Developing a Horse Breeding Program

The goal of every horse breeder is to produce genetically superior horses. Because there are so many environmental conditions which affect the horse, it is difficult to evaluate the genetic potential. A gifted breeder is able to select superior horses for mating, and manages the environmental affects, such as nutrition, health care, training and injuries, to maximize the horse’s genetic potential. Since breeding for quality horses is not a simple matter, breeders must understand basic genetic principles and their application …

Management of the Newborn and Growing Foal

Detailed planning and good management practices in a horse breeding program often result in a healthy foal. It is extremely important to provide proper care and attention immediately after the foal is born as well as during the early days of a foal’s life. The following article discusses management practices of newborn and growing foals.

A newborn foal is one of the most anticipated and exciting occurrences in the horse industry. Actually, the entire industry revolves around this single event. …

Horse Breeding Basics

A healthy stallion is necessary to have a successful horse breeding program. Having a working knowledge of stallion management is also essential. The following article discusses stallion management practices.

Role of the Stallion in Reproduction

The stallion must deliver healthy spermatozoa (which contain his genetic contribution) into the vagina of the mare at time of service. He should have enough libido (sex drive) to tease and service frequently and be able to sustain production of healthy spermatozoa throughout the breeding …

Horse Foaling Management Guidelines

A healthy foal is often the result of intense foaling management and preparation. Both the mare and foal have their own specific vaccination, deworming and nutritional needs. The following article discusses foaling management guidelines from gestation through weaning.

Parturition in the Mare 

A live, healthy foal is the result of considerable time, money and effort. Good management practices should not be relaxed at any time in an equine program and especially not prior to the time the foal is weaned. …

Broodmare Management in Fall

Fall management of broodmares is far more critical than some breeders realize and can directly impact foaling and re-breeding successes next year.

Weaning

Most foals are weaned between four and six months of age. Depending on foaling date, weaning can occur in late summer or early fall. If there are several foals, owners may wait until the younger foals are at least four months old to wean all foals at the same time. On large breeding farms, weaning may occur …