Hermen Geertsema

Equine Services Inc.

Summer 2013


horse doctor 

Carbs are killing us!

Both human and horse are susceptible to simple carbs with a high glycemic index. (Sugar!)  

In people sugar can cause diabetes, heart disease, obesity; not so different in our equine companions though they show up as laminitis, colic, or metabolic disorders.


Last month we had a symposium on feeding and care of horses with a view to addressing the harm that excessive simple carbohydrates can inflict on your horse. The event was organized by Pam Jannsen a horse owner who had been strongly motivated to find a low carb feeding solution for horses by the loss of her own dear horse to laminitis.  Audrey of Heron Bay Stables was kind enough to host the event in her bright Cover-All arena.  Nutritionist and horseman, Ken Wilkinson of Otter Co-op had an excellent presentation of feeding.  Heather O'Brien did a great overview of the effects she sees on the hoof and some general hoof care information.  Our contribution was to introduce and discuss concepts such as Insulin Resistance, Equine Metabolic Syndrome as well as Cushings Disease and Obesity and how these syndromes can overlap, and how all of them are made worse with a high simple carbohydrate diet.  If you have any questions regarding your horse and diet feel free to call us or send us an email.  (604-857-5432 or hermen@geertsema.ca)




Twin Creeks Ranch in Aldergrove, is proud to present:

Dr. Andrew McLean

author of international best seller

 "The Truth About Horses"

Sunday, July 28th 2013. 

  The best way to know about Dr. McLean is to look at his website: 



Do look at the 8 principles as laid out on the website. He is presenting internationally to coaches, trainers, riders at all levels. His goal is to promote humane treatment and training through the understanding of the horse.    He is not about anecdotal "fixes" or his own method that he makes a DVD to sell..... He is unique in my mind. You will find that his  website is very informative. This is a great opportunity and I hope that you can come!


You can register and get a receipt from Andrew McLean's website.  

There is a discount if you do it online in advance.  

Please forward your registration receipt for the clinic to Twin Creeks Ranch so that they have a number count for set up and food on their end.


Cost -spectators  $60/ demo participant $80 

Discounted registration until June 21st  

Clinic on Sunday, July 28th 9AM-5PM

Register online at:  http://www.aebc.com.au/shop/category/111

Email registration confirmation to twin-creeks@shaw.ca




 Other opportunities to see Dr McLean in BC this month...


 Vernon on Wednesday  July 24th evening, 25th and 26th. Contact

deepcreekvet@gmail.com or 250 833 8585 cheers Susi Cienciala


HI Point Equestrian Centre July 29/30 (contact Scott Hansen 604 530 1919)


Cranbrook August 2/3 (contact Barb Barbour fwbarbour@shaw.ca)






Considering adoption? Second Chance Horse Rescue is a fairly new operation out of Ladner BC who takes it upon themselves to provide a safe haven for these beautiful animals to call home until they find their perfect match. We travel around BC to various auction houses in order to save as many horses as possible from slaughter. We also take in horses from those who can no longer care for them. 


Our horses always receive the proper care and handling to ensure

that they are completely happy and healthy before they head off

into their new lives. 


To find out who we have available for adoption, 

 feel free to contact us any time!


Phone: 778-233-1903

Email: secondchancerescue@live.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SecondChanceHorseRescue 

Website: www.secondchancehorserescue.weebly.com














 New Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines

sets progressive standard of care for the Canadian equine herd.


Ottawa, ON, June, 27, 2013 --- Equine Canada (EC) and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) are pleased to announce the release of the new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines. The Code is available for download at www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice/equine.

The development of this new Code is perhaps the most important project in recent Canadian history for the health and welfare of equines in Canada. This Code mandates ethical training methods, exercise requirements and restrictions on tail alterations.

Canada's Codes of Practice support responsible animal care practices and keep everyone involved in farm animal care and handling on the same page.


            Many of you may have noticed that we took our website down.

After being compromised and probable virus infection, we took this opportunity for a new look containing pertinent information for you and your horse. We are working to get it back up and running and we'll keep you posted as to a launch date in the near future! 




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 Hermen Geertsema Equine Services Inc.

'Striving for excellence in veterinary care'


You are as important to us as your horse is to you....let's work together to keep them
Happy & Healthy!


P.O. Box 1495 Aldergrove, BC,  V4W 2V1    

Office: 604-857-5432 / 1-888-858-5432       Cell: 604-729-2970      Pg: 604-918-1079 


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