Horse breeding is an important sector in the equine industry, and knowledge of its fundamentals is crucial for anyone who works with horses. This course is particularly useful for stud owners, equine assistants, riding instructors, horse trimmers and stable hands.
The Certificate of Horse Breeding will deepen and strengthen your understanding of horse breeding, which will improve your career prospects in many areas of the equine industry.
In this online horse breeding course, you will gain an understanding of mare and stallion anatomy, managing and arrival and departure at stud, prenatal growth, fertility, pregnancy, and newborn care.
On completion of this course, you will have gained a solid foundation to build experience in the field of horse breeding and understand how to raise healthy horses.
Unit - Horse Breeding
Unit 1 – Why breed horses?
An understanding of heritability is fundamental
The Work of Gregor Mendel
Chromsomes and Genetics in Breeding
Selecting the mare and the stallion
Quantitative and Qualitative Inheritance
Inbreeding and Linebreeding
The Genetic Effect of Inbreeding
Advantages of Inbreeding
Stallion and Mare Complementation
Unit 2 – Mare Anatomy
The Reproductive Cycle of the Mare
General Broodmare Care
Nutrition and Feeding
Unit 3 – Stallion Anatomy
Reproductive Cycle of the Stallion
General Stallion Care
Stallion Management for Reproduction
Training the young stallion
Steps in training a novice stallion onto the phantom
Common clinical problems with stallions
Unit 4 – Managing the Arrival and Departure of the horse at the stud
Semen from the stallion
Collection and Processing
Evaluating the Quality of Sperm
Live cover – In-hand or Pasture
Handling Frozen Semen
When to breed
Detection of Oestrus
A plan for when things go wrong
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Unit 5 – Pre-natal growth
Conception of twins
Gestation and Methods and Detecting Pregnancy
Methods of Diagnosis
Unit 6 – Care of the Pregnant Mare
Preparation for foaling
A deworming program for mares
Preparation of the foaling environment
Preparation for if things go wrong
The Physical Environment – Bedding
Common Bedding in the Foaling Environment
The Parturition Process
Stages of Labour
Common Foaling Problems
Health Problems of the post-partum mare
Rejection of the Foal
Lactation (Udder edema)
Lactation (reduced milk supply)
Foal and foaling reports
Example Foaling Record
Example Foal Report
Unit 7 – General newborn care
Stabling and safe environment for newborn foals
Lactation and suckling
Common health problems in newborn foals
Infections, Constipation and Diarrhoea
Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)
Angular Limb Deformities
Flexor and Extensor Tendon Abnormalities
Delayed Ossification of the Cuboidal Bones
Congenital Papilloma (Warts)
Neonatal Maladjustment Syndrome (NMS)
Training a foal in the earliest stages
Unit 8 – Introduction to Fertility
Understanding Fertility in Mares
Understanding Fertility in Stallions
Handling and Management in Stallions
Illness and Injury
Structural disorders of the reproductive tract (mares)
‘Maiden Cervix’ or Cervical Incompetence
Vesicovaginal Reflux or Urine Pooling
Structural disroders of the reproductive tract (stallions)
Venereal diseases (mares)
Mating Induced Endometritis
Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM)
Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)
Abnormal Oestrus Cycles
Silent Heat and Post-Partum Anoestrus
Persistant Corpus Luteum
Venereal diseases (stallions)
Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)
Equine Coital Exanthema
Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM)
Infectious causes of abortion (mares)
Non-infectious causes of abortion (mares)
Umbilical Cord Torsion
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
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Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
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I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.