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Whoa Podcast About Horses Horsemanship

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Clinton Anderson Rebroadcast

Clinton Anderson of Downunder Horsemanship Rebroadcast I began following Clinton Anderson and Downunder Horsemanship before he titled his program the Method.  It was 2005, I was 51 and was helping my wife get through a tough time with her horse.  I had never owned a horse of my own, but the techniques I learned through the DVD programs gave me the confidence to get my first horse.  Truth be told, I owned a stick and string, halter, and Gaining Respect and Control on the Ground, before I even began looking for my first horse. Because I'm a bit on the frugal side, I volunteered for and work at three Walkabout Tours.  One of them was the first Tour-cation event in Las Vegas.  After the last of the work was completed on Sunday night, I couldn't sleep and went down to the casino at the South Point.  Clinton came in later with a few friends at sat down to play Blackjack.  Moving quickly to his table, I had the best time losing $60 as Clinton kept the dealer, other players, and even the pit boss smiling.  (Well, I don't believe pit bosses are allowed to smile.) Later, I would document my progress with my American Quarter Horse, Jessie on our YouTube Channel and generate over a half a million views! Celebrating Our 100th Episode The Whoa Podcast was originally titled the DUH Podcast as an homage to Downunder Horsemanship.  We later changed the name because people thought we were affiliated with the company.  We are NOT!  When we were approaching our 100th episode I contacted Downunder Horsemanship and invited Clinton to be on the show. As we wind up the 5th year of the podcast, we rerun one of my most exciting moments in this podcast experience. Merry Christmas and here's to an exciting 2018! Links for Clinton Anderson and Downunder Horsemanship Downunder Horsemanship Downunder Horsemanship TV No Worries Club Clinton Anderson Academy Facebook - Downunder Horsemanship Twitter - Downunder Horsemanship YouTube - Downunder Horsemanship Get Free Helpful Horse Tips There is a "Join Our Email" list at the top of this page.  Sign up.  Occasionally, I'll send you something useful you can use to build a better relationship with your horse. Thanks! Contact Us We have well over 100 episodes up now and you can find them all for free on iTunes, with our Android App in the Amazon store, and now Stitcher, or wherever podcasts are distributed.  Get the Stitcher app and tell us how it works.  We are on Google Play too!  You can also find every episode and more about the show at whoapodcast.com.  Please take a moment and join our email list. Get in on the conversation with Facebook and Twitter and Instagram- just look for WhoaPodcast. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  You can email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #132 Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

47mins

26 Dec 2017

Rank #1

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Relationship Based Horsemanship Mary Ann Brewer

Relationship Based Horsemanship Mary Ann Brewer The phrase that best describes Mary Ann Brewer's philosophy with her horses is "Relationship Based Horsemanship".  She founded her company, In the Company of Horses, to integrate equine-assisted therapy and learning to help people with a variety of problems.  She works with corporations and she works with people struggling with the loss of a loved one or people dealing with drug and alcohol problems. Mary Ann developed her philosophy of relationship based horsemanship because she feels people need to be honest to the horse.  She tells people, "Your outside needs to match your inside".  Sometimes, she says, people have the belief that they must dominate their horse, even if they don't have a dominate personality.  According to relationship based horsemanship, it's okay to be who you really are.  And, Mary Ann tells us the horses really respond to this honesty.    Check Out Relationship Based Horsemanship with Mary Ann Brewer Her company has several programs.  visit InTheCompanyofHorses.com At MaryAnnBrewer.com you'll find Mary Ann's horsemanship and mentoring programs.  To talk to her directly, call (609) 330-2444 or email her at Maryann@maryannbrewer.com Join Us on this Journey We want you to be a part of the show.  Tell us about your horse.  Share your challenges, triumphs, or just everyday items that make horse ownership unique.  Create an audio file using the memo app on your phone.  Or, contact me and we'll set up a time to talk by Skype or phone.  Perhaps what you have to share can help someone in THEIR horse journey. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  Email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #149 Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

20mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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Buckaroo Bill Mooney

Bill Mooney cowboyed on the some of the biggest ranches in the Great Basin.  He began at the Circle A, then was a buckaroo for the Spanish Ranch as he worked for Bill Kane, the notable cow boss for the Spanish Ranch.  He learned the ropes and worked the ranches in the 70's.  Bill Mooney has cowboy stories to tell.  You can find him on Facebook here: Bill Mooney. Check out some of his stories and you will be hooked.  Now in his 60's, Bill still cowboys for local ranches.  I was surprised to learn he still helps out at branding.  While it's a little tougher flanking a cow, it sounds like Bill takes his turn at the groundwork. It's my hope Bill Mooney will share more of his stories on the podcast.  It's great hearing them for the guy who has lived them.  We hope you enjoy this episode of the Whoa Podcast.  We'd love to hear your thoughts. Best Horse Practices Summit Ranae and I are headed to Durango in October for the Best Horse Practices Summit.  This intimate horse expo brings together experts from all aspects of horse behavior and is sure to add to our horse knowledge.  The BHP Summit is limiting attendance to 200 people ensuring everyone gets the focus and attention they need.  We are looking to take away valuable horsemanship tools from the Summit and hope to meet you there.  You can register here.   Tell Us Your Problems Have a problem with your horse?  Do you have a favorite trainer you would like to hear from?  Send us your question and the name of your favorite trainer and we'll see if we can contact them and get you an answer.  Email John@whoapodcast.com or call on our message line (661) 368-5530 (toll charges may apply).

44mins

26 Sep 2017

Rank #3

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Jonathan Field Horsemanship Revisits

Jonathan Field Horsemanship Revisits I first interviewed Jonathan Field over four years ago.  Earlier this year I had heard he performed a TEDex talk in San Juan.  It was one of those deals where you tell yourself, "I've got to listen to that sometime."  Time kept getting away from me and I put it off a couple of times.  Finally, I had some extra time and did a Google search and found it.  It was an inspiring talk,  You can listen to it here:  Jonathan Field Finding Your Sweet Spot in Life. Jonathan Fields holds clinics all across the country and just released his 2020 schedule.  There are five different levels of Jonathan's courses and I wanted to learn about the difference between.  Through this conversation, we learn what's important about Jonathan Field Horsemanship.  He talks about philosophy and provides insight on what he focuses on during the camps and clinics. Of course, it wouldn't be a conversation with a trainer if I didn't ask for some free advice.  Jonathan gives us some exercises we can do with our horses over the colder months to build our relationship with our horses.  It's very simple.  If it's too cold to get out and work their body, you can always work their mind.  Jonathan offers some simple ways to accomplish this.  And, talking about free stuff, Jonathan Field has a program he calls 31 in 13.  If you sign up for this free program, you get 31 free videos over 13 months.  They are 3-4 minute videos that talk about different training bits,  It's a great way to build your horsemanship skills. Join Us on this Journey We want you to be a part of the show.  Tell us about your horse.  Share your challenges, triumphs, or just everyday items that make horse ownership unique.  Create an audio file using the memo app on your phone.  Or, contact me and we'll set up a time to talk by Skype or phone.  Perhaps what you have to share can help someone in THEIR horse journey. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  Email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #160 Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

26mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Cowboy Dressage Clinic with Dave Ellis

Cowboy Dressage Clinic with Dave Ellis Cowboy Dressage, Western Dressage, and Working Equitation are all just a little bit different.  Their goals are very similar:  have your horse negotiate a course using basic horsemanship maneuvers.  The scoring is based on your smoothness and accuracy in cueing your horse. We had an opportunity to experience an "Introductory Cowboy Dressage" Clinic at a local stable here in Bakersfield, Rancho Rio Equestrian Center.  The instructor is a 6-Star Certified Parelli instructor by the name of Dave Ellis.  The clinic was limited to 10 horse and rider teams and Ranae and I had the opportunity to audit the clinic.  We got to watch as Dave Ellis described the maneuvers then help the participants negotiate the course. In between sessions, we had an opportunity to chat with Dave and get the history of Cowboy Dressage and its founder, Eitan Beth-Halachmy. Links for Cowboy Dressage Cowboy Dressage World website Contact Us We have well over 100 episodes up now and you can find them all for free on iTunes, with our Android App in the Amazon store, and now Stitcher, or wherever podcasts are distributed.  Get the Stitcher app and tell us how it works.  We are on Google Play too!  You can also find every episode and more about the show at whoapodcast.com.  Please take a moment and join our email list. Get in on the conversation with Facebook and Twitter and Instagram- just look for WhoaPodcast. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  You can email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #134 Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

17mins

13 Feb 2018

Rank #5

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Coming Back To Horses

Coming Back To Horses  Women are coming back to horses after raising a family.  There is a lot of life left after your children leave the nest.  Many people use these "Golden Years" to follow their dreams of once again owning a horse. Long-time listener Susan Hoskins raised eight children.  As they gradually left home to lead their own lives, Susan saw the writing on the wall.  She would need something to fill the void - both of time and passion - that her family left behind.  Coming back to horses is a dream come true. Challenges But, things are always easier the second time around.  Mother Nature imposes some physical restrictions on the second half century of life.  While it was not always easy, Susan overcame many of those challenges.  She shares her tips on this episode. Susan's Suggestions if You're Coming Back to Horses  Susan sent me a great email with many of the items we talked about on the show.  She added this note:  "I am not associated with these companies / organizations, except that I have purchased some of them."     ~ Booma Rein  - https://boomarein.com/ I use this and am weaning off of it.   The owner of this little business started it because she witnessed or knew of a rider that died from an accident involving a horse at high speed that dropped the reins while barrel racing.     ~ Horse Holster -https://thehorseholster.com/ NOW I wear my phone on my person!   ha ha   I can still hear my trainer laughing about this with that “told ya” tone about her!   UGH     ~ Landsafe -https://landsafeequestrian.com/ This company sells safety equipment.   They also travel around doing clinics on “How to Fall”.   They teach you using a horse simulator with giant, thick mats.  This equips you to fall in a way that potentially minimizes injury.   Also builds confidence from fear of falling.   With  practice you develop muscle memory.   ~ Pre twisted / swivel stirrups are a great idea for those with knee-replacement.   Or just knee problems.   ~ Cushioned saddles can encourage more time in the saddle.   Join Us on this Journey I'm not the best community builder.  I will need your help for that.  I'm not the best at conversation. Let's change it up together.  I hope you will join me. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  You can email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #143 Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

23mins

21 May 2019

Rank #6

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Safety on the Trail - Learning the Ropes

Safety on the Trail - Learning the Ropes It's a bit of a shame that we even have to talk about safety on the trail.  Once upon a time, it was you and your horse.  If you did a good job with your horse, you were safe.  Nowadays, there are outside factors.  Besides the usual dogs, as the open areas get gobbled up with developments, it forces many of us to ride in more urban areas.  That puts us into contact with more people who don't know or care about horses.  As homelessness increases, we encounter tents and encampments.  People come out begging for money.  Or as we ride along the river, they are along the bank bathing or doing dishes.  The site of someone splashing around in the water unsettles many horses. Thinking About Safety on the Trail I've found that a little preparation goes along way from preventing disaster.  Having a few basic tools at your fingertips can solve many problems.  Pepper Spray is a powerful deterrent for unwanted advances from both people and dogs.  Carrying a $2 whistle helps you alert others nearby that you may need help.  Ensure that your cell phone is on your person and NOT in a saddlebag in case you get unseated from your horse.  And, there are many more "little" things you can do to improve your safety on the trail. Local Boarding Stable Gets Proactive Our local boarding stable, Rancho Rio Equestrian Center,  is being proactive about safety on the trail.  They've hired trainer Elmo Sheeran.  Elmo is a retired Sheriff Deputy who has trained many mounted police forces.  Teaching civilian rider is quite different.  The main difference, according to Elmo, is civilians need training in moving away from danger.  Law enforcement moves carefully toward danger.  Elmo will teach a class on Safety on the Trail at the equestrian center later this year. Join Us on this Journey We want you to be a part of the show.  Tell us about your horse.  Share your challenges, triumphs, or just everyday items that make horse ownership unique.  Create an audio file using the memo app on your phone.  Or, contact me and we'll set up a time to talk by Skype or phone.  Perhaps what you have to share can help someone in THEIR horse journey. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  Email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #154 Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

14mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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Comanche the Horse of Little Big Horn

Comanche the Horse of Little Big Horn Janet Barrett wrote a fascinating book about Comanche, the sole surviving horse of the Battle of Little Big Horn,  The story begins with Captain Myles Keogh an Irish immigrant who was a soldier for hire.   After riding for the Pope in Italy, he came to America to fight in the Civil War.  After much research, Janet pieced together the life of Captain Keogh and the story of how he gained Comanche.   Titled, Comanche and his Captain, The Warhorse and the Soldier of Fortune, the book is available on Amazon. You may remember Janet from a previous podcast about They Called Her Reckless, the story of a Korean Warhorse.  A dedicated author, Janet tells the story of Comanche after delving into volumes of research, stories, and anecdotes about the Battle of Little Bighorn.  Because the only survivors were Indians, the details of the actual battle are often difficult to determine.  That's not to disparage Indian storytellers, only to say that the details they relayed were heard weeks after the actual battle, then passed on through newspaper editors who were trying to sell papers.   But, Janet cuts through all that and lays out a wonderful story of a Mustang horse named Comanche. Links Heard in the Comanche Show Comanche and his Captain, The Warhorse and the Soldier of Fortune They Called Her Reckless Total Saddle Fit, Shoulder Relief Cinch Janet Barrett email Join Us on this Journey We want you to be a part of the show.  Tell us about your horse.  Share your challenges, triumphs, or just everyday items that make horse ownership unique.  Create an audio file using the memo app on your phone.  Or, contact me and we'll set up a time to talk by Skype or phone.  Perhaps what you have to share can help someone in THEIR horse journey. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  Email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #158 Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

28mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Let's Talk Horse Vaccinations

Let's Talk Horse Vaccinations What vaccinations do you give your horse?  How often do you give them?  What happens if your horse has a reaction to one of his vaccinations?  These are questions I put to our listeners. As part of the dialogue we, got to hear from people in many parts of the United States.  Some folks prefer giving their horses the 5 and 6-way combination shots.  Some people spread the vaccinations over two weeks, lessening the chance or strain of a reaction. A Source of Good Information about Vaccinations However you add it up, your horse needs help from some nasty diseases out there.  There is a lot of good information on the website of The American Association of Equine Practitioners.  While there is no standard protocol for a vaccination schedule that fits every horse, the Association recommends a set of core vaccinations for most horses.  Eastern/Western Equine Encephalomyelitis, Rabies, Tetanus, and West Nile Virus fall into this core category. Then there are the Risk-based vaccines.   Use these vaccines if your horse has a risk to exposure (not all horses do).  These include rabies, equine influenza, leptospirosis, strangles  and a few others.  Check out the information on their website to see which shots work best for your horses. Join Us on this Journey We want you to be a part of the show.  Tell us about your horse.  Share your challenges, triumphs, or just everyday items that make horse ownership unique.  Create an audio file using the memo app on your phone.  Or, contact me and we'll set up a time to talk by Skype or phone.  Perhaps what you have to share can help someone in THEIR horse journey. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  Email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #146 Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

11mins

11 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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Leg Up Your Horse with Sam Finden

Leg Up Your Horse with Sam Finden Recently I asked listeners how they get their horse in condition, or legged up, after a winter's layoff.  It's been a long, cold, and wet winter in much of the country.  Here in California, we had snow in the nearby mountains and, as I write this, it's Memorial Day weekend.  We have only used our horses a few times in the last several months.  With peak riding time around the corner, it's time to get your horse "legged up". Sam Finden lives in Townsend, Montana working, riding horses, and writing novels.  I asked listeners how they get their horse in condition, or legged up, after a winter's layoff.  An avid hunter, Sam uses his horses to ride and pack in on his hunting trips.  He starts with short trips at the beginning of the season.  Sam works his horses up to peak condition for rifle season in the fall.   Sam Finden's Advice to Legging Up Your Horse Keep it a positive experience.  Your horse would rather sleep in instead of work. Start with groundwork 15-20 minutes to get their bodies and mind back thinking about you. After groundwork use short rides at the walk and trot to help both horse and rider get in shape. Pay attention to your tack.  Your horse's weight and body condition may have changed over the winter.  Make sure your tack is in good conditions and still fits properly. Check Out Sam's Books We've invited Sam  on the show twice before.  He knows how to tell a story.  After he published his first novel, Saddle My Good Horse, we talked about Sam's journey to Montana.  We caught up to Sam a few years later and talked about his horses and his writing.  You can see more of Sam's work at Samfinden.com Join Us on this Journey I'm not the best community builder.  I need your help for that.  I'm not the best at conversation. Let's change it up together.  I hope you will join me. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  Email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #145 Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

22mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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Wreck at Trout Creek The Story of Skeeter and Bill

Wreck at Trout Creek The Story of Skeeter and Bill The Wreck at Trout Creek with Skeeter and Bill by Bill Mooney. Bill Mooney buckaroo'd on the Spanish Ranch for 4 years, I believe, in the 1970's.  The Spanish Ranch, part of the Ellison, was a big outfit, running to a million and a half acres.  Being a buckaroo can be tough work.  You ride many different horses and there is a wide variety of work to do.  Most days are spent horseback.  As a matter of fact, Bill once wrote that he mounted a horse 320 days one year.  To learn more about Bill's career as a cowboy, listen to our first podcast with him. As with many cowboys, there is a favorite horse, or a favorite story, or even a favorite boss.  Bill Mooney had all these and a whole lot more.  In the episode of Tales from the Moon Man (My nickname for this series - I just made it up right now.  Pretty quick aren't I?), Bill tells the story of the Wreck at Trout Creek with Skeeter and Bill. Long-time listeners will notice I've added a little music for dramatic effect.  It would be great to have your input on how you feel it adds or detracts from the story. If you enjoyed this story and want to read more from Bill Mooney, follow him on Facebook.  I guarantee it's a good read. Tell Us Your Problems Have a problem with your horse?  Do you have a favorite trainer you would like to hear from?  Send us your question and the name of your favorite trainer and we'll see if we can contact them and get you an answer.  Email John@whoapodcast.com or call on our message line (661) 368-5530 (toll charges may apply).

51mins

28 Nov 2017

Rank #11

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Learning from Simple Horsemanship

Learning From the Basics Recently I attended a Working Ranch Cattle Clinic and before we began on the cattle, we went over learning basic maneuvers.  It surprised me how much I learned reviewing these very basic exercises.  While working on the simple things like small circles, yielding hind and forequarters, and backing up, I notice a lot more details.  How much pressure was I using?  Was I making contact in the same place for every cue?  did my horse have a "good" side and a "bad" side. Yes, I know it sounds simple,  Sometimes you have to work at the basics to get better at feel and timing.  When we worked the cattle, we had a much better experience.   My horse was more responsive, and it was easier to put him exactly where he needed to be. Join Us on this Journey We want you to be a part of the show.  Tell us about your horse.  Share your challenges, triumphs, or just everyday items that make horse ownership unique.  Create an audio file using the memo app on your phone.  Or, contact me and we'll set up a time to talk by Skype or phone.  Perhaps what you have to share can help someone in THEIR horse journey. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  Email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #156 Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

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1 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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TJ Clibborn Horseman, Trainer

TJ Clibborn Horseman, All-Around Trainer, Mustang Makeover Competitor I received an email from listener Mercedes Tucker who told me how much TJ Clibborn helped her with her mustang Bud.  She said he was a good guy, knew his stuff, and thought he would make a great guest. She was right. TJ Clibborn has been working with horses for 40 years.  He lives in Wisconsin and operating his business called A True Partnership.  In 2009, he teamed up with the Mustang Heritage Foundation and since then has competed in 15 Extreme Mustang Makeover training challenges. He has trained 13 top ten finalists, one reserve champion and one grand champion. He has also trained champions in disciplines of jumping, cutting and western pleasure. I caught up with TJ right after he finished with his horses on a snowy morning at his ranch in Deerfield.  Sometimes you can get a feel for a trainer by how easy and comfortable they are to talk to. TJ is one of those people generous with both his time and his knowledge. We cover a Wide Variety of Topics With four decades of experience, TJ Clibborn, can talk on any horse topic.  We cover the Jeffrey Method, a style of horse training from Australia.  TJ saw Kel Jeffrey gentle a horse when he was a boy and knew he wanted to train horses. Most trainers will tell you they learn the most from their most difficult horses.  So, I asked TJ about his.  He went on at length describing the horse, his problems and things he would do different.  Then, we talk about trail trials and  training.  Lastly, TJ offers a bit of advice for our listeners. Links For TJ Clibborn TJ's Facebook Page A True Partnership Website Check out the Shoulder Relief Cinch     Join Us on this Journey We want you to be a part of the show.  Tell us about your horse.  Share your challenges, triumphs, or just everyday items that make horse ownership unique.  Create an audio file using the memo app on your phone.  Or, contact me and we'll set up a time to talk by Skype or phone.  Perhaps what you have to share can help someone in THEIR horse journey. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  Email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #163 Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

30mins

4 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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Show Your Horse - Advice from Kim Kelly

Show Your Horse - Advice from Kim Kelly Whoa Podcast listeners are great!  I asked you to share your experiences and you come through again and again.  A few weeks back, I got an email from listener Kim Kelly.  Kim had always wanted to enter a horse show, but fear and insecurity held her back.  She kept chipping away at her goal, however, taking little steps and this year entered her first horse show.  It was a challenge she overcame, and she has some tips for those with similar aspirations. Tips from Kim Find the right horse.  Kim worked with the horse she had.  The stress of training and conditioning revealed the horse had a navicular problem.  In her search for another horse, Kim enlisted the help of her trainer.  Together they found the right horse for Kim to take to her first horse show. Get yourself in shape.  Training takes physical effort from both horse and rider.  By her own admission, Kim was 30 lbs. overweight.  Over the winter to prepare for the show season, she shed those 30 lbs. making it easier for both her and her horse. Go to a horse show.  Before she competed, Kim went to two horse shows.  She got the feel of the show arena, watched the competitors, and felt the energy generated at a horse show. Know the rules.  Kim read the rules for the classes she was competing in.  This prevented her from making "silly" mistakes such as petting your horse during the competition.  There are basic patterns she would see in the show pen and, by reading the rules, she could practice those patterns. Give yourself plenty of time to fill out paperwork. Face it.  We all hate to fill out paperwork.  But, it has to be done to enter a horse show.  Kim suggests getting your paperwork and membership applications in early.  There is nothing like the panic of not knowing whether you are qualified to compete. Ranch Horse Associations To learn more about Ranch Horse Shows check out: American Ranch Horse Association To hear about our experience with Working Equitation Working Equitation Training Join Us on this Journey We want you to be a part of the show.  Tell us about your horse.  Share your challenges, triumphs, or just everyday items that make horse ownership unique.  Create an audio file using the memo app on your phone.  Or, contact me and we'll set up a time to talk by Skype or phone.  Perhaps what you have to share can help someone in THEIR horse journey. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  Email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #147 Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

28mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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Tom Moates Equestrian Journalist Author Horseman

Tom Moates Equestrian Journalist Author Horseman Tom Moates is an equestrian journalist.  You may have read one of his articles in Eclectic Horseman, The AQHA Journal, Ranch & Reata, or Western Horseman magazine.  If you have, you may have noticed his special insight into the trials and tribulations of a beginning horseman.  It's because Tom Moates came late in life to horses.  His journey is very similar to mine.  Tom writes frankly about his challenges, wrecks, and the learning curve we all must endure if we choose to coexist with our equine partners. Luckily for Tom Moates, he came across trainer Harry Whitney.  That name was unfamiliar to me, but then I'm new to the horse world too.  Tom credits Harry's teaching with really improving his horsemanship.  So much so, that Tom has written several books based on the notes and journals he kept while attending Harry's clinics. Tom's 5-book series, Journey into Honest Horsemanship, includes his most popular title A Horse's Thoughts.  The series covers what Tom has learned over the years of working and writing about horses. Links to Tom Moates Heard on This Show Tom Moates Website Tom Moates Facebook Tell Us Your Problems Have a problem with your horse?  Do you have a favorite trainer you would like to hear from?  Send us your question and the name of your favorite trainer and we'll see if we can contact them and get you an answer.  Email John@whoapodcast.com or call on our message line (661) 368-5530 (toll charges may apply).

55mins

3 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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The Masterson Method with Will Friday

The Masterson Method with Will Friday Will Friday is a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner.  I ran across Will Friday at the Skills of the Rancho this summer.  The Skills celebrates the tradition of the Californio Bridlehorse.  I was walking around the stables when I saw this man doing what looked like a cross between chiropractic and massage on a horse in the breezeway.  I stood and watched for a while and found the procedure fascinating.  As Will skillfully tugged, pulled, and laid his fingers on the horse, I could see the horse relax.  In our short conversation that day, Will said he was trying to let the horse release tension and soreness in his body using the Masterson Method. The Masterson Method, developed by horseman Jim Masterson, is a systematic way of releasing tension and soreness in horses.  The procedure can last between 1 and 2 hours as the practitioner places fingers along the horse's body looking for areas of tension and soreness. I contacted Will at his company Performance Equine BodyWork.  He invited me to a Parelli clinic that was being hosted by one of his clients at the 3L Ranch.  Owners of the ranch, Maurice Thibault and Susan Nelson, invited me to come up and observe the clinic and watch Will work on some of their clinic horses.  Both Maurice and Susan are 4-Star Parelli Professionals. Here are the links from the show: Performance Equine Bodywork Facebook The Masterson Method Website 3L Ranch Parelli Professionals Join Us on this Journey We want you to be a part of the show.  Tell us about your horse.  Share your challenges, triumphs, or just everyday items that make horse ownership unique.  Create an audio file using the memo app on your phone.  Or, contact me and we'll set up a time to talk by Skype or phone.  Perhaps what you have to share can help someone in THEIR horse journey. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  Email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #157

26mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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Krystal Kelly ~ Horsewomen Adventuress

Krystal Kelly ~ Horsewomen Adventuress Krystal Kelly emailed us to tell us she was the only FEI Level II Show Jumping Coach in the US.  We thought that sounded impressive and wanted to learn more.  We wrote her back and the more we talked the more we discovered the exciting life Krystal Kelly was living.  Horses are definitely a large part of her life, but she also loves to travel. Krystal is living in England these days, but she travels to the US often to give clinics and speak on empowering women.  We talked about many things.  She knows about horses and the Mawari horses.  Krystal tells her story of the Mongol Derby she rode in.  Isn't it amazing how many times the Mongol Derby and riding in Mongolia has come up in the show this year? We love the aspect of adventure horses can bring to your life.  It's worked for Ranae and I, even in riding the trails of the Kern River.  Krystal has traveled all over Asia, and the world for that matter, using her love of horses as her ticket to meeting people who share her passion. Krystal Kelly has a travel company where she can share her travel experiences with other women.  It's called KrysKolumbusTravel and she has yoga experiences and adventure experiences all over the world.  And, if you want to learn more about her exciting life, check out her blog Krystal-Kelly.com Tell Us Your Problems Have a problem with your horse?  Do you have a favorite trainer you would like to hear from?  Send us your question and the name of your favorite trainer and we'll see if we can contact them and get you an answer.  Email John@whoapodcast.com or call on our message line (661) 368-5530 (toll charges may apply).

49mins

31 Oct 2017

Rank #17

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Self-Defense For Trail Riders

Self-Defense For Trail Riders Sadly, the world we ride in is changing.  We need to take precautions to be safe when we ride.  It's called self-defense for a reason.  It's up to us to take responsibility.  Dogs, pedestrians, automobiles, or people with problems can be a menace on the trail.  Do you know how to handle a troubling situation? Many years ago at an equine expo I saw a program by Scott Hanson about safety on the trail.  A 90-minute session on what to do if someone tried to attack you while you were horseback.  At the time I didn't think there was much chance of that.  Then, a couple of years ago we encountered someone who released their dog on us.  It came from completely out of the blue.  He released his dog in our direction, then rode his bicycle in the opposite direction.  Ranae and I had practiced some of the principles we learned from the class.  I had pepper spray.  Ranae knew to get in head-to-tail tight to me and my horse, Jessie.  I sprayed the dog in the face.  He turned and ran after his owner.  Had we not prepared, who knows what could have happened? Be Prepared! When I saw a flyer for another Self-Defense for Trail Rider class scheduled at our local Rancho Rio Stables, I wanted to cover the event.  Elmo Sheeran, the instructor, trains many mounted law enforcement officers on how to protect themselves and their horses in police situations.  Elmo offers some great advice.  If you ride on the trail, get yourself a $12 can of pepper spray and a $2 whistle.   Believe it or not, these two simple, inexpensive items take care of most situations you come across.  But, don't just put them in your cantle bag and forget them.  Take them out and practice once in a while.  A little preparation goes a long way. Check out the Self-Defense for Trail Riders video on YouTube I produce a short video of the event for my YouTube Channel.  You can see it HERE Contact Us We have well over 200 episodes up now and you can find them all for free on iTunes, with our Android App in the Amazon store, and now Stitcher, or wherever podcasts are distributed.  Get the Stitcher app and tell us how it works.  We are on Google Play too!  You can also find every episode and more about the show at whoapodcast.com.  Please take a moment and join our email list. Get in on the conversation with Facebook and Twitter and Instagram- just look for WhoaPodcast. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  You can email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #138 Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

30mins

13 Nov 2018

Rank #18

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Magen Warlick Horsewoman EXCA Champion

Magen Warlick Horsewoman EXCA Champion I first learned of Magen Warlick when I was a member of Clinton Anderson's Downunder Horsemanship No Worries Club (NWC).  Clinton has an Academy that trains horsemen and women in his Downunder Horsemanship Method.  It's a tough deal and only a few make it to the end.  Magen was one of those few.  After nearly 10 years as an NWC member, I dropped out and lost track of many of the Downunder folks. Earlier this year, if you've been following along the podcast, Ranae and I participated in several California Extreme Cowboy Race Events.  We met a lot of nice folks and a few we competed with made it to the National Finals in Texas.  As we followed along with that event online, we noticed Magen Warlick's name in the Futurity and Professional Division.  It was a grueling week of competition and Magen came out on top. Because of our interest in EXCA I wanted to have Magen Warlick on the show to talk about her experience.  I also wanted to know if she could give us a few tips on how to better compete with our horses.  She came through on both counts. Links to Magen Warlick Magen Warlick Horsemanship on Facebook Magen Warlick Website Tell Us Your Problems Have a problem with your horse?  Do you have a favorite trainer you would like to hear from?  Send us your question and the name of your favorite trainer and we'll see if we can contact them and get you an answer.  Email John@whoapodcast.com or call on our message line (661) 368-5530 (toll charges may apply).

37mins

5 Dec 2017

Rank #19

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Horse Show Preparation

Horse Show Preparation What does it take to prepare for a horse show?  We're not sure.  We're amateurs at this.  But, what we can tell you is how we prepared for our horse show. Ranae and I work together.  We each have our strengths.  Ranae is better at seeing my mistakes while riding.  She helps me with posture, where my hands are, and keeps me looking good while in the saddle.  I'm good at helping her with the cues she gives Dusty.  If she is clear and decisive with him, he works much better for her.  We have an agreement that whatever we say to each other while practicing stays out on the trail. Some people are great at horse shows.  They read the rule book, talk to the judges, check their scorecard after every appearance.  I wish sometimes I were more like that.  Reading the rulebook is like reading a software license - it makes my hair hurt.  Judges intimidate me.  And, I always forget to go back and check my scorecard. Horse Shows Are A Good way to Meet Friends But, going to horse shows is a good way to meet friends and share good places to take our horses that don't require filling out a horse show entry.  Are you a horse show person?  Do you like to compete?  If you have any tips or tricks, share them on the show.  I bet there are people out there that would love to hear your story. Join Us on this Journey We want you to be a part of the show.  Tell us about your horse.  Share your challenges, triumphs, or just everyday items that make horse ownership unique.  Create an audio file using the memo app on your phone.  Or, contact me and we'll set up a time to talk by Skype or phone.  Perhaps what you have to share can help someone in THEIR horse journey. You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  Email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com Thanks for listening, John & Ranae Episode #153 Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

15mins

20 Aug 2019

Rank #20