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Course Description

Many of us in the horse industry dreaming of being in the breeding business or perhaps just having a foal or two from our favourite mare. There are many things that require consideration before taking those first steps. This pathway requires a strong commitment to acquiring the knowledge necessary to be successful and professional in such an endeavour. Many may think that nature will take care of itself and reproduction will just happen however that does not always happen, and we have an obligation to the horses under our ownership. The domesticated horse is entirely dependent upon the human species for its care, feeding and exercise and we have demanded optimum performance from them. Hence, it is a horse owner's responsibility to be as well informed as possible and fully prepared to support the health and welfare of horses.  

The purpose of this course is to provide you with practical knowledge and skills that will aid in the effective management of broodmares and stallions for the ultimate goal of producing new life-- an energetic, healthy foal! 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will 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 an 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

Course Topics

  • Breeding Facilities, Care & Management
  • The Mare: Structure and Function
  • The Stallion: Structure and Function
  • Breeding Gestation
  • Foaling
  • Foals - Newborns
  • Foals - Growing
  • My Role as a Responsible Breeder

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • You can expect to spend 6-10 hours per week to complete the course material, discussions and assignments.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course. It is recommended students enrolled in the Equine Science Certificate or Diploma in Equine Studies programs complete Equine Nutrition prior to Management of the Broodmare, Stallion and Foal.
  • You may take this as an individual course or choose to complete one of our equine certificates or the diploma.
  • You do not need access to a horse to participate in this course.

Do not enroll in this course if you have completed Equine Growth & Development.


Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes (5) 10%
Assignment 1 30%
Assignment 2 40%
Graded Discussion 20%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

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You do not need access to a horse, or own your own horse to participate and be successful in this course.

You can expect to spend 6 - 10 hours per week to complete the course material, discussions and assignments.

Do you have more questions? Visit our program page Frequently Asked Questions or send us your question by completing the Request Information contact form.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Management of Broodmare, Stallion and Foal
January 11, 2021 to April 04, 2021
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Equine Early Bird Tuition $549.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Students are responsible for purchasing the required textbook(s) for this course. Textbooks can be purchased from the University Bookstore, the Co-op Bookstore, or a bookseller of your choice.

Please review our new Withdrawal and Refund Policy under Continuing Education Courses.

If you are new to online learning we encourage you to visit our Online Learning at UoG resource page.

If you require assistance, please contact our main office.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Equine Reproduction, Physiology, Breeding and Stud Management by M.C.G. Davies Morel Oxford University Press 2015 4th edition ISBN 13: 9781780644417, ISBN 10: 1780644418
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