March Equine Education Madness!

Last year was really something else, The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the way we work, play and celebrate. Like so many other events, due to COVID-19 the popular HCBC BC Equine Education Summit and the Community Talks Travelling Road Show programs had to be cancelled. Horse Council BC and our horse community are strong and we are resilient, We will not let COVID-19 bully us, so to give back to our members and as a thankyou for sticking with us, Horse Council BC would like to bring to you:

March Equine Education Madness!

For the Month of March, join us every Monday evening at 7:00pm PST from the comfort of your own couch, bring your questions and enjoy presentations from leading Industry experts, speaking on topics such as:

“Silent suffering: Lack of REM sleep in horses.”
“A heavy burden: obesity and associated health risks in horses”
Biomechanics, Saddle fitting, and a presentation by Western Canadian Farriers Association

Sessions are offered free to all current HCBC members and will also be available to Non members for $35.00 per session or $100.00 for all 5 (+tax)All sessions will take place online at 7pm. To register for all five sessions please click here.

Thank you to our partner Western College of Veterinary Medicine!

Schedule and Speakers List:

All sessions will take place online at 7pm. To register for all five sessions please click here.

March 1st: The Saddle Doctor, Leslie McGill 

March 8th: Looking Beyond Lameness with Dr. James Carmalt

Looking beyond lameness

In this presentation, Dr. James Carmalt urges owners to question whether simple lameness is the only reason behind poor performance in their horses. Dr. Carmalt will ask participants to seriously consider other health issues — such as poor teeth, back pain and temporomandibular (TMJ) disease — as potential sources of pain and decreased performance for their equine partners.

Dr. James Carmalt
MA, VetMB, MVetSc, PhD, FRCVS, DABVP (Equine), DAVDC (Equine), DACVSMR (Equine), DACVS
After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1998, Dr. James Carmalt came to Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) for a large animal medicine internship. In between time spent in Australia working in general practice and an equine speciality practice, Dr. Carmalt completed two WCVM residencies in equine practice and large animal surgery. In 2007, he joined the WCVM faculty where he directs the ACVS large animal surgery residency program and is an equine surgery professor. Dr. Carmalt travels extensively to work in private practices and academic institutions internationally. He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications and has presented his research at more than two dozen international conferences. His main research areas are equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), equine dentistry (temporomandibular joint disease or TMJ), and evidence-based medicine.

Session 2 Questions & Answers

March 15th: “A heavy burden: obesity and associated health risks in horses” with Dr. Julia Montgomery

Dr. Julia Montgomery, MedVet, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal) Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), University of Saskatchewan

Dr.  Montgomery is an assistant professor in the WCVM Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and a board-certified specialist in large animal internal medicine at the WCVM’s Veterinary Medical Centre in Saskatoon, Sask. After graduating from the School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany, in 2003, Dr. Montgomery undertook a one-year clinical internship at Virginia Tech Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va. Her next move was to the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, P.E.I., where she completed a three-year residency in large animal internal medicine and a PhD degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College. Dr. Montgomery worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the WCVM’s Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences from for two years before joining the college’s faculty and clinical team in 2013. Her teaching areas include large animal internal medicine as well as veterinary anatomy with a focus on large animal comparative anatomy. She has a special clinical interest in respiratory, gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases of horses and equine nutrition. Her current research includes two research streams in the areas of equine internal medicine (equine asthma; equine metabolic syndrome; use of capsule endoscopy in horses) and equine rehabilitation.

Session 3 Questions & Answers

March 22nd: “Silent suffering: Lack of REM sleep in horses” with Dr. Christine Fuchs

Dr. Christine Fuchs is a Veterinary Specialist for Horses at Equine Clinic in Luesche.

Dr. Fuchs and her team of scientists set out to research sleep deprivation in horses. Sleep is essential for life. The quality and quantity of a horse’s sleep directly affects their health and well-being. However, sleep is rarely considered as part of a horse’s management plan. This study has found that poor management or physical problems can lead to horses becoming sleep deprived and at risk of serious injury. Dr. Fuchs presented their findings at the 14th International Society of Equitation Science (ISES) conference in Rome. Dr. Christine Fuchs and Dr. Anna-Caroline Wöhr received the 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Welfare Medal in recognition of outstanding research in animal health for their work.

Session 4 Questions & Answers

March 29th: “Equine Hoof Care” Brought to you by The Western Canadian Farriers Association

The WCFA is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 1983, with a goal to inform and educate the public of the quality of Farrier services that are available. Through clinics, competitions, monthly newsletters and meetings, we continually aim to promote a level of excellence in the art of Farrier science.

Topics included:

  • Anatomy/function and its relation to hoof care
  • Common foot diseases
  • Ergonomics and safe working areas
  • “There is no I in team”: working with your vet and farrier
  • Case studies
  • Questions

Session 5 Questions & Answers