2013 eNews

The community in Alberta really pulled together this past week to help out their own fellow neighbours, friends, family, strangers and four legged animals. The equine community was very quick to respond to social media outlets asking for all kinds of support for flood victims and their livestock. The Alberta Equestrian Federation’s Facebook post asking for help on Thursday June 20th at 6:39pm was shared 349 times accompanied by 135 comments and offers for assistance with livestock in need. These offers came from all over Alberta and included all types of livestock assistance: everything from transportation to stabling, to pasture and included pet friendly accommodations in people’s homes. The response was overwhelming and we truly saw the horse community in Alberta unite to help their own out.

After the water has begun to subside, the true sense of loss begins. In the horse community, we seem to have had some lucky horse shoes on our side this time. The reports of displaced livestock are minimal and the loss of livestock life, at this stage, is also minimal. We spoke to the Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) Livestock Alert Line and they had not received a single call requesting help due to flooding. According to Lorna Baird, Executive Director with AFAC, “the alert line only received calls from people looking to offer help, none from people seeking help.”


Over the three days of the school tours, almost 10,000 students were on the grounds at Aggie Days. And despite the weather, thousands of children andAggie_days_13_3 their parents/guardians attended on the weekend as well.


New laser technology introduced to UCVM with help from Equine Foundation of Canada

By Gloria Visser-Niven

The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) now has a state-of-the-art surgical laser thanks to a generous gift of $20,000 from theaEFC2 Equine Foundation of Canada (EFC), which contributed to the overall costs of the technology.   

The Dornier Diode Laser was unveiled in early March to a group of UCVM clinicians, veterinarians from the Distributed Veterinary Teaching Hospital (DVTH) and members of the Equine Foundation of Canada executive.

“It is very gratifying to see how the money that was provided to the college is spent to help the welfare of horses and learning for veterinarians,” said Eldon Bienert, President, Equine Foundation of Canada.


By Robyn Brown, EST

Many of us have our horses schedules relax during the cold months, making maintaining physical fitness and reaching goals a challenge. During this time it is along_lineimportant to remember the key facts in maintaining and gaining condition without causing injury or sickness. Starting a fitness program after an extended holiday needs to be done with a few things in mind.

The basics of a conditioning program should be centered around your goals as a rider and be specific to your horse.  There are many factors to remember when designing your program and many professionals available that can help you with this.  The extent of your training specifics should alter with your horse’s age, sex, breed, discipline, competition schedule, terrain and weather conditions.


Farmers Asking How Program Changes Impact Their Operation

With just weeks remaining for Alberta farmers to enrol in AgriStability for 2013, many producers are asking how upcoming changes to the program will impact their farms.

“Some farmers are asking if it’s still worthwhile to participate in the program because they say ‘Commodity prices are high and times have been good on my farm, so I haven’t collected a payout for a few years. Why do I need AgriStability?” says Vicki Chapman, with Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC). AFSC administers AgriStability on behalf of the federal and provincial governments.



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