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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Equine Science Intensive: Horse Pregnancy & Foaling

Join us for an online Equine Science Intensive and learn all about Horse Pregnancy & Foaling. Using real-life case studies from the UMass Hadley Farm Equine Center, you will learn how to properly manage a broodmare during her 11-month pregnancy and prepare for a new foal! You will use applied science, observational skills, and horse behavior to help predict when a foal might be born. You will also learn the three stages of labor and what to do in an emergency. Finally, you'll be prepared for the foal's very first veterinary exam and learn about newborn foal behavior and development. 

Topics: 

  • Important Terminology for Gestation & Parturition
  • Management of the Broodmare During Pregnancy: Vaccines, Feeding, Housing & Exercise
  • Stages of Foaling: Signs of Labor, Active Labor, Delivery of Placenta
  • Normal vs. Abnormal Foaling
  • Colostrum & Passive Transfer
  • Normal Foal Behavior & the 1-2-3 Rule
  • Maternal Behavior
  • The First Veterinary Visit: Foal Restraint & Physical Exam
  • Imprinting vs. Natural Learning
  • Handling, Haltering, and Leading the Foal

Prerequisite: High School Biology (Students should be familiar with genetics and mammalian reproductive anatomy/physiology)

Materials: Accepted students will need to order a foal watch kit, approx. $44.00.

Schedule: Live online sessions Monday - Friday 11:00am -12:30pm and 1:30 - 2:30pm (EDT)