Intensive, routine reproductive work is carried out on Thoroughbred stud farms and the team able to claim excellent fertility rates for the mares under care. A reproduction contract is available to allow regular monitoring and extensive treatment at a fixed cost.
Looking after a sick foal can be the most difficult but rewarding part of the breeding season. Neonatal medicine is complex and often very intensive; Scone has two excellent equine hospitals with internal medicine specialists so hospital referral and a second opinion is always an option for difficult cases.
Endoscopy or ‘scoping’ allows visualisation of the upper respiratory and digestive tracts. This can be carried out routinely in the assessment of airway function, and is performed as a condition of sale at yearling sales. Problems can be identified both prior to sale and if problems should arise during training.