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Distance Learning Breeding Course – One intake per calendar year (Spring/early Summer), over a six week period. The course handbook covers decision making and husbandry from the time one decides to breed the mare until the foal is weaned. The course also involves an accompanying assignment to support learning and one full day on farm (usually at the end of the six week period).


Martina Sherman, Kildare, completed course in 2019 with Dr. Alan Hurley

"I would fully recommend this course to anyone considering breeding or for existing breeders looking to improve their breeding programme. The modules were hugely informative and very thorough, yet fitted in easily around full time work commitments. The practical assignments really reinforced the material learned and were highly beneficial".

For more information or to express interest in the course contact the tutors, Wendy Conlon/Alan Hurley

Phone: 087 9879083; 091 845291; Email: wendy.conlon@teagasc.ie

Phone: 087 7143169  353 46 906 1119  Email  alan.hurley@teagasc.ie

The last course completed in April 2019 by Tutor Alan Hurley.


Sport Horse Breeding Distance Learning Course

This course is written with three objectives:

  1. To provide information so that informed decisions can be reached to embark on a sport horse breeding enterprise.
  2. To educate new sport horse breeders in the basics of equine breeding and genetics.
  3. To create awareness of the importance of welfare, health and good planning.

The course will run over a six-week period covering the topics below.

Week One:  The Breeding Programme
Week Two:  Anatomy and Physiology
Week Three:  Reproduction
Week Four:  Herd Health
Week Five:  Foaling to Weaning
Week Six:  Feeding Mares and Youngstock

It is important to outline at the beginning that this course does require a commitment to self-study and regularly work through the course material provided and the assignment work which accompanies the course. Contact time with your tutor is limited and you may not get immediate answers to queries or immediate responses to communications, though a commitment is provided to deal with all queries and communications as outlined in the section on course dates.

For further information contact alan.hurley@teagasc.ie