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Course Description

The future career of a horse depends on the development of a solid foundation, even before conception! This non-degree online course will introduce you to sound management practices for your broodmare and stallion, then follows through the breeding to birth cycle of the life of the horse. You will gain practical knowledge that will aid in the effective management of broodmares and stallions to produce an energetic, healthy foal. Along the way, you will learn the basic anatomy, physiology, nutrition, equine behaviour and problem conditions that can occur. The emphasis will be on supporting the welfare of the horse and the prevention of problems. This course will not make you an expert in the breeding shed or foaling barn, but you will be more prepared and confident, in partnership with your vet, to move into the fascinating area of equine reproduction.

This is a valuable course if you are involved in breeding horses, whether with your own horses, or if you are working at a broodmare facility, stallion station or foaling barn.

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 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

Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent, or at least 18 years of age. This course is intended for adult learners.

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.

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


Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes (4) 10%
Assignment 1 30%
Assignment 2 40%
Discussion Participation 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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*Course details are subject to change.


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