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Linda Shantz

I’ve been fortunate enough to make a career out of caring for horses. As a teenager, it was assumed I’d pursue veterinary medicine, but instead I ran off to join the circus, opting for hands-on education in the Thoroughbred racing industry. I’ve been blessed with some incredible mentors who helped shape my skills and passion. For the past fifteen years, I’ve operated my own layup facility, covering all aspects of the racehorse life cycle: breeding, broodmare and foal management; breaking and training; rehabilitation; retraining and rehoming after retirement. In a brief attempt to behave like a sane person, I obtained a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals from the University of Guelph, and on the other side of my brain, I’m a professional equine artist. When I’m not at the barn or the easel, I’m working with my two off-track Thoroughbreds, with aspirations to event before I die.

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About this course

Horses are an amazing  – and sometimes frustrating – combination of strength and fragility. Sometimes, as horse owners, it feels as if they're constantly challenging Murphy's Law – what can go wrong, will! I'm sure I'm not the only one who has considered developing a horse-sized bubblewrap suit!

Emergencies are inevitable. This course is not about telling you when to call the vet; instead, it's designed to prepare you for making the call, and what you might expect from an emergency vet visit so that you will be better able to help both your veterinarian, and your equine friend. 

We will consider some common equine emergencies, including eye injuries, lacerations, acute lameness, and colic, as well as addressing some of the tough decisions for which all horse owners need to be prepared.