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Horse Health Archive

Welcome to the AAEP's Horse Health article search engine. Each of the articles available in this section have been written by AAEP member veterinarians. To use the search, you can either put a keyword in the box that says "Search" or you if you are looking for a specific topic, you may select a topic from the drop-down box under the search box and all articles on that subject will be brought up. 

Lactation in the Mare

By Ben Espy, DVM, DACT Lactation is a very important function in a mare. So important, in fact, those two lives depend on it. The horse owner should always...

When Can Mom Go Back to Work?

By Ben Espy, DVM, DACT QUESTION: When is it OK to start riding my mare after foaling? ANSWER: My initial response is the same as a human obstetrician’s...

Equine Reproduction From Conception to Birth

By Benjamin Espy, DVM, DACT Equine reproduction costs money: Feed, electricity, labor, water bills, barns, employees, stud fees, transportation and...

Regulating Estrus

By Les Sellnow Exercise and diet are important in increasing a mare's chances of getting in foal. When a mare is left to her own devices reproductively, she...

Pregnant Mares

The mare from which you have always wanted to raise a foal has just been pronounced pregnant by your veterinarian. Now you just have to wait about 11 months...

Ultrasound and Your Horse

By Benjamin Espy, DVM, DACT Although radiographs are valuable for detecting bony structures, ultrasound is probably the most versatile tool available to the...

Foaling Mare & Newborn: Preparing for a Safe & Successful Foal Delivery

CARING FOR THE FOALING MARE AND NEWBORN If your mare has made it through 11 months of pregnancy, you're almost home free. Labor and delivery, while...

Expectant Mare: Assuring the Health and Well-Being of the Pregnant Mare

We often think of pregnancy as a delicate and fragile condition. When it comes to horses, this perception is perhaps due to the mare's relatively poor...