Foaling management and on-farm foaling kits will be a part of the expert advice offered by two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists during the Oh Baby! webinar hosted by the American Youth Horse Council, AYHC.

Horse owners and breeding managers who might need extra guidance in the foaling process, along with some practical guidelines, are invited to attend the webinar from noon-1:30 p.m. March 23.

The fee is $5. Those planning to attend should register in advance. While hosted by AYHC, the event is open to all. The AYHC was founded by breed organizations and specialists to provide support to all youth and youth leaders throughout the equine industry.

Topics and speakers

The topics will include preparations for parturition, predicting foaling and the foaling process, on-farm colostrum evaluation and care of the newborn foal.

Guest speakers are Chelsie Huseman, Ph.D., and Jennifer Zoller, Ph.D., both assistant professors and AgriLife Extension horse specialists in the Department of Animal Science, Bryan-College Station.

Huseman conducts education across the state for both adults and youth through seminars, short courses and other educational programs. Her research interests are in the areas of skeletal adaptation to exercise and equine reproduction management. Her most recent work includes testing whole body vibration and its effect on the skeleton and new technologies for semen analysis.

Zoller provides statewide leadership for planning, implementing, conducting and evaluating AgriLife Extension education programs in equine sciences. She provides leadership with the State 4-H Horse Show, Texas Horse Help mobile application and horse judging competitions across the state. Her research interests include energy balance, manipulating body condition of the exercising horse to maximize nutrition programs, and the health benefits of participating in equine activities.

Huseman and Zoller conduct the annual Texas A&M Equine Reproductive Management Short Course designed for owners and breeding managers who want to learn the most efficient methods for ensuring the success of their breeding programs.