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Audrey Pavia on Pet Life Radio


Horsing Around features horse podcasts all about horses, of course. In this horse podcast, we cover everything from how to get started in horses to how to best take care of your equine companion. In these horse podcasts, you'll learn all about nutrition, hoof care, training, veterinary issues and behavior. We cover breed topics, riding and alternative therapies. Even communicating with horses that have gone to the Great Beyond is among our list of subjects.

Our horse podcasts include guests in every field of the horse world. Trainers, veterinarians, farriers, breed experts and animal communicators give you the low-down on everything equine.


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Episode 37 - Equine Agility – A Fun Course for your Horse!

Audrey welcomes trick rider, Suzanne De Laurentis to talk about the new sport of Equine Agility.  Equine agility is for horse lovers that want to have an enriched experience with their companion horses in a venue that offers and appreciates Good Sportsmanship and Good Horsemanship!

Agility generally appeals to horse lovers that don't want to compete in "rail" classes but do want to have fun with their horses. Agility offers folks a friendly and fun competitive sport that can be done with horses that may be too young for ridden competition or may not be suited to mounted competition for any number of reasons. Tune in to find out more!


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Episode 36 - Spirit of the Horse

Animal communicator Carole Devereux talks to Audrey about her book Spirit of the Horse: The New Myths of Equus, where creation myths and other mystical topics are covered from the equine point of view.


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Episode 35 - Riding High in Cavalia

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Cavalia as Audrey talks to trick and Roman rider Fairland Ferguson about her amazing work in the show.  "Cavalia" is often described as a "'Cirque du Soleil' with horses," though it's really a horse of a different color!


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Episode 34 - The Language of the Horse

Audrey talks to natural horsemanship clinician and trainer, animal communicator and Reiki Master Anna Twinney about the language of the horse, how horses communicate with us and each other.


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Episode 33 - Ride & Tie

One of the most exciting competitive trail sports is Ride & Tie, where two humans and one horse team up to race through the countryside. This week, Audrey talks to Melanie Weir, vice president of the Ride and Tie Association about how to get started in this fun-filled sport.


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Episode 32 - The Right Way to Feed

Nature designed horses to be grazers, constantly eating their way through life. Unfortunately, modern horsekeeping methods don't honor the way the horse was meant to eat, resulting in a variety of health and behavior problems. In this episode of Horsing Around, equine nutritionist Juliet M. Getty, Ph. D., author of "Feed Your Horse Like a Horse," explains why feeding hay free choice is not only better for your horse, but is more economic in the long run. 


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Episode 31 - The Former Soul of Cavalia

Thousands of people around the world have witnessed the magic of the equine spectacular, Cavalia. In this episode, Audrey talks to founding stars of Cavalia, Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado about the incredible relationships they have with their amazing Lusitano stallions.


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Episode 30 - The Herd-Bound Horse

Herd-bound behavior in horses can be a real challenge for riders. Horses that won't leave the barn or their buddies can make a rider's life miserable. This week, Audrey talks to trainer and clinician Julie Goodnight about herd-bound horses and how to deal with this issue.


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Episode 29 - Balancing Your Equestrian Lifestyle

Riding and caring for horses can be challenging at times. Many equestrians are faced with not only demands on their time, but also on their psyche. In this episode, Audrey talks to equestrian life coach Anke Johnson about how to maintain balance in your life while making the most of your horsy addiction. 


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Episode 28 - Putting On A Horse Show

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to host a horse show? In this episode, Christy Wood , horse show judge and author of "Your Best Horse Show" gives Audrey the scoop on what it's like to organize your own event.


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Episode 27 - Equine Metabolic Syndrome

Equine Metabolic Syndrome is a condition that can affect any horse of any breed, resulting in weight gain, lack of energy and laminitis. Previously diagnosed as hypothyroidism, Equine Metabolic Syndrome can be both prevented and managed. In this episode, Audrey talks to Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA, about Equine Metabolic Syndrome and what this condition means for your horse.


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Episode 26 - Eco-Horsekeeping

Audrey speaks with author Lucinda Dyer about the over 100 Budget-Friendly Ways You and Your Horse Can Save the Planet.   You’ll get the advice you need to stop worrying about the environment and start doing something about saving it—while at the same time saving money! And best of all, your green initiative can begin in the barn, alongside your horse. Who knew the cheapest, easiest planet-friendly practices could revolve around your equestrian passion?


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Episode 25 - Wild Hoofbeats

Wild horses are the most beautiful equines of all. We can learn so much about our own horses just from observing wild horse behavior. In this episode, Audrey talks to Carol Walker, author of the book "Wild Hoofbeats," about the wild horses of South Wyoming. Carol spent several seasons observing and photographing these magnificent creatures and has a lot to share about the lives of America's mustangs.


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Episode 24 - Healing Through Horses

Horses have a way of healing both our minds and bodies, and the practice of Equine Facilitated Learning fosters this synergy. This week, Audrey talks to trainer and clinician Franklin Levinson about Equine Facilitated Learning and how horses provide help to the mentally and physically challenged, as well as the average horse owner.


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Episode 23 - Dressage 101

Learn all about the oldest style of riding in the world as Audrey talks to USDF bronze and silver medalist Jennifer O. Bryant, author of The USDF Guide to Dressage.


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Episode 22 - Finding Yourself Through Horses

Horses are amazingly spiritual animals that have a lot to teach us if only we can learn to listen. In this episode, Audrey talks to author and artist Liz Mitten Ryan and energy healer Victoria Havercroft about Gateway Ranch, a special place in British Columbia where people go to find themselves through horses.


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Episode 21 - Five Fundamentals For A Safer Ride

This week we’re speaking with trainer Missy Wryn of WHolistic Horsemanship again about the five fundamentals that translate on your saddle for a safer ride.


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Episode 20 - The Three Foundations for a Safer Horse

Before you can safely ride your horse, you need to establish rules on the ground. This week, Audrey talks to trainer and clinician Missy Wryn of WHolistic Horsemanship in Estacada, Oregon, about the Three Foundations for a Safer Horse.


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Episode 19 - Conquering Fear

For many riders, fear is their constant companion when in the saddle. This week, Audrey talks to Colorado trainer and clinician Franklin Levinson about the causes of rider fear and how to cope with it.


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Episode 18 - Riding Bitless

Horses have been ridden in bits for hundreds of years, but a recent trend in bitless riding is questioning this age-old method of controlling a horse. This week, Audrey talks to bitless bridle expert 
Claudia Chavis about the difference between riding with a bit and without one.


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Episode 17 - Building Confidence

Gaining your horse's confidence is the single most important aspect of horsemanship, whether you show your horse or just poke around on the trail. Gifted horse trainer and clinician Franklin Levinson talks to Audrey about how to build confidence in your horse to develop a stronger, more fulfilling bond.


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Episode 16 - Preparing for Disaster

Recent hurricanes in the Gulf have driven home the point that horse owners need to prepare for disaster to ensure their horses are safe. Audrey talks to Becky McConnico, DVM, equine branch director for the Louisiana State Animal Response Team and associate professor of veterinary medicine at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Find out what has happened to horses in the path of recent hurricanes, and learn how to protect your horse in the event of a disaster.


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Episode 15 - Building Your Dream Horse

Known as America’s most respected horse trainer, Charles Wilhelm is the creator of Ultimate Foundation Training, equine training techniques that combine the best of traditional, classical and natural horsemanship into a methodology that is applicable to every riding discipline. Wilhelm's extensive background includes dressage, working cow horse, reining, western pleasure and trail. Wilhelm believes that “it's never, ever, the horse's fault,” and his training methods reflect that belief.


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Episode 14 - Coping with Colic

Colic is one of the most common and insidious ailments affecting horses today. Horse owners need to recognize the early signs of this condition and know how to prevent it. Audrey visits with veterinarian Anthony Blikslager, a professor of equine surgery and gastroenterology at North Carolina State University, to get the scoop on colic.


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Episode 13 - Saving the Wild Horse

In July, the Bureau of Land Management announced it was considering euthanizing thousands of wild horses being kept in holding pens throughout the West. Not surprisingly, horse lovers are up in arms about this development. Audrey talks to Chris Heyde, deputy director, Government and Legal Affairs, of the Animal Welfare Institute, about the situation and what horse lovers can do to help.


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Episode 12 - The First American Horse

The Spanish Mustang is the horse behind many of America's most popular breeds of today. A hardy and versatile horse, this rare breed is making a comeback. Audrey talks to Spanish Mustang breeder Susan Catt about the incredible horse with an amazing past and an even brighter future.


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Episode 11 - Big Time Showing on a Small Budget

Audrey talks to horse owner Stephanie Vrabel, who took her only horse, an Appaloosa gelding named Wyakin Too, to the World Championship Appaloosa Show last year. Stephanie and "Flash" got to the big time without a lot of money, through perseverance and creativity. Learn from their experience!


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Episode 10 - Helping Horses

The slowing economy and mortgage meltdown have led to an increase in abandoned and neglected horses. This week, Audrey talks to Gina Perrin, founder of Heavenly Horse Haven, an equine rescue in Anza, California. Gina describes how the housing situation has led to an increase in horses and other animals needing immediate assistance, and what horse lovers can do to help.


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Episode 9 - Phenomenal in 100 Days? Hail Yeah!

Our guest this week is trainer Ray Ariss, who brought a wild mustang named Hail Yeah from feral to phenomenal in only 100 days. A competitor in the 2007 Extreme Mustang Makeover, Ray saw Hail Yeah go for $50,000 in the post-event auction, making him the highest priced mustang in U.S. history. Ray talks to Audrey about his experience training Hail Yeah, detailing the importance of trust in getting a horse to do anything you ask him to.


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Episode 8 - Crying With Cockroaches

Audrey talks to Marianne Du Toit, author of “Crying With Cockroaches”, who in 1995, single-handedly planned and embarked on a three month cycling tour of Europe. In 2002 The TATA Challenge (www.tatachallenge.com) was conceived. It was an epic journey, which involved Marianne walking and trotting with only two horses for company (she was a novice rider) from Argentina to New York over a 21 month period.


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Episode 7 - Competitive Trail Riding

This week we're going to talk about a very special sport that just about anyone can do on horseback... Competitive Trail Riding with guest, Beverly Roberts.


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Episode 6 - The Adult Longeing Guide

Emily Esterson is today's guest talking about her new book, The Adult Longeing Guide.


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Episode 5 - I said, Hay Hay Hay!

Today's topic is barefoot trimming with Marci Lambert. Marci's trimming style is based on the research of veterinarian Dr. Hiltrud Strasser; veterinary professor of anatomy of Michigan State University. Dr. Robert Bowker; and barefoot expert Pete Ramey. Marci has also found horses to be the best teachers of all.


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Episode 4 - Getting To The Point

Audrey talks to veterinarian Kate Gentry-Running about acupuncture and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, two forms of alternative therapies for horses.


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Episode 3 - Equestrian Pilates

Today's topic is Equestrian Pilates with Sue Kellogg-Graf . Find out how Equestrian Pilates helps riders! With a stronger yet agile body, riders are better able to move with their horses, are happier in their riding, easier to train, and also have fewer injuries.


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Episode 2 - Barefoot In The Park

Today's topic is barefoot trimming with Marci Lambert. Marci's trimming style is based on the research of veterinarian Dr. Hiltrud Strasser; veterinary professor of anatomy of Michigan State University. Dr. Robert Bowker; and barefoot expert Pete Ramey. Marci has also found horses to be the best teachers of all.


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Episode 1 - The Ticket To Ride

Do you want to get started in riding, or improve the skills your already have? Then you need a good instructor. Since riding instructors are not licensed in the U.S. like they are in some other countries, you need to be more savvy when looking for someone to help you learn to ride. This week, we talk to Christy Landwehr, chief executive officer of the Certified Horsemanship Association, an organization that certifies riding instructors, accredits equine facilities and published educational resources. Christy will give us advice on searching out the best instructor to meet our needs.


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