Mare and Foal Behavior and Management
New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
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Mare and Foal Behavior and Management

Presented By: Dr. Pat Sertich and Dr. Sue McDonnell
  • 8:00 AM –5:00 PM
  • Address: 382 West Street Road
  • Location: Kennett Square, PA

Mare and Foal Behavior and Management 

Presented by the Havemeyer Equine Behavior Lab & the Georgia and Philip Hofmann Research Center for Animal Reproduction University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center.

  • Two-day Course: for veterinarians, horse owners, breeders, trainers, stallion handlers, vet techs, behavior specialists, and animal science, behavior, and veterinary students/ and residents

Day 1

  • Reproduction of equids under natural conditions, including normal behavior of the pregnant and foaling mare and foal development.
  • Maternal behavior and bonding problems and solutions.
  • Raising an orphan foal.
  • Normal behavioral development of the foal.
  • Early intensive handling of foals.
  • Least stress weaning methods.
  • Raising the user-friendly foal and horse.

Day 2

  • Understand the changes your mare is experiencing.
  • When will she foal? Signs of impending parturition.
  • Tools to help you catch the big event.
  • Review of the normal events of delivery.
  • Examination of the afterbirth, the mirror of fetal life.
  • Induction of parturition.
  • You have waited 11 long months. What is the rush? Dystocia.
  • What can go wrong, and what you can do until your veterinarian gets there.
  • Care of the post parturient mare.
  • How to spot serious life threatening problems.
  • High risk pregnant mares.
  • Health care of the foal.

The Details

  • Classes: 8:00 am  - late afternoon
  • Continuing Education: 16 Hours Continuing Education Curriculum
  • Tuition:  $500 for Day 1 only; $900 for both (two) days.
  • Location: 382 West Street Road  Kennett Square, PA  19348. Get directions...
  • Limited seats. This course fills quickly.  


Dr. Pat Sertich, Dr. Sue McDonnell
610-925-6229; 610-925-6221