Throughout the year the Equine Sciences program, along with other collaborative programs offer various continuing educational opportunities through short courses. Please view our upcoming short courses listed below.

Upcoming Courses

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Equine Genetics Short Course

DATE: Postponed until 2017

FEE: $175


A 2-day course covering topics that include: a review of basic equine genetics, building the horse gene map, gene-based physiology and disease, inheritance, selection and genetic improvement and current and future research at CSU.

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Equine Reproductive Management: Stallion, Mare & Newborn Foal

DATE: TBA for 2018

FEE: $-


Course Description: The flagship course of the program is designed for horse owners and breeders to increase the efficiency and ultimately the success of their breeding programs. The course includes:

20 hours of classroom instruction covering:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the stallion genital tract,
  • Semen collection and evaluation,
  • Anatomy and physiology of the mare,
  • Principles of artificial insemination,
  • Use of cooled-transported semen,
  • Hormonal control of the estrous cycle,
  • Breeding management with fresh, cooled or frozen semen;
  • Evaluation of the problem (infertile) mare;
  • Principles of pregnancy diagnosis and management of twins;
  • Care of the pregnant, foaling, and postpartum mare;
  • Complications of pregnancy;
  • Prediction of foaling;
  • Proper on-farm methods to assist with delivery of foals
  • Indications to call for veterinary assistance with a difficult foaling,
  • Routine care and medical problems of the newborn foal,
  • Care of the orphan foal.
15 hours of experiential hands-on training with leading faculty in:
  • Semen collection and evaluation,
  • Artificial insemination,
  • Preparation and use of cooled-transported semen,
  • Reproductive evaluation of the mare,
  • Techniques for prediction of foaling,
  • On-farm obstetrical procedures,
  • Placental evaluation,
  • Assessment of colostrum quality and passive transfer of antibodies,
  • Foal resuscitation
Palpation and ultrasound examination of mares will not be taught in this course. For more information, or to register contact 970-491-8626.

Past Courses