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Many producers who raise horses find breeding mares rewarding, yet frustrating. Mares and stallions are traditionally placed in the breeding herd due to successful performance records, with littie considerations for their reproductive capacibilities. Basic understanding of the mare's reproductive physiology can improve reproductive efficiency and foaling rates. A mare manager's goal should be to get the maximum number of mares pregnant, in the shortest amount of time, and to deliver a live, healthy foal each year.