By Celine Pence, 23News Reporter
The MU Equine Teaching Facility is a program that allows MU students to gain hands-on experience with horses. There are a variety of courses and volunteer opportunities available at the farm, one of them being the Equine Breeding Management course.
Equine Breeding Management is offered every spring. In this class, students are able to learn about breeding, foaling and training the foals. Foaling is when a female horse, or mare, gives birth. MU has about six mares that foal each spring semester. This year, there are also six client horses that will foal at the farm.
“It’s probably the most hands-on class I’ve taken here at Mizzou, even within the animal science division. It’s a lot of animal experience, reproductive experience and horse experience that can be applied later on, for sure,” MU student Rachel Carroll said.
The course starts with students learning how to monitor the pregnant mares. Once a mare appears to be close to foaling, she is put under 24-hour foal watch, which means a student is always present at the farm. After foaling, the students get to train the foals for the first few weeks of age. The students also learn to handle the three stallions that MU has, and get the opportunity to breed the mares.
In the fall, some of these foals are auctioned off, and a few others stay at the farm as yearlings.
Rachel Carroll, a senior at MU who is currently enrolled in the EBM course, has loved her experience so far.
“It’s probably the most hands-on class I’ve taken here at Mizzou, even within the animal science division. It’s a lot of animal experience, reproductive experience and horse experience that can be applied later on, for sure,” Carroll said.
The EBM class is not the only class offered at the farm. In the animal science division, there is a Facility’s Marketing and Management class, in which students put on an auction in the fall for the horses.
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