Equine reproductive management
Friday, January 6,
2012, 08:00 AM
the Equine Reproduction Laboratory
Equine reproductive management: Stallion, mare and newborn foal
A sound knowledge base and hands-on experience are two keys to success in the equine breeding industry. The Horse Owner Short Courses offer an opportunity to obtain:
- An indepth education on reproductive management of stallions, mares and foals, and
- Hands-on experience in semen collection, artificial insemination and newborn foal care.
Colorado State University has provided educational venues for horse owners for 40 years and is recognized as a world leader in horse owner education.
The true strength of the CSU owner education courses is the hands-on learning opportunities to collect semen, evaluate semen, prepare insemination doses, inseminate mares, and the unique opportunity to develop diagnostic and intervention skills in obstetrics that would be invaluable in the event of a difficult foaling.
For horse owners and breeders
The flagship course of the program is designed for horse owners and breeders wishing to increase the efficiency and ultimately the success of their breeding programs. The course includes 20 hours of classroom instruction covering:
- Anatomy and physiology of the stallion genital tract
- Semen collection and evaluation
- Anatomy and physiology of the mare
- Principles of artificial insemination
- Use of cooled-transported semen
- Hormonal control of the estrous cycle
- Breeding management with fresh, cooled or frozen semen
- Evaluation of the problem (infertile) mare
- Principles of pregnancy diagnosis and management of twins
- Care of the pregnant, foaling, and postpartum mare
- Complications of pregnancy
- Prediction of foaling
- Proper on-farm methods to assist with delivery of foals and when to call for assistance with a difficult foaling
- Routine care and medical problems of the newborn foal
- Care of the orphan foal
In addition, 15 hours of hands-on training in semen collection and evaluation; artificial insemination; preparation and use of cooled-transported semen; reproductive evaluation of the mare; techniques for prediction of foaling; on-farm obstetrical procedures; placental evaluation; assessment of colostrum quality and passive transfer of antibodies; and foal resuscitation are provided in the course.
Please note: palpation and ultrasound examination of mares will not be taught in this course.
Event Contact: Lisa Dell can be reached at (970) 491-8626
Sponsored by the Equine Reproduction Laboratory.