The role of the broodmare on any farm is to produce a live, healthy foal, and thereby pass her genes on to a new generation of horses. All of an owner’s hopes and management efforts culminate in that hour when the mare begins to labor to deliver her foal, and success is measured in the foal’s first breaths and unsteady steps. Understanding the Broodmare gives invaluable information on how to see a mare through pregnancy and a safe delivery.
This authoritative and comprehensive guide discusses the mare’s reproductive cycle, conception, and pregnancy physiology. Understanding the Broodmare also covers broodmare and pre-foaling management, high-risk pregnancies, and foaling. Intended for the novice and the experienced owner alike, this book answers many of the “whys” behind broodmare management practices and veterinary treatments.
Written by Christine M. Schweizer, DVM, of Cornell University, Understanding the Broodmare is an important addition to every horse person’s library.
Christine M. Schweizer, DVM, grew up in Elmont, Long Island, NY, and spent much of her youth working with Thoroughbred racehorses at Belmont, Aqueduct, and Saratoga racetracks. She received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Cornell University and her DVM from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell.