Benjamin Espy, DVM, Dipl. ACT

Benjamin Espy, DVM, Dipl. ACT (boarded in equine reproduction), has practiced veterinary medicine in Texas and Kentucky. He has been licensed to practice acupuncture for nine years and is on numerous AAEP committees and task forces. Espy serves on the alternative therapy committee for the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and he's an animal treatment consultant for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Articles by: Benjamin Espy, DVM, Dipl. ACT

Breeding Horse Nutrition

Regardless of general feeding guidelines for breeding horses, body condition score (BCS) is the most objective assessment of a horse’s fat covering and also the best predictor of reproductive performance or efficiency. Breeding horses should be maintained at a BCS of 5-6 (on a 1-10 scale), where ribs are invisible but readily palpable.

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Ins and Outs of Equine Lactation

Lactation is a very important function in a mare. So important, in fact, that two lives depend on it. A mare’s body will sacrifice her foal’s health to save her own life … both during gestation and after foaling. In other words, you must feed her

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Abnormal Sheath Buildup

I have searched the Internet and asked everyone I know about the abnormal sheath buildup on my 17-year-old palomino gelding. Ever since we bought him, we noticed a large, crusty buildup all over him.

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