Broodmares are maintained in a wide variety of housing situations. From individual stalls and paddocks to large multimare pastures, housing for the broodmare should minimize stress and exposure to extreme environmental conditions, should provide for adequate exercise, and should be constructed so that there is little chance of injury to either mares or foals. Most important, selection of housing for a mare should attempt to maintain the type of housing to which she is accustomed or to gradually get her acclimated to a more suitable environment. Abrupt changes in housing increase stress that may be detrimental to reproductive performance.
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