83 episodes

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.

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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.

    Why Play Is Key for Building “Try” in Your Horse, and How to Do It with Tik Maynard

    Why Play Is Key for Building “Try” in Your Horse, and How to Do It with Tik Maynard

    When you picture adding “play” into your horse’s training, what comes to mind?
    Do you imagine your horse chasing around a large ball or nosing carrots out of a container? Or maybe you see your horse trotting joyfully behind you as you run?
    The fact is, play can look like a lot of different things, but it doesn’t have to be any of the above. Play’s purpose is to teach your horse how to “try”–and in the process, both horse and trainer achieve a cooperative partnership.
    Equestrian Masterclass instructor (and newly minted Road to the Horse Champion!!!) Tik Maynard is a horsemanship and upper-level eventing coach who sees ‘play’ not as a series of exercises, but as a beneficial mindset. In the final episode of Equestrian Voices, Tik and Caroline discuss why play is crucial to horse training and how to incorporate it into daily interactions. They also cover:
    The difference between anxiety and playfulness in horses, and why it’s easy to confuse them.
    Using the social rules of play to ensure both you and your horse are winning the game.
    Bringing play and thoughtfulness into daily activities like leading your horse.
    What play is not–drilling, a chore, or hard work!
    Why it’s important to slow down and take a puzzle-solving approach.
    Rewarding softness and effort during play.

    Adding play into our training can teach us to be better observers, facilitate better communication, and reignite our passion for horses. If you loved this episode, watch for Tik Maynard’s latest Equestrian Masterclass, which launches in May.
    This is our final episode of Equestrian Voices. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being here. 

    • 56 min
    It Doesn't Have to Feel This Stressful: What Your Nervous System Has to Do with Performance, with Natalie Hummel

    It Doesn't Have to Feel This Stressful: What Your Nervous System Has to Do with Performance, with Natalie Hummel

    Why do competitions make our hearts hammer, mouths go dry, and hands tremble? We may never get nervous riding at home, but as soon as we step into that show ring (or clinic, or in front of peers, or riding a difficult horse), it can feel like something primal just takes over.
    As it turns out, that is exactly what’s happening. Competition (whether you’re actually at a show or not) is deeply rooted into our biology and the presence of it can cause our bodies to fight, flight, or freeze. Certainly not the modes we want to be in when we’re trying to remember a course, or relax our tense horses. Thanks, evolution.
    The good news is that our nervous system doesn’t have to hinder us, in fact, it can help us. But it takes some work, and some information. 
    Natalie Hummel is a high performance coach specializing in nervous system regulation. In this episode, she and Caroline discuss how we can improve our results by creating our own sense of safety and expanding our capacities for stress and pressure. They also cover:
     
    The three different nervous system states and why some of them make learning new things biologically impossible.
    How to process uncomfortable emotions like fear, shame, or anger, so you can get back to a performance state.
    Why shame and feelings of “not enoughness” may be holding you back, even if you’re not aware of them.
    Why overworking, perfectionism, and knowledge-seeking, are actually avoidance strategies.
    How to recognize ineffective coaching.
    Thank you to our sponsors, Equestrian Masterclass and Nikovian. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Toplines: Spotting Pain, Dysfunction, and Myths that Need to Be Busted with Ansley Bevan

    Toplines: Spotting Pain, Dysfunction, and Myths that Need to Be Busted with Ansley Bevan

    Muscle tension and underdevelopment are a precursor to injury, making topline development crucial to keeping horses healthy and sound. Elasticity through the back allows horses to move freely, support riders, and meet our performance expectations. So why do so many performance horses have underdeveloped muscles and signs of discomfort?
    Unfortunately, a lack of knowledge, overlooking pain symptoms, and the absence of species-appropriate care keeps many horses in constant tension–but we can change that.
    In this conversation, Caroline is joined by licensed equine bodyworker and educator Ansley Bevan, who shares her knowledge of equine biomechanics and identifying pain to sustain a healthy topline. They cover a wide range of topics and solutions, including: 
    Assessing your horse’s topline by observing them in motion and palpating their muscles.
    Signs of pain you may have missed.
    Why poor saddle fit can cause atrophy and compensatory movement.
    Whether nutrition has a role in topline management.
    What is species-specific care, and why it’s critical for supporting the horse's natural movement and digestive system.
    How to rehabilitate the topline with saddle fit, groundwork, and movement.
    If you love this podcast and want more visual demonstration, Ansley’s course on assessing and rehabilitating the topline will be available on EquestrianMasterclass.com on March 4, 2024.
     

    • 58 min
    Tempo, Pace, and Rhythm: It’s Not Just Semantics. With Hunter/Eq Judge Rob Van Jacobs

    Tempo, Pace, and Rhythm: It’s Not Just Semantics. With Hunter/Eq Judge Rob Van Jacobs

    “More impulsion!” Most of us have heard our coaches cry – usually accompanied by a hearty clap or imitation of riding forward. But what does ‘impulsion’ actually mean to you, your trainer, or the judge scoring you?
     
    By listener request, we’re breaking down riding terms that have mystified riders for years. Caroline is joined by Rob Van Jacobs, a USEF “R” Rated judge for hunters and equitation. As a judge, trainer and rider, Rob interprets the differences between rhythm, tempo, pace, and speed not as semantics but as part of a show ring strategy. 
     
    Understanding these terms can improve your communication as a rider or trainer, and influence your decisions moving forward. For instance, knowing ‘tempo’ can help you select which show rings your horse can thrive in and offer important considerations for buying horses. We’ll also cover:
     
    Why pace is more helpful than speed in the jumper ring
    The difference between natural vs. created impulsion
    What “hacking” actually means and how it relates to recovery and fitness
    How to make a good first and last impression on a judge (yes, judges do notice if you forget to pet your horse!)
     
    Caroline and Rob also dive into some hot topics like whether or not judges need to have equivalent riding experience to the classes they are judging and where we may need to draw the line on draw-reins.
     

    • 1 hr
    It’s 4:30 AM and Your Goals are Calling, with Paralympian Amelia White

    It’s 4:30 AM and Your Goals are Calling, with Paralympian Amelia White

    Amelia White was just 18 years old when she was the victim of a traumatic car accident that changed her entire life. A university student and active eventer, Amelia suddenly found herself out of school, out of the saddle, and in ongoing surgeries. Despite doctors’ best efforts, Amelia was left with a permanent disability that required her to change her goals and aspirations. 
    In this inspiring episode, Amelia sits down with Caroline and reflects on her journey that took her from lying in a hospital bed, to achieving her Master’s, to trotting down the centerline at the Paralympic Games. 
    Amelia’s ambition, sense of humor, and dedication are nothing short of extraordinary, and you won’t want to miss her insights on:
    How focusing on what you can control can help you through traumatic or difficult times.
    Why mental health detriments may come years after an accident.
    Her initial resistance to becoming a para-rider.
    Why Olympic success does not guarantee an easier path.
    How to balance a career with your equestrian ambitions.
    What personal sacrifices it takes to make it to the top.
    Support our show by supporting our sponsors: 


    Nikovian - Luxury apparel for equestrians (use code noellefloyd15 at checkout!)
    Connaway and Associates - Equine Insurance Services
    Equestrian Masterclass - go to equestrianmasterclass.com/voices for $50 off an annual membership!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    How to Change a Spooky Horse into a Thinking Horse, with Josh Nichol

    How to Change a Spooky Horse into a Thinking Horse, with Josh Nichol

    There’s no taking the spook out of a horse. As prey animals, horses will always want to run away first. Combine this fact with modern breeding programs that produce lighter, more responsive horses and many of us may find ourselves riding with a pounding heart and sweaty palms, fearing that inevitable spook.
    But a spooky horse isn’t a problem; it’s the symptom of a problem that starts with your relationship.
    Josh Nichol has helped countless of riders develop healthy partnerships with their horses through his method of Relational Horsemanship™. He joins Caroline for a thought-provoking conversation about how meeting your horse's needs can forge deeper connections, encourage softness, and reduce spooking. They also cover practical and key techniques like:
    Meeting your horses’ self-preservation needs with mind, space and pressure. 
    Encouraging a horse to think with pressure and softness.
    Using mindfulness to manage your reactions to your horse.
    Recognizing where a horse stores tension in their body.
    Understanding the difference between masculine and feminine energy in horse training.
    Why doing own own internal work can strengthen our partnerships
    Support our shoy by supporting our sponsors: 
    Nikovian - Luxury apparel for equestrians (use code noellefloyd15 at checkout!) 
    Connaway and Associates - Equine Insurance Services
    Equestrian Masterclass - go to equestrianmasterclass.com/voices for $50 off an annual membership! 

    • 1 hr 7 min

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