An aerial view of the University of Minnesota Crookston equine science facilities.
The University of Minnesota Crookston Equine Science program will have openings to foal out mares for spring semester 2019. This will give owners another option to foal mares out in Minnesota, making the foals eligible for Minnesota Breeders’ Fund Awards.
More than 10 equine science students will participate in pre-and-post-foaling procedures as part of the school’s Equine Reproduction Techniques course.
“This hands-on experience not only gets our students more involved in the field, but also gets them interested in the Minnesota horse racing industry,” commented Nicky Overgaard, University of Minnesota Crookston equine science instructor.
The university’s barn is a 45-stall heated barn that features two 16′ x 16′ foaling stalls, a 100′ x 160′ heated indoor arena, and multiple turnout lots with RAMM fencing. There are tours of the facility available to those who are interested in what else it has to offer.
In addition, the barn will have veterinarians on call and students, who are supervised by faculty and staff, on location at all times during the foaling season. Foaling cameras will also be made available to keep owners updated on progress.
“We are more than prepared to provide the best care to the mares and foals throughout the entire foaling process,” said Overgaard.
“To have the University of Minnesota Crookston support the breeding program in Minnesota adds great value to our racing community,” stated Minnesota Racing Commission deputy director, Joe Scurto. “The Equine Science Program is becoming more involved with the Breeders Fund, which will only make the program stronger,” he added.
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