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: September 28th & 29th, 2017

FEE: $175 (limited to 15 participants)

For more information: Dr. Stephen Coleman, 970-491-2681,

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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Cryopreservation and Management of Equine Sperm

DATE: October 2 & 3, 2017

FEE: $950


Course Description: New two-day course design will allow a more in-depth look at the research we have developed to efficiently freeze equine sperm. Our smaller class size will allow for greater individual attention. The course will emphasize a quality end product and simplify the mangement of the straws for future use. Participants will have a better understanding of the entire freezing process, quality control, storage, management, artificial insemination, and much more. We will also discuss some Advanced Reproductive Techniques (ART) such as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) and the cryopreservation of epididymal and chemically ejaculated sperm. Hands-on laboratory sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to freeze, thaw, and evaluate equine semen. Participants will have ample time to work with and become comfortable with all necessary pieces of equipment and products used. Specific lecture and laboratory topics will include:

  • Preparation of spermatozoa for freezing and methods for freezing equine sperm

  • Response of spermatozoa to freezing and thawing

  • New freezing extenders

  • Proper handling, storage, and thawing procedures

  • Lab equipment requirements

  • Proper use of cushion media and gradients

  • Freezing sperm for ICSI use

  • Refreezing sperm for ICSI use

  • Epididymal sperm recovery, freezing, fertility

  • Chemical ejaculation (for frozen semen)

  • Mare management: conventional frozen/thawed sperm and frozen/thawed epididymal sperm

  • Fertility estimates of frozen semen

Previous experience in semen collection, evaluation, and insemination procedures or attendance at a CSU Equine Reproductive Management equine continuing education short course is required as a prerequisite for this course. For more information, or to register contact 970-491-8626.

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Equine Reproductive Management: Stallion, Mare & Newborn Foal

DATE: January 8-12, 2018

FEE: $1450


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