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Host Audrey DeClue hosts this podcast designed to help owners, riders, trainers, and others understand their horse's needs better.

The Horse First: A Veterinary Sport Horse Podcast Audrey DeClue, DVM

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 76 Ratings

Host Audrey DeClue hosts this podcast designed to help owners, riders, trainers, and others understand their horse's needs better.

    Suspensory Ligament Injuries in Sport Horses

    Suspensory Ligament Injuries in Sport Horses

    It can be scary to hear the words 'suspensory ligament injury.' But in today's episode, Dr. Audrey DeClue brings some hope to the discussion.

    She talks specifically about these injuries often being secondary to something else, which can provide for more options when moving forward.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Horse Communication

    Horse Communication

    In today's episode, Dr. Audrey DeClue is focused on the importance of communicating well with others based on the strong communication you've built with your horse. 

    She also discusses the prevalence of suicide within the veterinary community and how we can be supportive of each other during times of extreme stress, trauma, and burnout. 

    • 38 min
    Absolutely Everything is Important

    Absolutely Everything is Important

    In this episode, Dr. Audrey DeClue aims to help riders, owners, and trainers take notice of things going on with your horse and point them out to your veterinarian.

    Taking special note of the subtle things you see in the day-to-day and asking about them can make a big difference in the diagnosis process. 

    • 49 min
    Causes and Solutions to Contact Issues with Your Horse

    Causes and Solutions to Contact Issues with Your Horse

    In this episode, Dr. Audrey DeClue provides an 8-step process of elimination to address causes and solutions to contact issues with your horse. This is an important episode if you struggle with bridal or contact issues.

    • 41 min
    Straightness Issues Bulged vs Hollow Horses

    Straightness Issues Bulged vs Hollow Horses

    Straightness is one of the most common issues owners and trainers have with their horses. It's also a very common topic in publications, no matter what discipline of the horse. 

    In this episode, Dr. Audrey DeClue explains that if you can ride your horse in a straight and balanced manner, your lameness  issues go down exponentially. But that's not all, so listen as she digs into the research on straightness issues to help you and your horse become more aligned. 

    • 44 min
    Tension is the Enemy and the Cause of Many Lamenesses in Sport Horses

    Tension is the Enemy and the Cause of Many Lamenesses in Sport Horses

    Whether it's from a known or unknown injury, tension is the enemy of every lameness. The perfect horse can become lame due to tension and a lame horse come back to life when tension is addressed.

    In today's episode, Dr. Audrey DeClue discusses cases where lameness has either improved or declined based on discovering and treating tension - no matter what the cause. 

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

JS2035 ,

I share this with EVERYONE!

Thank you so much for this awesome podcast! As a bodyworker and long time rehabber of OTTBs, sports medicine and biomechanics has always been my special nerd out place. I love that you dive into the technical but keep it accessible and un-intimidating for everyone! I often share episodes with my clients and field work students and it’s opened the door for great conversation, better understanding and best of all, improved quality of life for our horses. Thank you a million times!

Brey Harris ,

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This podcast is a Godsend to any owner with a horse who exhibits “phantom” or undiagnosable lameness. If you have been struggling to figure out what is wrong with your horse for years, knowing they’re in pain, even though the vets say they are fine, you NEED to give this podcast a listen. The pyramid Audrey has developed is absolutely amazing and an excellent tool for evaluating all horses that people work with regardless of visible lameness or not. I recommend this podcast to all of my horse friends and associates. This is the type of education we all need in order to further our relationships with our horses.

Jlyequine ,

Thank you

I’m a Masterson Method certified practitioner and someone that is doing my best to advocate for the horse, especially in the Saddlebred - Morgan world. I enjoy listening to your podcasts and picking up on every detail that relates so much to what I feel and have learned through Masterson. Thanks for being “that vet” by using your intuition when necessary and constantly asking WHY!

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