26 episodes

Mad About Horses is the definitive podcast from Mad Barn for all equine enthusiasts. Presented by Dr. Chris Mortensen, a renowned equine scientist and educator, this podcast delves deep into the multifaceted universe of horses.

Dr. Mortensen brings his wealth of knowledge to diverse topics ranging from the ancient history of horse domestication to the latest advances in equine health, training and management.

Whether you're a professional rider, a horse breeder, or someone who simply loves the sound of hooves on a morning trail, Mad About Horses is your weekly dose of all things equine.

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Mad About Horses is the definitive podcast from Mad Barn for all equine enthusiasts. Presented by Dr. Chris Mortensen, a renowned equine scientist and educator, this podcast delves deep into the multifaceted universe of horses.

Dr. Mortensen brings his wealth of knowledge to diverse topics ranging from the ancient history of horse domestication to the latest advances in equine health, training and management.

Whether you're a professional rider, a horse breeder, or someone who simply loves the sound of hooves on a morning trail, Mad About Horses is your weekly dose of all things equine.

    Is There an Equine Obesity Epidemic?

    Is There an Equine Obesity Epidemic?

    The podcast discusses the issue of equine obesity, its detrimental effects on horse health, and ways to manage it. It highlights how
    overweight horses often face shorter lifespans and lower quality of life, emphasizing the need for responsible feeding practices.

    Dr. Mortensen gives a retrospective on the life and work of Dr. Don Henneke, a pioneer in equine nutrition who introduced the Henneke body condition scoring system. It encourages listeners to rely on this system to help maintain their horses' health.


    The podcast further explores psychological aspects of horse overfeeding, explains the significance of diet evaluation, and provides strategies for managing overweight horses such as cutting down commercial feeds, increasing forage-based diets, and limiting pasture access. The speaker asks listeners to
    analyze their horses' diet and apply the knowledge shared in the podcast.

    Link to Body Condition Scoring Article HERE

    Link to Diet Evaluation HERE

    Podcast Timeline

    00:00 Introduction and Importance of Horse Health

    01:35 The Legend of the Horse Industry

    04:20 The Impact of Obesity on Horses

    05:32 Understanding the Psychology Behind Horse Obesity

    06:55 The Complexity of Horse Nutrition

    07:56 The Obesity Epidemic in Horses

    13:13 The Henneke Body Condition Scoring System

    23:20 The Impact of Body Condition on Horse Reproduction

    26:10 Global Obesity Epidemic in Horses

    29:24 Understanding Horse Weight Fluctuations

    30:30 The Psychology of Horse Owners and Weight Management

    31:53 The Impact of Overfeeding and Misconceptions

    32:29 The Cost of Overfeeding and the Need for Education

    34:22 The Consequences of Ignoring Weight Issues

    35:08 The Importance of Body Condition Scoring

    39:17 Strategies for Weight Reduction and Diet Management

    46:07 The Role of Supplements in Horse Diets

    49:05 The Importance of Community and Sharing Knowledge

    50:00 Conclusion: The Need for Change in Horse Weight
    Management

    Visit https://madbarn.com/mad-about-horses/ to learn more about the Mad About Horses podcast.

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    Mad Barn Academy is dedicated to supporting horse owners, handlers and practitioners through research, training and education.

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    • 54 min
    How Do Stereotypic Behaviors Impact Your Horses?

    How Do Stereotypic Behaviors Impact Your Horses?

    Dr. Chris Mortensen discusses abnormal horse behaviors, also
    known as 'stereotypic behaviors.’

    Many of these behaviors, from cribbing, pacing, and weaving,
    can be linked to mental stress from confinement and dietary issues. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the causes of these behaviors, pointing out there's increased research and understanding which helps devise new strategies to alleviate these stresses.

    Dr. Mortensen underscores the significance of turnout time,
    social contact with other horses and species and diet balance. He advises horse owners to analyze their animals' diets to ensure they are nutritionally balanced and reviews the use of items such as slow feeders and enrichments as useful tools.

    Podcast Timeline

    00:00 Introduction to Stable Vices in Horses

    00:12 Personal Experiences and Observations at the Racetrack

    01:45 Understanding Stereotypic Stable Vices

    04:15 Introduction to the Speaker and the Podcast

    04:39 The Prevalence and Impact of Stereotypic Behaviors

    06:52 Exploring Specific Stereotypic Behaviors: Cribbing

    19:42 The History and Evolution of Stereotypic Behaviors

    24:58 The Role of Mental Stress and Nutrition in Stereotypic
    Behaviors

    29:18 Understanding High Energy Diets in Young Horses

    30:29 The Impact of Limited Turnout Time for Horses

    32:19 The Evolution of Animal Welfare in Zoos

    33:12 The Misconception of Boredom in Horses

    42:05 The Importance of Turnout Time for Horses

    43:34 The Role of Enrichment in Horse Welfare

    45:25 The Impact of Diet Variation on Horses

    46:28 The Benefits of Slow Feeders for Horses

    49:26 The Role of Diet in Preventing Stereotypic Behaviors

    50:10 Understanding Stereotypic Behaviors in Horses

    51:24 The Importance of Social Contact for Horses

    52:30 Conclusion: The Importance of Understanding Horse
    Behavior






    Visit
    https://madbarn.com/mad-about-horses/ to learn more about the Mad About Horses
    podcast.

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    Mad Barn Academy is dedicated to supporting horse owners, handlers and practitioners through research, training and education.

    Visit us to learn more at ⁠⁠https://madbarn.com ⁠⁠

    You can also find Mad Barn at: ⁠

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    Facebook ⁠⁠@madbarnequine⁠⁠

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    We would love to hear from you! Please send any questions or comments to ⁠podcast@madbarn.com

     

    • 54 min
    Why Do So Many Horses Still Die From Colic?

    Why Do So Many Horses Still Die From Colic?

    This episode of the equine podcast provides an in-depth discussion on colic in horses.

    The host, Dr. Chris Mortensen, draws from his personal experience and academic expertise to provide insights on identifying signs of colic, understanding its causes, prevention strategies, and possible treatments.

    He describes how colic is the number one killer of horses under 20 years old and emphases the need for horse owners to understand this issue as 1 in 10 horses will experience a bout of colic annually. Mortensen shares personal stories that demonstrate the severity of colic and provides valuable information on how to manage it, including the importance of gradual dietary changes and regular vet check-ups.

    He also explores topics such as possible post-surgery recovery and the critical role of veterinary care in managing and preventing colic.

     

    00:00 Introduction: The Importance of Colic Awareness

    00:55 A Personal Encounter with Colic

    04:40 Meet the Host: Dr. Chris Mortensen

    06:00 Understanding Colic: Causes and Impacts

    07:50 The Role of Diet in Colic

    08:06 The Power of Education: A Life-Saving Story

    11:24 The Evolution of Horse Digestion and Its Impact on Colic

    15:38 The Risks and Causes of Colic

    21:54 Preventing Colic: Dietary Changes and Management

    27:26 Recognizing the Signs of Colic

    28:58 Recognizing Abnormal Behavior in Horses

    30:07 Identifying Signs of Colic in Horses

    31:47 Checking Your Horse's Vital Signs

    35:52 Understanding Types of Colic and Their Treatment

    40:15 Post-Colic Care and Management

    44:12 Reintroducing Horses to Pasture After Colic

    45:09 The Importance of Colic Education and Prevention

    46:42 Final Thoughts and Appreciation

    Visit https://madbarn.com/mad-about-horses/ to learn more about the Mad About Horses podcast.

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    Mad Barn Academy is dedicated to supporting horse owners, handlers and practitioners through research, training and education.

    Visit us to learn more at ⁠⁠https://madbarn.com
    ⁠⁠

    You can also find Mad Barn at: ⁠

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    ⁠⁠Facebook ⁠⁠@madbarnequine⁠⁠

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    We would love to hear from you! Please send any questions or comments to ⁠podcast@madbarn.com

     

    • 48 min
    Why Horse Welfare is Critical to Your Horses

    Why Horse Welfare is Critical to Your Horses

    In this podcast, Dr. Chris Mortensen, an equine educator and
    scientist, discusses the five domains model of animal welfare, emphasizing their importance in the management and care of horses.

    The discussion unfolds with gratitude towards the listeners,
    a personal account of meeting renowned autistic animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, and an introduction to the five domains - nutrition, physical environment, health, behavioral interactions, and mental state.

    Using real-life examples, from personal experiences to
    historical instances, Dr. Mortensen highlights the importance of each domain and how they contribute to a horse’s overall welfare. The podcast urges horse owners to seek expert advice when needed and treats horses' welfare as a moral and legal responsibility, aiming to ensure a life worth living for these
    magnificent creatures.

    Podcast Timeline

    00:00 Introduction and Gratitude

    00:47 Meeting Heroes and Their Impact

    01:48 The Inspiring Story of a Renowned Animal Behavior
    Scientist

    06:00 The Importance of Animal Welfare

    06:14 The Influence of Temple Grandin on Animal Welfare

    08:37 The Evolution of Animal Welfare Standards

    09:00 Understanding Animal Rights vs Animal Welfare

    13:59 Historical Perspective on Animal Welfare

    20:00 Foundation of Modern Animal Welfare

    24:25 The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare

    29:00 The Five Domains of Animal Welfare

    30:10 Important of Nutrition to Horse Welfare

    34:22 Importance of Environment to Horse Welfare

    38:05 Importance of Health to Horse Welfare

    39:16 Importance of Behavior & Mental State to Horse
    Welfare

    43:20 Conclusion and Gratitude






    Visit
    https://madbarn.com/mad-about-horses/ to learn more about the Mad About Horses podcast.

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    Mad Barn Academy is dedicated to supporting horse owners, handlers and practitioners through research, training and education.

    Visit us to learn more at ⁠⁠https://madbarn.com
    ⁠⁠

    You can also find Mad Barn at: ⁠

    Instagram ⁠⁠@madbarnequine⁠
    ⁠⁠

    Facebook ⁠⁠@madbarnequine⁠⁠

    TikTok ⁠⁠@madbarnequine⁠⁠

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    We would love to hear from you! Please send any questions or comments to ⁠podcast@madbarn.com

     

    • 45 min
    The Amazing Journey Every Newborn Foal Takes Into the World

    The Amazing Journey Every Newborn Foal Takes Into the World

    In this episode of 'Mad About Horses', equine reproductive
    physiologist Dr. Chris Mortensen talks about the exciting and incredible process of horse reproduction and birth.



    Using the example of a mare named Tari and her foal, Prairie Rose, he explains various stages of labor, the differences in horse pregnancy compared to other animals, and the importance of
    early bonding and colostrum for the newborn foal.



    Dr. Mortensen also discusses some difficulties that can
    occur during foaling, such as dystocia and red bag births, emphasizing that while most births proceed normally, vigilance is required to ensure the safety of both mare and foal.



    Finally, he highlights the significance of colostrum for the immunity of the newborns and reiterates his admiration for these stoic and awe-inspiring creatures.



    Podcast Timeline



    00:00 A Night in the Life of a Pregnant Mare

    03:23 Introduction to the Host and the Topic

    03:35 The Fascinating Process of Equine Reproduction

    04:45 The Risks of Giving Birth in the Wild

    05:00 The Journey from Pregnancy to Birth

    06:01 The Biological Changes Leading to Parturition

    10:48 The Role of Hormones in Equine Birth

    12:57 The Signs of an Approaching Birth

    15:09 The Importance of Monitoring During Birth

    26:50 Understanding the Stages of Labor

    29:10 Monitoring the Mare Before Labor

    29:32 Personal Experiences with Foaling

    31:30 The Quickness of Stage Two Labor

    32:38 The Joy of Mare and Foal Bonding

    33:28 The Importance of Foal Positioning

    35:52 Dealing with Dystocia

    38:44 The Danger of Red Bag Birth

    41:43 Post-Birth Checks and Care

    44:19 The Journey of Prairie Rose

    45:24 The Importance of Colostrum

    49:33 Reflecting on Foaling Experiences



    Visit https://madbarn.com/mad-about-horses/ to learn more about the Mad About Horses podcast.



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    Mad Barn Academy is dedicated to supporting horse owners, handlers and practitioners through research, training and education.



    Visit us to learn more at ⁠⁠https://madbarn.com
    ⁠⁠

    You can also find Mad Barn at: ⁠



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    ⁠⁠Facebook ⁠⁠@madbarnequine⁠⁠

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    We would love to hear from you! Please send any questions or comments to ⁠podcast@madbarn.com

    • 51 min
    What Makes Mares Tick?

    What Makes Mares Tick?

    This episode focuses on the reproduction process in horses, telling the story of a mare named Tari. From the first signs of estrus, to the miraculous journey of the sperm cell, to the pregnancy paradox, where the mother's immune system tolerates the half-foreign DNA of the embryo, Dr. Chris Mortensen walks through the intricate process of equine pregnancy and childbirth.



    As part of the reproductive journey, we also understand the behavior changes in mares due to hormones. The episode also touches on safety concerns regarding the use of hormone supplements in mares like Regumate.



    Dr. Mortensen emphasizes the information in this episode is crucial for anyone working with mares, particularly during the breeding season, and fosters an appreciation for the intricate biological processes involved in equine reproduction.



     Podcast Timeline



    00:00 Introduction and Request for Sharing

    00:28 The Story of Tari

    00:49 Understanding the Reproductive Cycle of Mares

    02:03 The Role of Hormones in Mare Reproduction

    03:45 Introduction to the Host and the Podcast's Focus

    04:51 The Importance of Mares in Horse Breeding

    05:43 Understanding the Differences in Male and Female
    Horses

    06:13 The Challenges of Managing Mares

    07:25 The Host's Personal Journey in Equine Reproduction

    08:10 The Miracle of Life in Horses

    10:40 The Breeding Season of Horses

    12:44 The Role of Hormones in Horse Breeding

    21:50 The Impact of Hormones on Mare Behavior

    26:08 The Risks of Using Hormone Supplements in Horse
    Breeding

    30:23 The Journey of Pregnancy in Mares

    36:19 The Miracle of Birth in Horses

    44:15 Conclusion and Request for Sharing

     

    Visit https://madbarn.com/mad-about-horses/ to learn more about the Mad About Horses podcast.



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    Mad Barn Academy is dedicated to supporting horse owners, handlers and practitioners through research, training and education.



    Visit us to learn more at ⁠⁠https://madbarn.com
    ⁠⁠

    You can also find Mad Barn at: ⁠

    Instagram ⁠⁠@madbarnequine⁠
    ⁠⁠Facebook ⁠⁠@madbarnequine⁠⁠

    TikTok ⁠⁠@madbarnequine⁠⁠

    ⁠YouTube⁠⁠ @madbarn

    X (Twitter) @madbarnequine



    We would love to hear from you! Please send any questions or comments to ⁠podcast@madbarn.com

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Blackmagicequine ,

Love this podcast!

So much educated information packed into each episode. It’s so easy to hear and feel the genuine passion behind this podcast.
It truthfully gives me chills!

JDJAXX ,

Love the show!!!

I learn so much more every episode. I love all the references and research tid bits! I definitely think the horses are starting to notice how much more education I have dedicated to their welfare ❤️🐴

Lucky CBird ,

Makes me even more excited about our equine partners!

Wonderful podcast that both my daughter and I enjoy listening to and learning from while we drive to and from the barn to take care of our horses.

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