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Course Description

Whether you are considering breeding horses as a business or simply wish to breed a foal or two from your favourite mare, there are many elements that require consideration before taking those first steps. Being a responsible breeder involves choosing the right mare and stallion, understanding what can go wrong and ensuring that the management of breeding stock does not compromise welfare. Producing a quality foal for optimal performance is more than creating a sound, structurally excellent animal; unwanted behavioural traits or responses to potential stressors are examples of additional factors that can shape the horse and impact performance. The domesticated horse is entirely dependent upon the human species for its care and management, hence, it is a horse owner's responsibility to be as well informed as possible and fully prepared to support equine health and ensure sound ethical decisions are made in line with good welfare practices.

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of effective broodmare, stallion and foal management and the procedure of producing quality foals while ensuring a sound understanding of welfare assessment and guidance for making good ethical decisions in relation to breeding and all of its processes.

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.
  • 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.

Sponsoring Partner


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

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
September 09, 2024 to December 01, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Equine Early Bird Tuition $549.00
Potential Discount(s)
  • Catherine Williams
Section Notes

Please view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy - Continuing Education Courses - Online and Face-to-Face Courses Six Weeks or More in Length.

Students are responsible for having the required textbook for this course. As a student, you have unlimited access to the University of Guelph library and an online version of the textbook. You may purchase the required textbook from a bookseller of your choice.

If you require assistance, please contact our main office.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Equine Reproduction, Physiology, Breeding and Stud Management by M.C.G. Davies Morel Oxford University Press 2015 5th edition ISBN Paperback: 9781789242249; ePub: 9781789242263
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