Those Feisty Mares

Those Fiesty Mares: How a Mare’s Cycle Can Affect Performance By Debra Ottier Iron Horse Equine You begin your normal daily ride, like so many other days, when your mare decides to be a very unwilling partner. All that work, conditioning and training her, yet sometimes she fights every move you make, pinning her ears

Preparing the Mare for Breeding

by Debra Ottier Iron Horse Equine It’s that time of year again, and here is some useful information to help plan your breeding experience. First off, ask yourself, when do I want my mare to foal? Since the gestation length of horses is 11 months, you should plan when you want to breed your mare

Before the Semen Arrives

By Debra Ottier, BSc(Agr), MS Iron Horse Equine Here is a checklist to help breeders prepare for breeding their mare with artificial insemination. Find a stallion that will compliment your mare in terms of conformation and bloodline Contact the stallion owner to inform them of your decision and to find out what paper work needs

The Pros and Cons of Artificial Insemination

By Debra Ottier, BSc(Agr), MSc Iron Horse Equine   Artificial Insemination using equine semen is of growing importance in North America. The Canadian horse is diversified across Canada with some horses in the western and eastern provinces having little choice as to which stallion to breed their mare to. A stallion owner should be looking

What Makes One Stallion More Fertile than Another?

By Debra Ottier Iron Horse Equine With the breeding season upon us, we should take time to direct our attention to the horse often forgotten about in the fertility equation, the stallion. Yet, it is the stallion that will make or break a breeding operation. If a mare has poor reproductive performance, while unfortunate, it

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Dedicated & Friendly Instructors

Deb Ottier has been teaching various aspects of horse management for many years.  She enjoys watching her students learn and utilize their skills in a variety of ways.  Joined by Alex Mitchell, our team can take you to the next level of riding!

What we do at Iron Horse Equine

Here is a short video of what we do at Iron Horse Equine. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. HELEN KELLER – (Author of The Story of My Life) From idea to reality, you can see the results