Online course for youth & adults. Practice tests, slides, digital stations, & twice weekly lectures in 6 content areas. Participants can interact with equine professors from Universities across the United States!
Topics covered will be:
- Equipment and Riding Styles
- Stallion Reproductive Anatomy
- External Parasites
- Pasture Management
- Equine Breeds
This course is targeted for older youth and adults.
Bronze Level = $50. Access to content until August 8.
Silver Level = $100. Includes 6-week access to instructors to ask questions, …
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Behavioral traits associated with parturition (the birth process) are deeply rooted in the evolutionary development of horses. A basic assumption is that horses have evolved behavioral strategies that ensure their survival. During the birth process, both the dam and her offspring are in a weakened state and are susceptible to attack by predators. The mare takes steps to increase their safety during parturition. In general, these steps include locating a safe site for foaling, quickening the process, minimizing evidence of …
It is important that horse owners and breeders understand and recognize the basics of equine reproductive behavior for management purposes. This article discusses the main behaviors associated with horse breeding.
An understanding of the basics of reproductive behavior is important. This understanding can lead to management applications that can improve reproductive success. It is important to recognize the behaviors associated with a mare in heat, a mare that is receptive to a stallion, mating, signs of foaling, normal behavior after
Horse owners who have a sound understanding of horse behavior can use their knowledge to help prevent behavioral problems. Listed below are a few management tips related to horse behavior.
- Design horse housing so that horses can see other horses.
- Feeding horses individually will reduce aggression and allow slow eaters to get their full ration.
- Whenever possible, the main portion of the horse’s diet should be made up of forages to reduce digestive and behavioral problems.
- Feed stalled horses small
Not every saddle fits every horse, just as one size or shape of boot does not fit every human. Saddle selection depends on discipline, type of horse and the needs of the rider. The following article discusses the different types of saddles, how to properly fit a saddle to a horse and general use of a saddle.
Melvin Bradley and Wayne Loch, Department of Animal Sciences
Revised by Elaine Long Bailey, University of Maryland Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator