One of the best parts of my job is getting to meet and interview the world’s leading horse-health experts. I ask them questions, and then I translate and condense their responses and serve them up to you in on like carefully chopped and plated crudité.

Honestly, I kind of see my journalism degree a free pass to go where I want and ask whatever questions I want. I tell you I’m great at dinner parties, unless of course you’re the poor introvert I’ve cornered and interrogated next to the hummus platter.

But, I digress.

When I meet with experts and veterinarians, a ton of information transfers. Often, however, I’m left wondering, “What is the most important thing I need to know about this topic?” That question led to our new “5 Things You Need to Know” video series, which launched this week. As the name implies, this monthly series features the five most important things you need to know about a specific horse-related topic straight from the experts.


Our new "5 Things You Need to Know" video series starts with stallion fertility.

We’re kicking off this series with three breeding topics, including stallion fertility, mare fertility, and neonate health in January, February, and March, respectively. (Click to watch "5 Things You Need to Know: Stallion Fertility" with reproduction specialist Ed Squires, PhD, Dipl. ACT.) So, please, check out these videos and look for a new episode each month in 2013. We’ll cover topics including lameness diagnostics, toxicity, dentistry, and more.

In the meantime, I’d like to turn my interviewing skills around on you. What are the five things we at The Horse need to know about you, the horse owner, and the critters you keep? If you have a moment, please leave your responses in the comment area below.