ASC210 Equine Reproduction (8)

This subject builds on content studied in biology and provides the opportunity to study the functional anatomy and physiology of the equine reproductive systems.  Topics covered include anatomy of the mare and stallion reproductive tract, endocrine control of reproduction, seasonality, mare oestrous cycles, gametogenesis, physiology of the equine pregnancy and parturition, as well as basic genetic inheritance.  On successfully completing this subject students will possess an understanding of the science behind the management decisions required when breeding horses and raising foals.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Equine Science and Bachelor of Equine Science (Business Management).


( ASC106 or ASC148 ) and ASC171

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and describe the reproductive anatomy of the mare and stallion and discuss its function;
  • be able to describe the endocrine mechanisms that regulate equine reproduction and explain the physiological and behavioural changes that occur during the oestrous cycle and with changing seasons;
  • be able to describe the processes of gametogenesis and fertilisation in the horse;
  • be able to list and explain the major events of foetal development, placentation and parturition in the horse;
  • be able to explain the basic mechanisms of inheritance; and
  • be able to describe common genetic disorders of horses and carry out basic calculations to predict the possible outcomes for coat colour and genetic disorders for given examples.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The structure and function of the male and female equine reproductive systems.
  • Endocrine control of reproduction in the stallion.
  • Endocrine, physiological and behavioural events of the oestrus cycle in the mare.
  • Factors affecting puberty, anoestrus and seasonality in the equine.
  • Gametogenesis in the male and female horse.
  • Sperm production and output, parameters of the equine semen.
  • Process of gamete transportation and fertilisation.
  • Maternal recognition of pregnancy, placentation and foetal development, parturition and lactation in the mare.
  • Basic mechanisms of inheritance including structure, role and behaviour of chromosomes and genes, mendelian inheritance, common phenotypes that are determined or influenced by one or a few genes in horses, including coat colour and disorders with a genetic basis.

Special Resources

Long trousers and boots (work or riding) and Lab coast and glasses 


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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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.