The podcast is an enlightened place for riders and horse owners of all disciplines to learn best practices and discover ways to connect better and make progress with their horses.
We interview people who are actively engaged in improving the lives of horses and their owners through best practices, be it directly through riding or through products, research, education, policy, or facility management.
Episode 9: Patrick King
Do you do work out of the saddle?
In this scintillating conversation, clinician Patrick King and Jec discuss elements of in-hand or ground work. One (in-hand) is more specific to English disciplines. The other (ground work) is better known for Western riders.
Whether you are novice or experienced, we think you will get a ton of insight from their chat.
Episode 8: Katrin Silva
Jec Ballou interviews Best Horse Practices Summit colleague Katrin Silva for a Coaches' Corner talk about "riding on the forehand." Riders often have misconceptions about what this means and how their horses should look and feel. Silva and Ballou clarify things in this fun and enlightening conversation.
Best Horse Practices, Episode 7
In our 7th episode, Jec interviews saddle fitting expert Kristen Vlietstra. The California-based saddler works with horses and riders of all disciplines.
In this conversation, the two discuss simple ways to assess good saddle fit and some common concerns among riders.
We also welcome Horse & Rider books as a new segment sponsor.
Episode 6: Rider Fitness
In our sixth episode, Jec Ballou interviews Michael Lingenfelter, a personal trainer who specializes in working with horse riders, especially, he says, older dressage riders.
Mobility, Stability, and Strength are the most important elements of riding fitness, Jec and Michael agree.
Episode 5: Coaches' Corner with Amy Skinner
In this episode, Jec establishes a recurring feature called the Coaches' Corner in which she interviews fellow trainers and teachers to talk about elements of their work. Here, she interviews Amy Skinner from Rougemont, North Carolina.
Amy has studied with scores of well-known horsemen and women. She has presented at the Best Horse Practices Summit twice and has a wonderful book out: To Catch a Horse: Finding the Heart of Your Horsemanship.
Episode 4: Jec Ballou and Maddy Butcher
In this half-hour conversation, Jec and Maddy talk about their backgrounds and philosophies as well as what went into their books, 55 Corrective Exercises and Horse Head, respectively.
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Good honest interviews
I know the horse world is flooded with podcasts right now, but I like this one because the interviewers are motivated by a desire only for truth, and for the horses welfare. It’s not selling you anything - just giving knowledge.