Sport Horse Podcast

Join Nicole Lakin and Tim Worden, PhD, as they chat with leading horse people and researchers to explore the fascinating science behind cutting-edge training and management techniques for sport horses.

This entertaining podcast explores recent research on topics relevant to ensuring sport horses achieve their best while staying healthy. And it asks questions about how the world’s best athletes are able to achieve such impressive feats and how horsemanship can be combined with science to improve results. This podcast is presented by the Equine High Performance Sports Group.

Episode 7: Quantifying Movement and Muscle Activity

Nicole and Tim catch up with Ineke Smit to discuss recent results from Utrecht University’s efforts to better understand horse movement and dive into using technology to detect lameness as well as opportunities to better understand how factors like fatigue and fitness can impact muscle activity.

Episode 6: Cardiorespiratory Challenges in Sport Horses

What is inflammatory airway disease and how does it impact performance? How can we monitor a horse’s heart to identify respiratory issues or pain? This fascinating interview with Dr. Emmanuelle van Erck-Westergren, sponsored by Haygain, discusses the latest research on cardiorespiratory health and provides practical solutions to ensure all horses can live and perform at their best. Listen in…

Episode 5: The Impact of Exercise on the Equine Musculoskeletal System

How does high-intensity exercise affect bone growth? What effect does circular exercise (for example: longeing and turning) have on the horse’s body and how does this impact conditioning programs? This podcast covers recent research performed by Michigan State University PhD Candidate Alyssa Logan and will provide you with important knowledge when building your own sport horse training programs.  Listen in…

Episode 4: Sport Horse Management—Where Are We Going?

What is the future of equine sports medicine? In this episode, we dive into a discussion of the past, present, and future of sports medicine with the President of the Equine High-Performance Sports Group and renowned veterinarian, Dr. Mark Revenaugh. Mark shares what he has learned from working with elite equine athletes for over 30 years and how horse management needs to change to continue to improve health and wellness.  Listen in…

Episode 3: Measuring and Monitoring Equine Athletes

If it matters, measure it! In this episode, Carl Valle shares lessons learned from human athletics about how to measure and monitor progress, and it these ideas can be applied to sport horses. We are sure you will apply Carl’s ideas to your own sport horse training programs!

Episode 2: The Art and Science of Shoeing Horses

Should a horse be barefoot or shod? What is the role of science and research in shoeing horses, both now and in the future? Join us for a discussion with farrier Pat Reilly as he shares his thoughts on the current state of managing hooves as well as what the future of his profession will look like.  Listen in…

Episode 1: Water Treadmills, from Science to Practice

When should your horse use a water treadmill or swimming pool? Water treadmills and swimming pools are growing in popularity as tools to complement training and rehabilitation. Dr. Perse McCrae breaks down the science behind these tools, when and how they can be utilized, and shares cool insights from her experiences using both methods. Listen in…

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