Sponsored by Northlands and Horse Industry Association of Alberta 

Source: Lianne Knechtel, Horse Industry Association of Alberta 

The Canadian Horse Wellness Expo is held each November during Farmfair International in Edmonton, Alberta, and features a number of speakers on a wide range of topics of interest to horse owners, breeders, and professionals.  

Check out the exciting schedule for the two-day expo this year:   

A Great Saddle Fit Makes for Effective and Comfortable Horses – Commonwealth Saddles and Rose Schwinghamer  

Comfortable horses last longer, and we all want of our partners to have long and happy careers. In this seminar we will examine the basics of saddle fitting and what we can do to ensure our equine partners are comfortable and effective while in the ring. We will also examine key points that you can use to check your own saddles at home and to employ while searching for new saddles. Join us to gain a wealth of knowledge around saddle fit for you and your horse - we guarantee you’ll feel comfortable and confident in your saddle decisions going forward. 

Finding and Connecting With that Special Horse - Ron Anderson

This presentation will deal with how to find that special horse. Ron will educate you on aspects of looking for a new horse, which traits are desirable, which traits and behaviours you can live with, and at the end of your journey, how to find a horse that will become a lifelong companion.  

Ron Anderson is a lifetime professional horseman. He has been involved in showing, training, judging, and coaching for nearly half a century. His involvement is largely Western performance based, and his willingness to share his thoughts and experience is motivated by the excellent horsemen who in turn shared their thoughts with him.  

Maximizing Your Horse's Full Potential Through Whole Body Massage – Vitality Equine and Brigette Meyer   

For Vitality Equine, whole body massage is an integral part to the well-being of a horse. Vitality Equine brings an anatomic-based therapy to ensure performance enhancement, injury prevention and an overall improvement in disposition. Horse owners will find that a tension- and stress-free horse that is provided regular massage is a much more willing and eager to please its partner.

Brigette Meyer is a certified and insured equine massage therapist. Her educational background includes a biology degree, which shapes her philosophy of looking at the body of the horse as a whole. 

Find Your Calling with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association – CanTRA 

The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) is a registered charity that promotes challenge, achievement, and empowerment for children and adults with disabilities through the use of the horse. CanTRA also provides education and instructor certification. 

There are now 80-plus member centers across Canada providing high quality therapeutic, recreation, life skills, and sport programs. CanTRA is a member of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI) and is recognized as the only governing body for therapeutic riding.

Clean Up and Restoration of All Things on the Farm – WideOpenSpaces and Michelle Wright

If you live on a farm, you’ve got lots of “stuff” and animals that you do not know what to do with. This presentation is more than just how to purge, it’s about our relationship with our animals and stuff, ours and intergenerational stuff. It’s also light hearted, because our things might be wearing us down, so it’s good to have a laugh or two about it!  

Michelle has been helping folks deal with their collections for several years, hopefully some of their stories will help you on your journey to clear out, clean up, and calm down. 

Why Did My Horse Do That? - Muffy Knox

Let’s take a look at some of the common reactions of horses and how we as handlers or riders influence what happens next.

Muffy Knox is an equine educator with a lifelong involvement with horses. Her resume includes coaching 4-H members and instructors, teaching at Olds College, presenter for HIAA’s Horses 101 and 201, and weekly Calgary Stampede School presentations. She has been involved with the Alberta Paint Horse Club since its inception. She is still training a few horses and coaching anyone who wants to learn (from the recreation level to those aspiring to the show pen).  

The Helmet of the Future! - Back on Track and Tobi Simms

Back on Track is a Swedish company that creates Far Infrared textiles for horses, people, and their dogs to help with chronic pain and daily performance. Back on Track is passionate about helping those in pain and bringing to market unique and effective products for better health, wellness, and head safety. Back on Track launched the first equestrian riding helmet with MIPS (Multi Directional Impact Protection System) in 2018 and has been passionate about educating riders about head injuries.

Extreme Cowboy Racing: The Ins and Outs of Horse Preparation – Presenters to be Announced

The Extreme Cowboy Race (ECR) is a multi-faceted equestrian sporting event that showcases both horse and rider as they maneuver through a series of obstacles demonstrating both their amazing horsemanship skills and incredible speed. Extreme Cowboy Alberta is committed to offering and providing a fun, safe, equine sport for the whole family. Their Western spirit will encourage, respect, and support all rider levels. Through this, ECA is partnered with The Extreme Cowboy Association. ECR provides all ages of riders and all horse breeds the opportunity to compete in a timed obstacle event.

Horses have been a partner for man throughout the ages. Today, the horse’s primary use is for recreation and a fairly new role for this versatile animal has emerged. The horse has redefined his partnership with people in a way that no machine can replace. Come find out how people improve the quality of their lives with the use of horses!

Come to The Horse Wellness Expo during Farmfair International 2019 in Edmonton this November 9 and 10 for two days of education for both horse and rider!

Click Here to find out all the exciting equine events being held at the Horse Wellness Expo during this year’s Farmfair International.  

The Horse Industry Association of Alberta (HIAA) was established in 1982 to provide a unified voice for the Alberta horse industry and strengthen it through advocacy, education, and research. The HIAA office is located in Airdrie, AB, and HIAA is governed by a seven-member volunteer Board of Directors representing various aspects of the horse industry.

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