Management of the Broodmare, Stallion and Foal
Date(s) - September 11, 2017 - December 3, 2017
This is an online course
The future career of a horse depends on the development of a solid foundation, even before conception! In this course you will be introduced to sound management practices for the broodmare and stallion. The breeding to birth cycle of the life of the horse is covered to gain valuable insight on preventing problems and maintaining the health of the “equine family.” This will be a valuable course for those involved in breeding horses, whether it is your own mare or you are helping in a broodmare establishment.
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Identify, describe and apply the care requirements for the mare, foal and stallion as outlined in the new Equine Code of Practice for Canada, and develop awareness of the global situation for the breeding industry in other countries
- Assess and choose suitable feeding programs for the mare, stallion and foal by analyzing the different feeds available and identifying the nutritional priorities for each type of horse
- Assess management issues that provide for the health and welfare of the broodmare, stallion and foal to effectively manage a broodmare from breeding to foaling
- Identify and describe the anatomy and function of the reproductive organs of the mare and stallion, including the phases of the estrous cycle and the physiological effects on the mare
- Describe and apply the Henneke method for body condition scoring and its interpretation and application to the mare and stallion as part of the overall nutritional management program
- Use a formula to estimate the weight of the horse by using calculations of body dimensions
- List and describe natural and artificial breeding options for the mare and describe the breeding process including the preparations needed for successful breeding
- Describe hormonal changes during pregnancy in the mare and developing fetus
- Describe in detail the stages of foaling (birthing process) and the warning signs that indicate potential problems
- Describe in-depth the foal’s requirements for optimal growth and development from birth to six months of age
You can expect to participate in weekly discussion questions, complete online multiple choice quizzes and write a research paper for the major assessment in this course.
Participation in Class Learning Questions (20%) – The purpose of the CLQ is to provide you an opportunity to discuss specific topics with your group to illustrate your understanding of the material.
Online Quizzes (10%) 5 unit quizzes.
Minor Assignment (30%) a 4 – 6 page essay on how all aspects of care and management of the mare and stallion interact in the production of a health viable pregnancy.
Major Assignment (40%) a 6 – 8 page research essay selecting from three research options presented by the instructor.
Dr. Pat Meyers
I am an equine veterinarian with a broad range of knowledge in animal science, equine and bovine medicine and surgery, theriogenology, and more recently the pharmaceutical industry. With over 30 years of experience in clinical practice, academia and animal health I believe that I can offer a unique perspective on many different fronts within the realm of veterinary medicine. During my clinical years, I’ve always had a passion for learning, research, teaching and client service. I taught 3rd and 4th year students in clinical programs at both the Ontario Veterinary College and Texas A&M University. During my 25 years in a practice setting, I loved to not only treat my client’s horses but also educate them during the process. I always took the time to explain details of a disease process and alternatives for treatment. I’ve always been interested in veterinary reproduction, this fuelled my desire to take on a Master’s degree which began after my first year in the DVM program. My aim was to develop expertise in the area of reproduction and I had the opportunity to add to my knowledge base of reproduction by being accepted into a Large Animal Theriogenology Residency program at Texas A&M University. Eventually this lead to Board-Certification in Theriogenology, a designation of a specialty area within veterinary medicine and of which, there are only limited numbers of specialists. I was able to employ advanced reproductive technologies in a clinical setting at my own clinic, where we specialized in providing top quality service and support to the equine breeding industry. During my clinical years I also had the opportunity to engage in a couple of different studies for specific drug companies wanting to bring a new product to market. I really enjoyed the research aspect of this endeavour. Lately for the last two years I’ve been working as a consultant for Merck Animal Health where my main job was to offer technical support to our sales staff across Canada as well as performing some key account sales.”
The course is scheduled in the Fall 2017 semester.
Registration is limited to 60 students.
There are no international student fees and we welcome students from across the world.
You will find the registration page at our new OpenEd Student Portal – register for Management of the Broodmare, Stallion and Foal
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