A two day course “Equine Reproduction for Mare Owners” is being offered at the Regional Equine & Agricultural Centre of Huron (REACH) on Saturday February 12 & Sunday February 13, 2011 in Clinton, Ontario.
“Now is the time owners should be thinking about getting their mares ready for next breeding season” says Doug Nash, workshop instructor, “and what to do from nutrition to lighting regimes will be discussed.”
This two-day course is for those who wish to learn how to prepare mares for breeding, select a stallion and perform proper AI or natural cover techniques. Hands-on experience using the REACH mares is provided in a safe, quiet, supervised environment. In addition to learning about equine reproductive anatomy, nutrition, health management and environment of the mare in preparation for breeding will be investigated. The stages of gestation, right up to and beyond foaling are discussed. This course is designed for anyone wishing to update their knowledge and practical skills in breeding practices, or to use artificial insemination in their breeding program now or in the future. Cost for the two days is $480, which includes HST, course materials, instruction, hands-on learning in our teaching barn, refreshments and lunch each day. Dorm rooms are available for those who travel from out of town for a small additional fee. Details are available at www.reachhuron.ca/equine.cfm.
“This course is proving to be popular,” says Melanie Prosser, REACH’s Director of Program Services. “We are pleased to have participants from as far away as Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia in past course offerings.”
The facilities at REACH include a complete reproduction teaching lab, heated teaching barn, high-tech classrooms, dorm rooms and a community kitchen. For further information about the course or REACH, please visit www.ReachHuron.ca.