Foaling and Foal Care


This course is designed to provide horse owners, broodmare managers and foaling attendants an overview of normal foaling, dystocia, routine care of the newborn foal and other important topics. The overall goal is to provide personnel that will be responsible for attending pregnant mares through the birth process with guidelines for normal events, when to call for additional on-farm help and when to call for veterinary assistance.

1. Care of the pregnant mare
2. Prediction of foaling
3. Normal foaling
4. Dystocia management
5. Dystocia management – A video tutorial
6. ‘On-Farm’ foal resuscitation
7. Placenta evaluation
8. Post-partum issues
9. Routine care of the newborn foal
10. Medical problems of foals
11. The first year of life

Dr. Patrick McCue, DVM, PhD, DACT

Dr. Patrick McCue
Dr. McCue graduated from veterinary school at the University of California, Davis, in 1986. He subsequently completed an Internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and a Residency in Equine Reproduction at the University of California, Davis. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1991 and received a PhD in Comparative Pathology, with an emphasis on reproductive endocrinology and ovarian pathology in the mare, from UC-Davis in 1992. Dr. McCue joined the faculty at Colorado State University in 1994 where he is currently the Iron Rose Ranch Professor of Equine Theriogenology. In his free time, he hikes in the mountains of Colorado with his family and attempts to catch trout by fly fishing.

Dr. Jenn Hatzel, DVM, MS, DACT

Jennifer Hatzel, Department of Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University

Dr. Hatzel is originally from Katy, Texas and attended Texas Tech University. Her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree is from Western University of Health Sciences. Upon graduation, she completed a variety of professional development experiences throughout Ocala, Florida and Lexington, Kentucky. She subsequently obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of Florida and completed a Residency program in Equine Theriogenology from Colorado State University. She achieved board certification with the American College of Theriogenology in 2013 and then began to focus on equine assisted reproduction became a faculty member at CSU in 2017. She lives on a small farm with her husband, three children and various farm animals.

    The lectures will be available for viewing 24 hours per day, 7 days per week until further notice
    A link to download additional course reference material (PDF files) will be available once registered
    A Certificate of Completion will be emailed at the completion of the course
    Registered participants can send questions by email and a response will be forthcoming within a few days

Educational Sponsors

  Coyote Rock Ranch
Clarke Butte Ranch

Course Sponsors

Animal Reproduction Systems
Merck Animal Health 

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