Barn Banter – Episode 17

Horse Illustrated podcast Barn Banter episode 17: Hosts Susan Friedland and Holly Caccamise chat with equine nutritionist Rachel Mottet, Ph.D.


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Welcome to Barn Banter, the official podcast of Horse Illustrated. In Barn Banter episode 17, hosts Susan Friedland and Horse Illustrated Editor In Chief Holly Caccamise discuss recent lamenesses and upcoming travel. Then, they chat with equine nutritionist Rachel Mottet, Ph.D. Finally, they talk with Kristine Dvonch of Horses’ Haven about ASPCA Right Horse adoptable horse of the month, Trooper.

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Listen to Barn Banter episode 17 now to meet Rachel and Trooper.

Rachel Mottet, Ph.D, Equine Nutritionist

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Rachel Mottet, Ph.D., Barn Banter episode 17 guest

Rachel Mottet, M.S., Ph.D., is an independent equine nutritionist under her business Legacy Equine Nutrition. She earned her B.S. in Equine Science from the University of Wisconsin River Falls, her M.S. in Animal Science from North Dakota State University and her Ph.D. in Nutrition and Animal Science from the University of Minnesota.

Professionally, Dr. Mottet has worked with horse owners all over the world in roles as an invited lecturer, university professor, and consulting equine specialist for numerous equine feed and supplement companies. She has worked with FEI and Olympic competitors in numerous disciplines and has successfully formulated diets for thousands of horses. Her recent invited lectures include stops in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and all over the United States, with an emphasis on dietary intervention for inflammatory gastrointestinal conditions.

Dr. Mottet currently provides consulting services to horse owners and teaches equine nutrition courses to veterinarians, owners, and equine professionals. She is active in the competitive horse world and competes in the hunter/jumper discipline with her horses. She owns a farm outside of Ocala, Fla., where she lives with her two dogs and horses. She spends much of her free time watching competitions at the local World Equestrian Center or working on her farm.

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Trooper, Adoptable Horse of the Month

Conformation shot of Trooper, a black Tennessee Walking Horse
Photo courtesy Horses’ Haven

Trooper is a 21-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding. A sweet soul with the ground manners of a gentleman, Trooper is well behaved for farrier, vet and a nice companion to his pasture mates.

Though Trooper is beginner safe on the ground, he is best suited to a confident advanced beginner or intermediate rider as he can be forward. He wears front shoes and was surrendered as he couldn’t keep up with younger horses on long distance rides. His ground-covering walk and pace are butter smooth under saddle. On the longe line he has a trot that a dressage horse would envy, but has not offered a trot under saddle. If you’re looking for a sweet natured horse with a bit of pep in his step to join you on casual trail rides, Trooper is your your guy!

Learn more about Trooper here.

In addition to Barn Banter episode 17, you can check out all previous episodes of Horse Illustrated’s podcasts.


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