Foal Handling and Stud Practice

with Ian Vandenberghe

Course DatesSpaces AvailableLocationAccommodationPrice
11th-12th June 2022BUY NOWHartsop FarmWitney£170

Courses can be booked by clicking the Buy Now button above. Please call the office on 01488 71300 if you have any difficulty making an online course booking. We can take your booking and payment over the phone, so please have your card handy as payment will be taken at the time of booking. 

In beautiful Oxfordshire countryside you can take part in this course fully endorsed by Monty Roberts and Kelly Marks. Former College Equine Lecturer and Stud Manager, Ian Vandenberghe, has over 22 years experience of stud work including foaling over 600 mares. Ian is successful at cardiac and respiratory resuscitation in the neonate and has had a 100% success rate with 18 foal adoptions on foster mares. A kind and natural horseman, Ian has worked with Monty Roberts and is an expert in the correct and humane way of handling young foals as well as specialised horse care.

Handling the Young Foal Clinic

On this one day course your studies will include:

  • To identify the three stages of foaling
  • To identify the vital early stages of life in a new-born foal
  • Aspects of imprinting the foal
  • The main diseases and problems related to a neonate
  • The correct and most humane way to handle the young foal*
  • To recognise foal behaviour
  • Various methods of weaning
  • The best methods of parasite control
  • Appropriate vaccination programmes
  • Foal growth and hoof care (including corrective trimming)

Stud Operation & Practice

On this one day clinic your studies will include:

  • Broodmare management
  • Stallion selection
  • Stallion management
  • Codes of practice for major contagious diseases
  • Foaling and foal management
  • Disease control
  • Discussion on ethics

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If you are new to breeding, thinking of breeding or someone who would like to learn more … then the Foal Handling and Stud Practice Course at Hartsop Farm, Oxfordshire, is a MUST. I seriously can not recommend this course enough.
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