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.
West Taylor: Wild Horse Trainer
West runs Wild West Mustang Ranch in central Utah and has been a Best Horse Practices Summit presenter twice.
West specializes in work with wild horses and uses what he knows about brain science to optimize the experience for these mustangs, through, essentially, maximizing relaxation, releasing pressure, and – as you will hear – more strategies involving polyvagal theory, something Maddy writes about in her new book, Beasts of Being: Partnerships Unburdened.
Pros & Cons of Virtual Lessons
For this episode, Jec invites Patrick King, the renown clinician and trainer with a very active online presence, but who travels widely, too. They talk about the pros and cons of virtual lessons. It’s pretty cool because Jec actually took a virtual lesson from Patrick and part of their discussion is about how that went.
Horse riders are a bit behind the times when it comes to using technology to optimizing our situations. We can make a paradigm shift from the standard clinic routine?
Dr. Geoff Tucker's No Grain Challenge
For this episode, Jec invites Dr. Geoff Tucker of The Horse's Advocate to chat about equine nutrition. It’s probably our most science-oriented episode yet and it might be challenging for some. I think you will hear that Dr. Tucker’s findings agree with some things Jec and I have aired in other episodes. And what he’s saying echoes also what Dr. Erika Lacher elaborated on in Season One of our show.
Dauphin is a Louisiana horseman who lives about halfway between Houston and New Orleans. He has an engaging website with a depth of information. Most specifically, he’s written a treatise on bits. Actually, it is manifested in video, in his More Than A Bit…’of Information DVD and download. It’s informative, well-researched, and funny. Not often folks manage that trifecta.
As we like to say on the show, we like to feel safe and have fun - rider fear is an impediment to that.
Rider fear might be one small element that’s part of a greater calculus. We hope it’s down there with the paper clips, like tiny bits in the big cluttered drawer that is how we feel about horses. For some folks, though, we know it can be all-consuming.
Larry Whitesell - Gaited Horsemanship
In this episode, Jec interviews Larry Whitesell of Baxter, Tennessee. He’s well-traveled down the dressage road and a well rounded, well educated horseman.
Over and over, Larry reminds us that gaited horses are horses, first and foremost. So relaxation is pretty much the key to making progress with them and their gaiting. Force and pressure are not answers. Nor is speed.
Sure would be nice if folks were “required” to listen to your enjoyable and informative podcast before owning a horse.
Infinitely safer and happier horse and rider.
Thank you for this Podcast!
I love this Pod and enjoy and learn from every episode. Jec’s books have helped so much with a mare I’m currently rehabbing and she’s now traveling sound for 45 minute rides with 15 minutes of trot. The Pod keeps me motivated! I feel more aware than ever in the saddle and around the horse, great feeling.
AND I won a prize from this show recently- love it and thank you!!!!
Well-balanced like a healthy hoof.
This podcast is well-balanced and has good flow. The length of each episode is just right. There is a good balance between new guests and regulars. The respect and fun and interest in making things better in the human/horse relationship is sincere. The music is so enjoyable! Who makes it?