Bradford G. Bentz, VMD, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, ABVP (equine)

Brad Bentz, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, ABVP, ACVECC, owns Bluegrass Equine Performance and Internal Medicine in Lexington, Ky., where he specializes in advanced internal medicine and critical care focused on helping equine patients recuperate at home. He’s authored numerous books, articles, and papers about horse health and currently serves as commission veterinarian for the Kentucky State Racing Commission.

Articles by Bradford Bentz

When a Horse Colics: The Physical Examination

A general physical examination is performed as part of the clinical evaluation of the horse exhibiting colic. Read More

The Clinical Signs of Equine Colic

Learn to identify these common and important signs of colic in horses--doing so might save your horse's life. Read More

Important Colic Observations

Owners can help their vets diagnose colic by offering the afflicted horse's complete health history. Read More

Equine Colic Risk Factors

Certain management factors might affect the likelihood of colic episodes. Read More

The Incidence of Colic

One study showed that equine colic has an estimated prevalence of 4.2 events per 100 horses per year. Read More

Digestion in the Horse

Understanding the horse's digestion process can help you better manage factors that could cause colic. Read More

Anatomy of the Equine Intestinal Tract

The equine intestinal tract can be divided into large sections based on its overall function. Read More

Equine Herpesvirus: Valtrex Treatment Appears Successful

Can antiviral drugs be used to successfully treat horses with equine herpesvirus? Recent research into the drug Valacyclovir (trade name Valtrex) seems to indicate it has a place in treating horses exposed to--and diagnosed with--equine herpesvirus Read More

Lame or EPM?

About a year and a half ago, my horse was diagnosed with EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis), which he was treated for, and I haven't seen any signs since. Now he's having hock issues. My veterinarian injected him with pure acid (he didn't Read More

Clinical Signs of Colic in the Horse: Book Excerpt

Clinical signs of colic are those changes in behavior or activity that indicate abdominal pain. Although these signs are relatively universal, individual horses may exhibit slightly different cues and different intensities to the same cause Read More

Defining Colic (Book Excerpt)

The term colic actually means, in the broadest sense, abdominal pain. Abdominal pain is relatively common, even in people. We tend to refer to our abdominal pain as "stomach aches." Read More

Book Excerpt: Feeding During Pregnancy and Lactation

Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from Understanding Equine Preventive Medicine by Bradford G. Bentz, VMD. This book is available from Read More

Feeding the Growing Horse (Excerpt)

Feeding young, growing horses means providing more digestible energy and paying close attention to nutrients. Read More

Book Excerpt: Keeping Records on Your Horse

Learn how to record keeping aids in preventive medicine for horses. Read More

Chronic Joint Diseases (Book Excerpt)

Horses with chronic musculoskeletal disorders may benefit from periodic administration of analgesic medications such as NSAIDs to help control pain when it is at its worst. Read More

Supplements of Benefit to the Performance Horse (Book Excerpt)

A balanced vitamin supplement may best provide the additional needed vitamins. However, once again, it is important not to overestimate the intensity of exercise and competition your horse performs so that you do not oversupplement with potentially h Read More

Laminitis (Book Excerpt)

Maintaining health and comfort of horses that have been diagnosed with laminitis can be a large undertaking, but it is imperative in order to maximize the overall quality of life for these animals. Read More

No Rotation Deworming (Excerpt)

Programs that use no rotation involve the continued use of one effective drug until it no longer reduces small strongyle numbers as indicated by fecal egg counts. The intervals of administration depend on the dewormer used, but this program is limite Read More

Hoof Supplements (Book Excerpt)

A number of nutritional factors are promoted as hoof growth aids. Such products may include gelatin, numerous vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other dietary supplements. Read More

Botulism (Book Excerpt)

Botulism is the most potent biologic toxin known, and horses are highly sensitive to its presence and effects. The clinical effect on the horse may become severe enough to cause the horse to become recumbent and eventually to die from paralysis Read More

Housing, Bedding, and Pasture (Book Excerpt)

Stabling, pasturing, bedding, and other aspects of a horse's living environment have major implications on the potential for health problems. Read More

Deworming Principles (Book Excerpt)

A thorough parasite control program involves a complete understanding of helpful management practices and knowing how different types of dewormers work. Read More

Feeding Horses: General Principles

Feeding programs should meet the individual horse's needs, as these requirements vary with the amount and type of forage and grains fed, amount of pasture available, use of the horse and amount of exercise, and individual metabolism Read More

Joint Supplements as Preventative Medicine

In the past several years there has been an explosion of supplements marketed as protecting and maintaining joint health. Early in the development of these products, information regarding their labeled usage was limited. However, increasing Read More

Influenza in Horses

Editor's Note: This is from Understanding Equine Preventive Medicine by author and veterinarian Bradford G. Bentz, VMD. The book is available from Read More