International & National

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) announces an open call for proposals to investigate the therapeutic effects of horses on humans. The Foundation’s broad research agenda includes basic research as well as clinical studies that will ultimately impact physical and mental health and quality of life for those engaged in equine-assisted activities/therapies (EAA/T).

As a result of the number of positive Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) cases recently diagnosed across Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is proposing a new National EIA Disease Control Program, and is seeking public feedback by the deadline of June 30, 2018.

The BC SPCA has asked the City of Victoria to ban all horse-drawn carriages and trolleys on streets of the city. The letter written by BC SPCA CEO Craig Daniell and addressed to City of Victoria mayor Lisa Helps was sent to city council after a video surfaced of an incident on May 4, 2018, showing two trolley horses that fell after a bus pulled up behind the trolley, which was operated by Victoria Carriage Tours.

Sunnybrook Stables, the site of one of Canada’s first indoor riding arenas, was the scene of a massive barn fire in the early morning hours of May 21, 2018. Up to 50 Toronto firefighters battled the two-alarm blaze that broke out around 3 a.m. EST, engulfing one barn and spreading to another. Sixteen horses died, and 13 more horses were moved to safety from the second burning barn, and later moved again to the Canadian National Exhibition grounds with the assistance of the Toronto Police Mounted Unit.

Renowned show jumper, Sympatico (The Hammer x Black Gang) has been announced as a 2018 inductee to the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in Lexington, KY. The 1965 Thoroughbred gelding dominated the show jumping circuits of the 1970s, and was a decorated member of the Canadian Equestrian Team (CET).

Millions of donkeys across Africa are under threat from poachers as the demand for the cosmetic ingredient “ejiao” is driving a brutal donkey skins trade.


Source: Equine Guelph

Esther the Wonder Pig, the real-life star of a new hit children’s book and one of the most beloved and famous pigs on Earth, is making a very large contribution to the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

The porcine celebrity, and the two men who rescued her as a tiny piglet, are the benefactors behind a large, lifesaving scanner coming to OVC. The Pegaso CT scanner – the first of its kind in Canada – in some ways mirrors the trail-blazing Esther.





Manitoba Horse Council