Students will work towards becoming efficient in standard industry practices pertaining to breeding horses, successful foaling (parturition) of mares, and healthcare of the mare and neonatal foal. Students will learn to question the 'normal' and expect the abnormal in dealing with these critical times in animal health. Seven teams of students will work independently to conduct mare wellness checks until parturition is impending. Then, these teams will watch their mare overnight via cameras, and be present to assist with the foaling as needed, with the help of a staff member. Then, these teams will work to breed mares back for the 2016 foaling season. The breeding portion of this project includes handling mares and stallions for teasing, observing reproductive ultrasounds, collecting semen from the stallion, and artificially inseminating the mare. The results of this project should include healthy mares/foals post-parturition, and mares in foal for next season, however, in reality some modifications will take place. Students will research advanced technologies and their application to practical use. The 2005 economic study conducted by the American Horse Council Foundation cites that there are 9.2 million horses in the U.S. with 4.6 million Americans involved in the industry. The horse industry has a $102 billion impact on the U.S. economy.
Shirley, R and Baxley, A, "Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Mare" (2015). Focus on Creative Inquiry. 123.