||This course introduces the student to the management of the breeding stallion, reproducing mare and newborn foal. It will discuss the anatomy and endocrinology of the reproductive system, the mare estrus cycle, spermatogenesis and cooled and frozen semen insemination techniques. Fundamentals of equine nutrition, feed selection, digestive anatomy and ration evaluation will also be covered.
- Summarize the biochemical aspects of nutrient digestion.
- Apply molecular concepts to normal equine reproduction and nutrition.
- Analyze the components of the reproductive system and their functions.
- Analyze the components of the digestive system.
- Compare and contrast fermentation with simple monogastric digestion.
- Outline spermatogenesis and the principles of frozen and cooled semen preservation.
- Analyze the mare reproductive cycle and insemination techniques.
- Summarize care and diseases of the newborn foal.
- Outline digestive disturbances, colic in particular, of the equine species.
- Investigate reproductive diseases particular to the equine species.
- Apply basic mathematical processes to practical feeding of the horse.
- Analyze ration formulations mathematically in reference to equine nutrient requirements.
- Investigate various feeding strategies and their implications.
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