Module: Equine Breeding Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Jo Charles
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    40 hours

Module content

Reproductive physiology, fitness to breed, selection criteria, international and sporting discipline comparisons of breeding programmes. The breeding year and its organisation. Management of manipulating oestrous cycles with light regimes and use of exogenous hormone regimes for thoroughbred and non-thoroughbred mares. Suppression and synchronisation of oestrus for competition mares. Artificial insemination and embryo transfer. Advances in reproductive technology including sexing of semen, superovulation and cryopreservation of semen and embryos. Foal and stallion management.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the function and application of natural and exogenous hormones in breeding management.
  2. Produce a breeding plan for a thoroughbred and non-thoroughbred stud.
  3. Appraise the application of recent advances in technology to future breeding strategies.
  4. Present a review of advanced methods of breeding technology.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Written assignment 40%
Examination Exam (3 hours) 60%

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Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Brinsko, S.P., Blanchard, T.L., Varner, D.D., Schumacher, J. and Love, C.C. (2011). Manual of Equine Reproduction. (3rd edition). Mosby.
  • Carnevale, E.M. (2007). Equine Practice: Advances in Reproduction. Veterinary Clinics of North America. 22:(3) Saunders.
  • Davies Morel, M.C.G. (2008). Equine Reproductive Physiology, Breeding and Stud Management. (3rd edition). CABI Publishing.
  • McKinnon, A.O., Squires, E.L., Vaala, W.E. and Varner, D.D. (Eds.) (2011). Equine Reproduction. (2nd edition). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Samper, J.C., Pycock, J.F. and McKinnon, A.O. (2007). Current Therapy in Equine Reproduction. Saunders.
  • Samper, J.C. (2009). Equine Breeding Management and Artificial Insemination. (2nd edition). Saunders.

Supporting texts

  • Equine Veterinary Journal.
  • Reproduction.