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October 8, 1999

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Q: What happens to the foals at the horse barn?

A: An average of 10 foals are born each year at the horse barn and most of them are sold, typically to private parties who ride them or show them. Two to four usually are sold in the first four to 10 months of their lives. Yearlings and two-year-olds also are sold, drawing somewhere between $1,000 and $2,000 each.

The natural foaling period is April to June, but some mares are bred to foal as early as late February and into March, in order to provide more learning experiences for animal science students in the College of Agriculture. Horses have an 11-month gestation period.

Source: Sara Garr, ISU animal science

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