The Horse’s Advocate Podcast Details

The Horse’s Advocate Podcast episodes are in chronological order below – the most recent is at the top.

  • Podcast #026 – Horsemanship With Daniel Dauphin

    Daniel Dauphin is a horseman from Lafayette, Louisiana with a passion for training horses using horsemanship skills he learned from mentors. His website and social media are listed below. We discuss a variety of topics including what drives us to become better horsemen, how to become a leader and overcome fear and how we connect…


  • Podcast #025 – Hormesis, Rapamycin and Horses

    The pieces are coming together in human studies and these data are being found in all animals – and so I assume horses as well. To gain the healthy ebb and flow needed for cell maintenance, beliefs need to be changed. This becomes hard to do when we just want to nurture our horses with…


  • Podcast #024 – The Mighty Mitochondria

    Within the cells of our horses are power stations where fuel is converted into energy. Without this power station called the mitochondria, the cell and thus the horse dies. In reality, the mitochondria are organisms living within our cells as a symbiotic relationship – where each can’t live without the other. This podcast explains everything…


  • Podcast #023 – Houston We Have A Problem

    The equine veterinary profession is at a breaking point. There is little incentive for developing new horse vets. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) knows it and is putting together a task force to address this. They are asking all but the people they should be asking – the horse owners themselves. Their efforts…


  • Podcast #022 – Parasites Revisited and Liver Disease

    I attended two meetings recently. One was about parasites in horses and was worth revisiting for a fresh perspective. The other was about liver disease in horses. While these sound beyond the routine needs of horse owners, I know that many of you want to bridge your knowledge between you and your veterinarian. I break…


  • Podcast #021 – The EquiSummit Conference On The Healthy Horse Gut

    I attended a conference called the EquiSummit produced by a major manufacturer of horse feed components and sponsored by the horse feed companies dedicated to supplying horses with feed and forage. Their representatives along with equine nutritionists (consultants and professors) and veterinarians (industry employees and professors) discussed the following topics: – A Horse Owner’s Guide…


  • Podcast #020 – How To Feed The Competing Horse

    Most horses are used for strenuous competition and we would think that they need to be feed differently from retired horses that are in the field. This podcast looks at the requirements of these athletes from a point of view where the basic foundations of nutrition are placed first in our thoughts followed by what…


  • Podcast #019 – The Role Of Oils In Horses

    This podcast reviews what fatty acids are especially the saturated, MUFSA’s and PUFA’s. It also goes over where horses get their fat out in the “wild.” It is obviously not fish or fish oils nor is it flax or other seeds or seed oils. Once understood, horse owners will then understand what to feed horses…


  • Podcast #018 – The Right To Prevent

    As horse owners, we have a right to protect and to prevent injury and disease from happening to the horses under our care. However, owners are being blocked at every turn by caring people trying to make the lives of our horses better. But are they able to do this while also being driven by…


  • Podcast #017 – Is Soybean Meal OK to feed horses?

    This is a question asked on the FB group – If all seeds cause gut inflammation in horses and the core belief of this group is to go back to feeding horses the way they were created, how then is feeding soybean meal (SBM) a good choice for horses? This podcast discusses the reasons for…


  • Podcast #016 – Vaccinations For Horses

    This is not your average discussion about what to vaccinate your horses with. That would be a discussion to have with your veterinarian who knows you and what diseases are in your area. However, to prepare you for that discussion, I will attempt to give you a bit about immunology, a bit about vaccination and…


  • Podcast #015 – The Threshold Of Pain In Horses

    There is a point where the pain we are experiencing is beyond our ability to control our reaction to it. This point is our pain threshold and it is different for every person and horse alive. Discovering if your horse is a wimp or a tough guy will help in how you work with them…


  • Podcast #014 – The Personalities Of Horses

    Horses are like humans in the way they express themselves as blends of four basic personalities. When working with horses, it is important to understand that we cannot change them just like we cannot change another human. The only one we can change is ourselves.


  • Podcast #013 – Sleep In Horses

    Sleep is something every animal on the planet does including insects, birds, fish, aquatic mammals, you, me and our horses. We humans spend a third of our lives sleeping and in that time we repair and strengthen our health systems. So do our horses but little is known. There seems to be an increase in…


  • Podcast #012 – Fight Or Flight In Horses

    Doc T discusses the portions of the brain responsible for the horses identifying danger, analyzing the threat and then responding to the go / no go for launch into either a fight or running from the area. Understanding the separate locations within the brain and then the connections between them helps to identify where you,…


  • Podcast #011 – Drug Classes In Horses

    There are 3 very basic classes of medications in horses that I want to describe today to help horse owners understand what they are and why there is a price difference. Legend, generic and compounded.


  • Podcast #010 – Fun With Physics And Horses

    Physics is a collection of laws that control how things work in this world. They have no allegiance to a country, religion or even if you are a plant, animal or mineral. Physics is the rule book by which we all play. How the laws of physics apply to our horses is something that has…


  • Podcast #009 – Why Horse Owners Need To Understand The Parachute Study

    This was a parody published in a top medical journal to bring attention to the fact that there are few research papers published that we can believe. Couple this with the fact that retractions in medical journals are at an all time high, both humans and horse owners really don’t know anything but what they…


  • Podcast #008 – Equine Endocrinology

    Equine endocrinology is a deep and complicated subject but in this podcast, Geoff Tucker, DVM (Doc T) reports on a webinar he attended for continuing education credit presented by a pharmaceutical company. Dr Tucker addresses their perspectives as compared to what he sees as a slightly different opinion. This presentation reviews PPID (also known as…


  • Podcast #007 – Equine Asthma

    Equine asthma is similar to human asthma based on several factors that have now been associated with this lung disorder in horses. It has had several names in the past including heaves, COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and others. Geoff Tucker, DVM (Doc T) explains what is known based on a recent webinar he attended…


  • Podcast #006 – The Calcium To Phosphorus Ratio

    Calcium (Ca) and Phosphorus (P) are two of the most plentiful minerals in your horse and are required for bone structure, muscle function and hundreds of other metabolic functions. However they compete for uptake in the digestive tract.


  • Podcast #005 – Should Your Horse Be Turned Out On The Spring Green Grass?

    Every horse owner fears the green grass of spring if they have ever had a case of laminitis. In this episode I review an article written in a magazine for horse owners and analyze the information they are giving about this subject. I don’t agree with most of it. I counters with my views and…


  • Podcast #004 – Frequency Of Floating Horse Teeth

    The frequency of floating a horse is variable and is related to the individual horse. Often, we think of prevention on a mechanical device, like how often do you change oil in a car’s engine. A horse is a living being and not a machine. It is the threshold of pain that determines how frequently…


  • Podcast #003 – Cushing’s Disease In Horses

    The pituitary is a small gland at the bottom of the brain that regulates so many hormones in the horse. Without it, the body of every mammal (horse and human) would become unbalanced and eventually destroy itself. And it is only the size of a pea! Disease of the pituitary in horses is called PPID…


  • Podcast #002 – Carbohydrate Dependency in Horses

    What is carbohydrate (sugar) dependency in horses and how does it lead to chronic protein deficiency and insulin resistance? This is a fundamental question every horse owner should try to understand in order to 1) feed horses correctly and 2) prevent most diseases in horses.


  • Podcast #001 – Medications in Equine Dentistry

    Medications in Equine Dentistry are essential to understand as to why they are used and more importantly, why they are often not used properly. One of the buttons you can push on me is this – I really dislike using the terms “tranq” and “sedate.” These imply that the cause is the human working on…