Equestrian Voices dives deep into the emotions, lives, stories, and everything we don't talk about when it comes to life as an equestrian. Join our host, Caroline Culbertson, for vulnerable, different, and sometimes hilarious chats with riders from all backgrounds. We want to get the 'human' out of horse people. Thanks for being here.
All About the Flying Change with Shannon Dueck
Have you ever whispered a silent prayer to the flying change gods to please let this change be clean? Have you ever felt a twinge of temptation to throw your weight to get the change, or pull on the inside rein?
Flying changes don’t have to be dependent on luck (although luck always helps) – but many of us don’t understand the flying change as deeply as we could.
There’s a LOT to know about the flying change and this in-depth dissection will help you understand, train, and execute the change better – whether you’re a dressage rider, jumper rider, eventer, western rider or beyond. International dressage rider and competitor Shannon Dueck is here to take us to the school of flying lead changes.
In this episode, Shannon and host Caroline Culbertson dive into:
How changes differ between the disciplines The prerequisites both the horse and rider must have before starting flying changes How to introduce them What exactly are the horses’ legs doing in a flying change, anyway? A good flying change vs a great one How should it feel? How should you sit? What’s the correct timing of the aid? How to get a change you can RELY on A great canter exercise to build the canter that you need for a good change
Staying Focused on What Matters with Young Horses, w/ Piggy March
What do you need to focus on in those 3- and 4-year old years? How do you cope with the pressure to “not mess up” a young horse? What matters most in the early years for a horse? Top British eventer Piggy March has an FEI record the length of a novel and has had many illustrious wins to her name including Badminton, Burghley, the European Eventing Championships and the World Equestrian Games, to name a few. But she knows that there are millions of moments, steps, and decisions in a horse’s life before their name will ever be painted across a leaderboard, and she’s one of Britain’s most respected producers of young event horses. Today on Equestrian Voices, Piggy joins host Caroline Culbertson to give a peek inside her program and philosophies with young horses. They discuss: Exactly how they go about the initial “breaking in” process at Piggy’s farm Assessing the potential and talent of a 3-year-old (or whether to look the other way until they’re a bit older!) The mindset to have as a rider and trainer of young horses Tack, equipment, and management tips for the young horse What to keep in mind when they go to their first show And much more. You can learn more about Piggy and her training at PiggyMarch.com or go to PiggyMarch.tv for her online learning platform.
Horseperson vs. Businessperson: On Priorities, Chasing Dreams, and the Money Problem w/ Erin Lane and Paige Jardine
Being a successful rider in this sport is an uphill battle — and not just in terms of the skills and time necessary to make your way up the ladder. The ups and downs can be extreme and unpredictable, it’s often “one step forward, two steps back”, and money more often feels like a problem than a solution. And for many ambitious riders like our guests today, there is a palpable tension between “businessperson” and “horseperson”.
Today on #EquestrianVoices, host Caroline Culbertson is joined by Paige Jardine and Erin Lane: two show jumping professionals who are putting in the hard work, making the sacrifices, and navigating conflicting emotions as they chase big dreams. In this conversation, they explore:
- When putting the horse first isn’t always the “easy” thing to do in terms of business
- Grappling with the feelings of “why not me”?
- Staying connected to your purpose, and thinking about your legacy in the sport (regardless of whether you’re a pro, amateur, or recreational rider)
- Why finding your niche as a pro is crucial
- Why riders can struggle to find owners and the problems with relying on other people to own your horses
- The question of whether there’s really enough room at the top of the sport
Buying and Selling Horses Under $40K
What if you don't have $100k to spend on buying a horse? Join the club - there's a whole lot of us!
It's time to give this portion of the horse market some air time.
What's the buying or selling experience like in the, say, $40,000USD and under range? How do we find good quality horses in budget? Where do we look? What's a PPE like in that price range? How are those horses valued?
Today on the podcast I have the lovely Pippa Moon to walk us through this. Pippa has described selling horse under 40k as the “bread and butter” of her business. While she is originally known as a top level eventer having competed up through the (old) CCI4* level, her business now is heavily focused on sales in the hunter/jumper, eq, dressage, and eventing disciplines. Her home base is in Aiken, SC where she sells roughly 30 horses a year, although this year she’s set to far exceed that number.
In addition to the questions above, Pippa and I chat about:
What types of horses and clients she sees searching under 40k Trends in horse prices in each discipline and how they compare to one another How the horse market has changed in the past 3 years in her view Tips for people who are searching for a horse in this price range
The Barefoot Vs. Shod Debate
We’re taking on a spicy topic this week! (But why is this such a heated debate? We’ll get to that, too!) If horses are born without shoes, why do they need them? Are we disrupting their natural gait/growth/biology by putting shoes on them, or are we actually helping them cope with their lifestyle and demands by nailing some steel on their feet?
Rich Affonso is a seasoned farrier and Equestrian Masterclass instructor who has worked for decades on horses of all disciplines, from working ranch horses, to fancy dressage horses, and everything in between. You name it, he’s probably seen it. He’s also done his own research into why barefoot
With host Caroline Culbertson, Rich dives into:
Why do folks like to argue about this topic so much? What is barefoot trimming versus regular trimming? If you’re going to try going barefoot, what do you need to know about the transition? What supplements/hoof topicals are useful? Will we see more unshod horses after Peder Fredericsen’s performance with All In at Tokyo Olympics last summer? What about shod up front, barefoot behind? And more…
Bringing a Scientist's Approach to Your Horse
Are you an expert on your horse? Do you see your peers or even your trainer “winging it” when it comes to structuring rides, or figuring out why that rail fell down, or why your horse seemed tired in today’s ride? We’re learning about ways to use science and data to drastically improve the performance of ourselves and our horses – and it’s exciting.
On this episode of Equestrian Voices, Dr. Tim Worden and Nicole Lakin from the Equine High Performance Sports Group join us to discuss how we can use what we’ve learned in recent decades from human sport, and use it to our benefit in horse sport.
This can sound a little intimidating at first, but there are simple practices to bring a “scientist’s approach” to your horse’s care and training. In fact, you probably use a data-focused approach in your horse’s training and management in small ways without even realizing it.
Along with your host, Caroline Culbertson, Nicole and Tim dive into:
Why and how horse sport is behind in using science and data to improve athlete performance (that is, we mostly think of it to fix problems or injuries that have already happened) Why data and intuition can coexist - because the horseman’s intuition is also a powerful thing! Small, easy ways that you can start to “log data” about your horse and how that can help you Rethinking how we use video to determine where our horses’ weaknesses are (hint: it’s more than just having your friend video your round at a horse show!)
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I have learnt so much about it the horse industry and really would encourage any equestrian to give it a go. Particularly liked the episodes about buying and selling, even though I am in Australia it is still relevant and helpful
Really really great content with interesting and engaging speakers
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Love LOVE! The work you guys are doing!! Thankyou and keep it up.