The Horse's Advocate radio show is all about helping horse owners find the missing horse owner's manual of owning and caring for horses. Hosted by Geoff Tucker, DVM (aka "Doc T"), he brings to you wisdom from almost 50 years with horses. But beware - some of this stuff is NOT what you might expect. When the "box to think outside of" was built, he was never included and remained outside! The goal of this show is to Help Horses Thrive In A Human World.
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.
Once we understand the personality of the horse we are working with we can then work on changing our own expression of ourselves to match that of the horse we are working on. Matching our energy to that of the horse and then leading them through our own energy control will magically bring results you thought wouldn’t be possible without adding medications to the horse.
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 “narcolepsy” in horses which really isn’t an accurate use in horses of this human disease. Now it is known as Sleeping disorder in Horses (or something like that) . But this podcast doesn’t spend a lot of time on this one problem that seems to be escalating in number over the years. Rather Doc T just talks about the things that happen when we sleep. From there we look at what might be happening in our horses when they sleep.
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, the horse owner or trainer, need to interject yourself to defuse a dangerous situation.
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 drugs are the original product protected by patents and are sold under a famous marketed name. These are approved by the FDA to meet strict standards.
Generic drugs are almost exact copies of legend drugs but without the fancy and well known name. These are also approved by the FDA to meet strict standards.
Compounded drugs are mixes of ingredients that are similar but not the same as the legend drugs. They are NOT controlled by the strict standards of the FDA.
Horses and the laws of physics
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 intrigued me since about 1978 when I noticed that there were scientists looking at how these laws made our horses lame. I was hooked.
Long toe and low heels is a combination of physics that does harm to tendons and hooves. Here is another favorite: Force = mass times acceleration (the reason overweight horses break down). Both of these are at the root of most lamenesses in horses.
Come along and find out how physics will help you to keep your horses healthy.
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 know based on their life.
Who do we believe? Where do we go to get information. It boils down to two things: 1) listen to your gut to determine if what you are listening to is reasonable and 2) do what works for you and your horses. And if it isn’t working, change something so it does work.