The Horse’s Advocate Podcast Details

The Horse’s Advocate Podcasts

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

What Are We Feeding Our Horses, And Why? – Podcast #059

Do you know what is in your feed bad? And if you do, do you know why? Millions of scoops of grain are fed to our horses every day around the world, yet when I ask horse owners what they are feeding their horses, I usually get blank looks. I grab a feed tag from any...

read more

A Review Of A Horse Magazine #2 – Podcast #058

This podcast is the second time I have picked up a popular horse magazine, reviewed the articles and added my thoughts on the ones I selected. I received some positive comments the last time I did this and thought I would do this again. After all, you are reading...

read more

Protein and Gastric Ulcers In Horses – Podcast #057

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome, or EGUS, is being treated in more horses today than almost any other disease considered “routine.” The advent of visualizing the stomach lining using a fiber-optic endoscope is now available to nearly every horse owner...

read more

Horse Dentistry Questions – Podcast #056

My equine veterinary practice is limited to horses’ teeth and the oral cavity. Almost all of this practice is removing the sharp enamel points that cause discomfort within the oral cavity. I have been doing this since 1983 (39 years) and full-time since 1998 (24...

read more

Horses And The Web Of Influence – Podcast #055

I am so grateful when I hear someone listen to these podcasts from all parts of the world. But, more than that, people listen and apply what I say and find excellent results from their changes. I am so humbled. In this episode, I go through an email I received from...

read more

Entropy And Horses – Podcast #054

Entropy means the natural and required decrease in energy, moving organized things into disorganized things and eventually ending in complete chaos. It is the description of the Second Law of Thermodynamics (one of the only three laws that forces everything on earth...

read more

Horses And The Road Less Traveled – Podcast #053

Robert Frost, the poet, wrote about coming across two roads in the woods. One shows a lot of activity while the other is pristine and unused. Which way do you choose? Suppose you know the active path, and it feels comfortable. There are known obstacles along this...

read more

Conflicting Information For Feeding Horses – Podcast #052

My last podcast (#051) was about the infodemic we are experiencing in the horse world. This is where there is so much conflicting information about the care of horses. In this podcast I want to look at the infodemic in only one aspect of horses – how we need to...

read more

Horse Owners Experiencing An Infodemic – Podcast #051

Infodemic is a blend of “information” and “epidemic” that typically refers to a rapid and far-reaching spread of both accurate and inaccurate information about something, such as a disease. As facts, rumors, and fears mix and disperse, it...

read more

Horse Seminar Summaries – Podcast #050

I attended 3 equine seminars all with veterinarians discussing different matters: 1) “How Horses Think” put on by Cornell University (not the vet school) 2) “Laminitis Rounds” put on by the American Association of Equine Practitioners 3) “Fiber intake, Fermentation...

read more

Why Do We Go To The Horse Barn? – Podcast #049

Why Do We Go To The Horse Barn? Helping Horses Thrive In A Human World is what we do at The Horse’s Advocate. But what about us? How do we thrive in this human world filled with tragedies and unrest? The answer is simple. We go to the barn! What are the mechanics of...

read more

Horse Nutrition Review – Podcast #048

Every day someone asks me about feeding their horses. For me it has become simple only because I have repeated this information but for you…. maybe not so simple. I review a lot of what I have said before and I use some different approaches to help you...

read more

Cavities In Horse Teeth And More – Podcast #047

I go over some of the recent articles showing up in the magazines and news feeds for horse owners discussing 1) cavities in the cheek teeth of horses and 2) the inhalation of tooth dust from motorized dentistry tools. I read the lay article and then look at the...

read more

Horse Psychology With Dr Jenny Susser – Podcast #046

Today’s guest is Dr Jenny Susser, a sport and performance psychologist from Ocala, FL. In her words, she “successfully applies her years of experience merging mind and body wellness with performance, helping people making a lasting and positive difference...

read more

The Importance Of The Top Line In Horses – Podcast #045

The top line of horses is the muscles along the back bone from the withers to the rump. It is where the saddle or load goes onto the horse. It is an indicator of the overall athletic condition of the horse and is often seen as a “poor” top line when the...

read more

Wounds In Horses-Podcast #043

This is a review of what kind of wounds occur in the horse, what needs to be done about them and how to make them heal with the best possible outcomes. In a nutshell, there are partial skin thickness wounds and full thickness wounds. Partial skin thickness wounds can...

read more

A Review Of A Horse Magazine – Podcast #042

I am on a path of revealing just how science works and why it is a well orchestrated drama to usually promote an agenda. I try not to be cynical or even blind but in this age of slogans such as “Follow the science” I need to define not what science is (I did this in a...

read more

Dentistry Lectures At The 2021 AAEP Meeting – Podcast #041

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) held their annual meeting last month and offered a section on the current state of equine dentistry. There were 8 lectures and a panel discussion.  I report here what they said in each lecture and then add my...

read more

Sand Colic In Horses – Podcast #039

Sand colic in horses is defined as a blockage in the digestive tract due to the accumulation of sand. It is common where horses graze on land with a sand base. But even if your horses live nowhere near sand, this podcast has value. The root cause of sand accumulation...

read more

Horse Feeding And Nutrition – A Book Report – Podcast #037

I just finished half of an old book on feeding the horse written by a professor of nutrition. It is called “Horse Feeding And Nutrition” by Tony Cunha. It was first published in 1980 and this was the second edition in 1991 – 30 years ago.  What was so striking...

read more

Endocrine Disease And The Equine Athlete – Podcast #036

I attended a Zoom meeting hosted by the FVMA with the presenter Dr Jane Manfredi of Michigan State.The title of her talk was “Quick On Their Feet: Endocrine Disease And The Equine Athlete.” I arrived a few minutes late but from what I could tell, this was a...

read more

The TMJ Of Horses – Podcast #034

The temporomandibular joints connect the jaw (mandible) to the skull. It is the most active joint in the body of the horse moving on average 25,000 times per day – or 9 million chews per year. It has evolved over the evolution of the horse to be a very sturdy...

read more

Understanding The Basics Of Colic In Horses – Podcast #033

.As a veterinarian, I have seen many horses with colic and as a horse owner, I have experienced colic personally. There is one thing for certain and that is we need to prevent it from happening in the first place. This is why The Horse’s Advocate explains the harm of...

read more

The AAEP Discusses Laminitis In Horses – Podcast #032

On October 13th, 2021 The American Association Of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) had a virtual meeting of 4 professionals involved in the care of horses suffering from laminitis. This is a crippling and often life-ending painful affliction of the hooves of horses. I...

read more

Molds, Mycotoxins And Soaking Horse Hay – Podcast #031

Reducing the extra body fat on our horses is the best, if not the only, way to improve and eliminate metabolic syndrome. But is there a cost to their health in the increased production of molds with mycotoxins when doing this? I attended a symposium put on by the...

read more

75,000 Horses Floated By Hand – Podcast #029

After floating 75,000 horses since 1983, Dot T discusses the valuable observations he has observed. Without funding available to do significant scientific studies involving a broad spectrum of horse breeds with a large number of participants for long periods of time,...

read more

Protein In Horses – Podcast #027

Protein is a word in nutrition that horse owners have difficulty understanding. There is good reason for this – because it is more complicated than carbohydrates (sugar) and fat. But why? Horse owners aren’t stupid and on top of this, they want to do the...

read more

Horsemanship With Daniel Dauphin – Podcast #026

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...

read more

Hormesis, Rapamycin and Horses – Podcast #025

All things in life experience an ebb and flow much like the seasons, the loss of leaves of the oak tree, the tides or the birth and death of all living things. What seems to be the challenge for all of us and our horses is not just having a long life but to be healthy...

read more

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...

read more

Houston We Have A Problem – Podcast #023

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...

read more

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...

read more

How To Feed The Competing Horse – Podcast #020

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...

read more

The Role Of Oils In Horses – Podcast #019

Oils and fats seem to confuse a lot of horse owners and because of this, terminology such as “Omega 3 oils” are used a lot but without understanding what they are. As a result, horses are fed a lot of oils with good intentions for their health. But does it? This...

read more

The Right To Prevent – Podcast #018

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...

read more

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

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...

read more

Vaccinations For Horses – Podcast #016

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...

read more

The Threshold Of Pain In Horses – Podcast #015

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...

read more

The Personalities Of Horses – Podcast #014

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. Once...

read more

Sleep In Horses – Podcast #013

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...

read more

Fight Or Flight In Horses – Podcast #012

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...

read more

Drug Classes In Horses – Podcast #011

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 drugs are the original product protected by patents and are sold under a famous marketed...

read more

Fun With Physics And Horses – Podcast #010

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...

read more