of Equiade

EU Member States have reached agreement on a new European Regulation that will revise existing equine identification [Horse Passport] legislation. The main new requirement is the compulsory microchipping of foals born after 1 July 2009.

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 New trends, latest research and leading strategies on farm animal welfare attracted record numbers to the Livestock Care Conference, April 4 in Red Deer. The annual conference, featuring international heavyweights in the field, is hosted by Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC), a partnership of Alberta's major livestock groups, with a mandate to promote responsible, humane animal care within the livestock industry.

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Creating a strong future while addressing today’s issues was the theme that tied together two recipients of an award presented by Alberta’s livestock industry to recognize people making a difference in promoting humane livestock care.

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100 horses seized by the Alberta SPCA near Andrew, Alberta, were scheduled for auction on March 9 but instead have been moved to an Edmonton area farm by the newly established "Rescue 100". Under the guidance of the SPCA, the group will aid the horses in recovering from their neglect before offering them for adoption. For more information on Rescue 100, visit their web site at www.rescue100.com
Humane treatment of horses throughout their lifetime and at death is a priority, states the Equine Welfare Group. This industry group has made it very clear that it does not tolerate any neglect or undue suffering. Read more...

A report on horses as food producing animals has been completed by the Alberta Equine Welfare Group. It presents facts on the humane treatment of horses processed in Alberta and Canada for food, identifies areas that need improvement and spells out the impact of the closure of horse meat plants in the US. The aim is to provide a base of information to encourage constructive, open communication on a sensitive issue and address ways to continually improve horse welfare.

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On Friday, January 11 a complimentary afternoon of education was offered for those in the stable industry. 150 stable owners, managers and staff were on-hand to learn from four presenters: Dan French, Okotoks Animal Clinic, on Managing the Health of Client Horses; Christina Weese on Web Sites for Stable Owners; Rob Mulloy, Calgary Health Region, on Equestrian Injuries - Incidence, Patterns & Risk Factors; and Heather McInnes, MD of Foothills, with Development Considerations for Stables.
Healthy horses and those suspected of having respiratory issues are needed. The results of this study will allow researches to assess the prevalence, risk factors and cost of respiratory diseases (like heaves) in Alberta. To participate, go to www.ucalgary.ca/heaves to fill out the online questionnaire or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a questionnaire invitation.

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