- Published: Wednesday, 01 September 2021 20:03
Horsemen U, an online continuing education platform created by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, New York THA and California Thoroughbred Trainers, continues to add content and offers a place for trainers and assistant trainers to maintain their CE records.
The Maryland Racing Commission earlier adopted a regulation that requires trainers to have four hours of CE per year as a condition of licensing beginning Jan. 1, 2022.
Horsemen U offers approved online CE webinars and issues CE certificates after a course and a short quiz have been completed. Trainers and assistant trainers can register, free of charge, and maintain their CE records in their account. The website for the platform is www.HorsemenU.com.
CE was adopted as one of the core best practices developed by the stakeholders involved in the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities. CE requirements have been implemented in California, Delaware, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia. Pennsylvania and Virginia are in the process of adopting CE regulations.
Trainers and assistant trainers are responsible for keeping track of their CE credits. If you participate in a live, online webinar, the CE certificates are not automatically generated and cannot be uploaded to your Horsemen U account. They need to be created manually, and there is no way to easily produce and send out CE certificates for every participant.
A recent survey of Horsemen U registrants resulted in many suggestions for future CE topics, including: United States Department of Labor regulations; economics and best practices for a racing stable; the economics of racing and how purse money is generated; hind-end lameness; hoof care and blacksmiths; equine joint health; the phase-out of race-day Lasix and how to address it; equine nutrition; equine physiology; soft tissue injuries and treatments; soundness examinations; tibia and scapula fractures; and the trainer responsibility rule.