ASC201 Equine Breeding Management (8)

This subject applies information from previous reproduction subjects, with a particular emphasis on practical horse breeding management.  Topics covered include: breeding techniques and facilities, stallion fertility and management, mare fertility and management to maximise breeding efficiency, management of the non-pregnant, pregnant, foaling and post-partum mare as well as management of the neonatal foal and developing young horse. This subject gives students realistic scenarios and allows them to make stud management decisions based on their understanding of the subject material. 

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC201. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in Bachelor of Equine Science, Bachelor of Equine Science (Business Management), Bachelor of Animal Science, Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Veterinary Technology


( ASC106 or ASC206 or ASC148 ) and ( ASC210 or ASC261 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to select and design breeding facilities to suit a range of different horse stud environments;
  • be able to apply knowledge of stallion behaviour and reproductive anatomy and physiology to describe and assess the management of stallions to achieve maximum reproductive efficiency;
  • be able to apply knowledge of equine reproductive anatomy and physiology to illustrate appropriate management of non-pregnant mares to achieve maximum reproductive efficiency, including the interpretation of ultrasound images of the mare reproductive tract;
  • be able to explain the diagnostic tools and management of common reproductive disorders in mares and stallions;
  • be able to analyse and discuss the management of pregnant and foaling mares; and
  • be able to appraise the management of foals from birth to yearling age, including prevention and management of common disorders of foals, limb deformities and general health care.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Equine breeding systems
  • Facility design in a horse stud environment
  • Stallion breeding soundness evaluation, infertility, general stallion management
  • Management of non-pregnant mares to achieve pregnancy, addressing seasonality, teasing, manipulation of the oestrous cycle, decisions on timing of breeding
  • The use of ultrasound in mare management
  • Causes, diagnostic tools and management of common reproductive disorders in mares and stallions
  • Management of pregnant mares, including general health care and management of foaling mares, foals and young horses
  • Reproductive systems of the stallion and mare

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The Residential School will allow online students to engage with practical content and provide opportunity for discussion of previously delivered lecture material within a practical and industry context. Practical classes will be undertaken in equine teasing, ultrasound demonstration, including ultrasounding a late pregnant mare, colostrum testing, perineal scrubbing and faecal egg counts.

Special Resources

Travel to and accommodation is required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school at a CSU campus.

Online students will be required to attend a Residential School which may incur travel and accommodation costs.

Closed-in stout leather shoes or boots must be worn when working with horses. Clean overalls with long sleeves are compulsory for this subject. When working with horses it is a requirement that all students wear an Australian Standards approved hard hat AS 3838. You may also use helmets considered acceptable by Equestrian Australia  these include NZ 3838, ARB HS 2012, ASTM F1163, PAS 015 and VG01.040.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.