Breeders Invited to Free Broodmare Health Seminar

Breeders Invited to Free Broodmare Health Seminar

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On Sept. 9, the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) is hosting a free broodmare health seminar for racehorse breeders and owners at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino in Anderson, Indiana.

The IHRC invites anyone interested in learning how to improve the health and wellness of the mares in their breeding operation, whether they have one or 20, to attend. The seminar will begin at 1 p.m.

Afterwards, all attendees are invited to a night of harness racing, with first post at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Hoosier Park will be giving all attendees a five dollar voucher that can be used for betting or in the casino, as well as access to private suites and start car rides.

“We know breeding top quality foals is everyone’s goal, and we can only do that if the mares are healthy,” says Jessica Barnes, the IHRC’s Director of Breed Development and Racing. “We want to offer our breeders some free education to improve their conception and foaling rates, thus helping grow our Standardbred program.”

Topics to be covered in the seminar include:

  • Preparing maiden and older/open mares for breeding;
  • Factors impacting conception;
  • Broodmare nutrition; and
  • Overall broodmare health.

The presenters bring with them years of experience in the veterinary and nutrition fields and will include:

  • Colleen Brady, MS, PhD, of Purdue University;
  • Kevin Kirtley, DVM, of K.C. Kirtley Vet Inc.; and
  • Anthony Koch of Hallway Feeds.

Anyone interested in attending the seminar should RSVP by Sept. 1 by e-mailing standardbred@hrc.in.gov. Additional updates will be posted on the program’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/indianaStandardbred.

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