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Equine education courses set for Dec. 6, 7

University of Georgia

To help Georgia horse owners care for their more than 230,000 horses, University of Georgia animal scientists have scheduled two equine care short courses Dec. 6-7.

"Mare care and reproduction" is set for Dec. 6 and "stallion management and reproduction" Dec. 7. Both classes will begin with morning lecture and discussion sessions, followed by afternoon labs.

Both sessions will be at the UGA Animal and Dairy Science Livestock Instructional Arena at South Milledge and Simonton Bridge roads in Athens, Ga. The courses are sponsored by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UGA Cooperative Extension and the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.

The mare course will address maiden care before breeding, pregnant mare care, reproductive anatomy and physiology, artificial insemination, ultrasound, embryo transfer and older mare breeding. It will cover the newest technologies for infertility and manipulation of estrous cycles.

The stallion course will cover reproductive anatomy and physiology, management of stallions before and during breeding season, breeding soundness exams, records and proper paperwork and collection and evaluation of breeding material.

Registration will be from 7:30 to 8 a.m. each day. The lectures and discussions will begin at 8 a.m.

Each course is limited to 25 participants, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come basis. Register for each course for $175 per course or for both at $300.

Download a registration form at www.ads.uga.edu/extension/index.html. Make checks payable to the UGA Department of Animal Science and mail them to Dr. Gary Heusner, University of Georgia-Rhodes Center, 425 River Road, Athens, Ga. 30602-2771. For more information, call (706) 542-1852.

(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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