Management of the Broodmare, Stallion and Foal
Date(s) - September 9, 2019 - December 1, 2019
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.
We’d like to thank Dr. Pat Meyers for his contribution to the Equine Studies program. We will be announcing a new instructor for the next course offering.
You can expect this course to be offered in the Fall 2019 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 – Management of the Broodmare, Stallion and Foal
Management of the Broodmare, Stallion and Foal can be taken as a single course or as an elective course in the Equine Science Certificate and the Diploma in Equine Studies
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