Practical, relevant, up to date information for thinking horse person. If you love horses, you'll love this show!


  • 1: Antoinette Foster - Healthy Horse Gut

    10/04/2018 Duration: 47min

    Antoinette Foster Dip. Nut. Equine Nutritional Therapist/Medical Herbalist/Nutritional Therapy Genetics/Product Formulator. Antoinette Foster is one of Australia's most highly qualified equine nutritional therapists; she is also a qualified medical herbalist and human nutritionist and author of the successful book "Eat Like a Horse". Antoinette has been a practitioner for over 29 years and has continued her training throughout this time. She began work in 2010 with Dr Margie Smith, a molecular geneticist; and was introduced the world of genetic science and the effect on gene expression from nutrition, this knowledge has been brought into the equine side of Antoinette's business. Genetic science has advanced substantially in the last 20 years and integrating the knowledge that Antoinette has into the management of horses is extremely exciting. Antoinette's interests in genetics lead her to a new professional diploma course in Nutritional Therapy and Genetics which she completed in December 2015\. In 2017 the l

  • 1: Equine Wound Care - Dr. Leigh De Clifford

    06/03/2018 Duration: 34min

    This month's podcast guest is Equine Vet Leigh De Clifford talking best practice wound care.   Born and raised in rural Australia on a mix farm, Leigh grew up around racing, rodeo and campdrafting. Leigh graduated from Massey in 2008 and worked in a large equine hospital in western Victoria before taking up a position as the private veterinarian for Qatar Bloodstock and Qatar Racing, based in Gloucestershire, UK. Leigh’s interests include sports medicine, lameness and surgery and is keen on advancing the management of the equine athlete to get maximum performance, whether it be polo, dressage, eventing, show jumping or racing. Leigh was also recently asked to join the Australian Equestrian Veterinary Team for WEG in 2014. When not at work Leigh can be found running around a rugby pitch, at the gym or grooming for his wife at her dressage competitions. During the interview Leigh and I talk about initial first aid, what to clean wounds with, how to prevent proud flesh, what to put on wounds and h

  • HorseSense Episode 15 - Talking all things safety equipment with Michelle Nichols

    31/05/2016 Duration: 55min

    Michelle Nichols is the Victorian agent for Southern Stars Saddlery. She doesn't just sell products though......she's all about people and horses geared for success, happiness and health. Michelle knows her stuff and here we talk all things safety gear for people and horses. There are a few surprises and some fabulous information. Find out more about Michelle at or look her up on facebook. #HorseSense #Horse #Horseequipment #safetyequipment #horseriding #Horsesafety

  • Episode 14 - Steve Brinkworth talks floating issues

    25/05/2016 Duration: 45min

    Ever had a time when you spent a whole day prepping your horse for an event only to get up the next morning to find he WILL NOT get on that float? Does this classic Norman Thelwell cartoon remind you of anyone?? In this episode I talk to resident horse trainer extraordinaire Steve Brinkworth on how to get your horse to love the float. We cover refusing to get on, rushing off, scrambling and much more. A really, really useful episode!! Head over to to the show notes where you'll be able to download a video (available 27.5.16)

  • HorseSense Episode 13 - Feeding the Laminitic horse with Carol Layton

    02/05/2016 Duration: 01h06min

    Carol Layton is a woman with a curiosity that led her down the path to becoming one of Australia’s leading Equine Nutrition experts. With a background in Science and a love of horses, Carol found that she couldn’t find good evidence to back the way we were feeding our horses. There was not much to help horse owners work through the maze of feeds at the feed store and so most of the information was based on people’s opinions or small pieces of research undertaken on small groups of horses. This began a search for real knowledge about equine nutrition and led her to Dr. Elizabeth Kallon. Dr. Kallen is a Vet who has specialised in the development of sound nutritional practice for all horses. Carol has studied under Dr. Kallen for almost 10 years now and lectures both here and overseas on the subject. Carol also consults and sells balanced mineral mixes individualised for your horse's particular needs. Her website can be found here and her facebook page is https://www.facebo

  • HorseSense Episode 12 - Overcoming self-doubt, fear and insecurity with Sandi Simons

    26/04/2016 Duration: 46min

    Sandi Simons is an inspirational horse riding woman. Why? Because she has felt the fear of losing her confidence as a horse woman and rider......and more. In this interview Sandi talks about her journey from struggling mum afraid to get on her horse to the confident woman she is today, helping other women overcome their fears and insecurities. Be inspired and motivated by Sandi. In her words - you're worth it. #HorseSense #Horse #Equine #Courage #Inspiration #overcomingyourfear

  • HorseSense Episode 11 - Jane Myers talks Equicentral land management practices

    18/04/2016 Duration: 54min

    I love my horses and I also love the land. I want to live as sustainably as possible and not be one of those horse owners that ruin the land their horses run on. We also all want the best for our horses and by far the best nutrition or horses is grass so it stands to reason that we want to grow as much of it as possible and manage worm burdens and the like. Jane's system of land/grazing management combines horses natural grazing behaviours with sensible systems of horse keeping to make our lives easier. I could listen to Jane all day - some incredibly practical information that we can all implement with minimal fuss and cost. A scientist, researcher and author, Jane's a wealth of information and tours both Australia and the UK teaching these principles. You can find out more at her website: #HorseSense #horse #equine #Equinecareclinic

  • HorseSense Episode 10 - Bits and Bitless Bridles, Emeritus Prof. Bob Cook shares some astonishing information you probably didn't know

    11/04/2016 Duration: 58min

    This interview changed my thinking and what I knew about how horses breath and how they work under pressure. Prof Cook has dedicated his life’s work to the study of issues with the horse’s breathing and how this is impacted by the way in which we ride and the equipment we use. As an equine ear, nose and throat surgeon and specialist he began by asking the seemingly simple question ‘what impact does a bit have on a horse?’. This question started a long journey to research and study. In the course of this study he came to see that horses actually didn’t need to be ridden in bits and in fact this is a relatively recent phenomenon and that the use of bits not only decreased performance but potentially were causing significant damage and even death. He developed a bitless bridle based on the research and now sells these to continue funding the research. If there is one episode you should listen to it’s this one. Resources and links: Prof Cooks website: #HorseSense #hors

  • HorseSense Episode 9 - Talking to Pauline Naudi of the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance Group

    28/03/2016 Duration: 01h32s

    Pauline Naudi is a first responder for the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance Group. Pauline is a Veterinary Nurse and Equine Acupressure Therapist. She started her journey with Cushings when she came across Jack, her cheeky little pony. Pauline had two horses with Cushings, Jack and Spur, and found it difficult to get good information on how to best manage a horse with Cushings. Then she found the Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance Group which she has been part of ever since. Pauline has a wealth of knowledge on the topic and this interview covers what to do and where to go if you think your horse has Cushings. Incredibly practical and helpful interview. Here's some helpful links: EIRCG - (the new link) and (still current) Hay testing: #HorseSense #Horse #Equine #EquineCareClinic #Cushings #Insulin #CushingsResistance #InsulinResistance#equine cushings

  • HorseSense Episode 7 - Enlightened Dressage with Grand Prix Dressage rider and coach Catherine Birmingham

    07/03/2016 Duration: 46min

    Catherine Louise Birminham grew up in a non horsey family with an obsession for horses and an absolute determination to make them her life. Starting by helping out at Riding for the Disabled with her mum she went on to become an accomplished Grand Prix Dressage rider and subsequently a coach. She has ridden and coached at the highest level in Australia, Germany and Japan. Now Catherine has added successful author to her name with Ride for Life and now Just Be You. I caught up with Catherine for an interview whilst she was in Bali writing book number 3. In this interview she tells her story and talks about the rider/horse connection. This discussion went deep and its a fantastic interview. You can find out more about Catherine at and her books can be ordered online on Amazon or through her website. #Horsesense #horse #equine #equinecareclinic #horsetips #dressage #Spirituality#Catherine Birmingham

  • HorseSense Episode 6 - Equine Naturopath, Equine Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, Shiatsu and Equine Iridology with Sue Martin

    29/02/2016 Duration: 35min

    #EquineCareClinic #HorseSense #Horse #equinecare #Naturalequinehealth #EquineNaturopath #Equineiridology

  • HorseSense Episode 5 - Travel sickness can kill - learn how to avoid common transport problems with Barbara Padalino

    22/02/2016 Duration: 45min

    #HorseSense #Equinecareclinic #horse #equine #travelsickness #horsetransport #horsefloat

  • HorseSense Episode 4 - Rescuing Gili Island Ponies - Dr. Kirsten Jackson, WA Vet talks about her mission to help these hardworking ponies

    15/02/2016 Duration: 30min

    Dr. Kirsten Jackson from Western Australian doesn't see herself as anyone special but she is. Kirsten is one of a team of people working to improve the conditions for the ponies of the Gili Islands in Indonesia. There are no vehicles on the islands so these small, tough ponies are the mode of transport and literally the horsepower of the economy. The conditions are tough with poor quality gear, feed and water. Kirsten and the team work with the owners treating, providing equipment and educating. Their work is changing the lives of these horses in amazing ways. It's both a difficult and heartwarming story. Have a listen, then get on board and help if you can. You can help by any of the following means: Here is the link to the movie night fundraiser 27th February 2016 for those WA folk able to attend: or And the Go Fund Me page: And the Animal Aid Abroad fundraising page: http://anima

  • HorseSense Episode 3 - Talking Teeth with Shannon Lee

    08/02/2016 Duration: 49min

    Dr. Shannon Lee is an internationally acclaimed Equine Dental Veterinarian and a passionate advocate for horses getting the right dental care. Dental pain and problems can go undetected and unnoticed by horse owners and Shannon talks about the common problems he sees, the myths about equine dental care and gives practical advice about what horse owners can do to prevent and manage problems. This is a must listen for anyone who wants a happy, healthy horse. Further information can be found on Shannon’s site at You’ll find some great articles there that are well worth a read. If you are looking for an equine dental vet in your area follow this link #HorseSense #Horse #equine #equinedental #dentalcare#ShannonLee#AustralianEquineDentistry

  • HorseSense Episode 2 - Want a calm, relaxed and happy horse?  Steve Brinkworth talks 'No buck' training

    01/02/2016 Duration: 49min

    At 15 Steve Brinkworth was leading horseback tours with his family in outback Flinders Ranges. He also rode ensurance comps and achieved 2 coveted Quilty buckles. This set the scene for his lifelong love of horses along with a curiosity and thirst for knowledge to train horses in ways that worked with the horse and his nature rather than against it. Steve now trains horses and riders in his methods with the his Horse Starting Course and regular clinics. Steve has developed a 5 step methodology for no buck training that gives solid foundational training to horses of any discipline. He talks about how this work and how horse owners can think differently about working with their own horses. If you want a calm, relaxed and sensible riding horse then this is an episode you will want to listen to. Find out more about Steve at and check out his online membership training at #Horsesense #horse #horsecare #equinecare #equine#SteveBrinkworth

  • HorseSense Episode 1 - Before Michelle Payne, there was Lynne Blighton

    25/01/2016 Duration: 23min

    Welcome to the first episode of Horse Sense brought to you by the Equine Care Clinic. In this episode Amanda speaks to Lynne Blighton about her racing career before she became a social worker who helps people put their lives back together. There are some moments that will give you goose bumps! Find out more about Lynne at #horsesense #horse #horsecare #equine #equinecareclinic#Michelle Payne #Lynne Blighton#really cool horse stuff