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Heels Down Happy Hour

Heels Down Magazine presents the Heels Down Happy Hour podcast. There's a whole lot of stuff happening in the horse world, and someone's got to keep you up to date. Who’s winning what? What weird rules are you probably going to violate at your next horse show? What does your favorite rider really think about white breeches? Don’t worry, that's what we're here for. Grab a drink. Welcome to Happy Hour.

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Heels Down Happy Hour #41 - How to Ride Through Hardcore Anxiety

We’ve all been there--even Olympians: Those jittery nerves that turn all thoughts into bad ones, right before it’s time to enter the ring. This week, we’ll discuss how to handle hardcore anxiety. Also, equestrians have a bad habit of going against medical advice. Why do we do that, and what are the repercussions? Thanks for tuning in...

1hr 16mins

8 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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59: Eat For Fuel, Not To Be Skinny

Nobody looks good in tight white breeches. I repeat: nobody. This week, we’re talking with a dietician about body image and proper dieting for equestrian athletes. It’s been a while since Facebook cracked down on horse ads, so how are people selling horses? And when is it too cold to hose down your horse? Listen in... Guests and Links Episode 59: Link to Sound File for Sight Impaired:  Host: Justine Griffin, Award Winning Journalist with  Host: Jessica Payne, International Event Rider for Host: Ellie Woznica, horse trainer Photo Credit: Heels Down Media OCTOBERFEST: Justine’s Pick, and Ellie's Pick, Link: Link: Link: Subscribe:  | | Product Review: Link: Natalie Gavi, and Link: Link: Danielle Goldstein, Join our Facebook Group: Search for “" Presenting Sponsor:  Download the  in the iTunes AppStore: or Google Play for Android phones and tablets:. Subscribe for a year and get two months free! Thank you to our sponsors! Episode 59 is presented by: , , and

54mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Heels Down Happy Hour 45 - Be the Best You Can Be

We’ve got a brand new guest for you to meet! This week, we’re discussing our favorite tricks and tips to be show-ready. We’ll discuss why we love Ice Horse boots for cold therapy, and is it bad if cats pee in your hay? Thanks for tuning in...

56mins

5 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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Heels Down Happy Hour 48 Trainers On A Screen & How To Up Your Mental Prep

Would you take a virtual riding lesson? We’re talking to a top dressage trainer who is expanding her training business, thanks to technology and the internet. This week, we’ll dissect the biggest WTF moment at the Kentucky Derby, give Piggy the praise she deserves, and do riders actually get to keep the prize money they win?

52mins

10 May 2019

Rank #4

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Heels Down Happy Hour #20 - Reddit Butts & Riding on a Budget

We can only hope to be 60 one day and still riding, let alone winning like badass Margie Engle. This week, we share our tips on how to be competitive when you don’t have deep pockets, and Jess shares her fitness tips on how to come back strong after a long break. Thanks for tuning in...

58mins

6 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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Heels Down Happy Hour #42 - Weird Horse Girls and the German Riding Instructor

Are you a hunter poofie? That’s what the German Riding Instructor says I am. This week, we’re talking to the Facebook-famous horse trainer himself. Also, McLain Ward is the best in the saddle (but, also as a human); we have a new favorite subscription box; and, we forever rejoice in being “weird horse girls.” Thanks for tuning in...

52mins

22 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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Heels Down Happy Hour #40 - Tacky, Classy or Just Right?

Sometimes "bling" can get a little out of control. When does it cross the line of classy to tacky? We’ll discuss. Also this week, we have a pro super groom on the show, and she’ll share all her secrets. Thanks for tuning in...

53mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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58: Why Are Horse Shows So Flippin' Expensive?

Horse show costs can be daunting, depending on the level you ride at. But are we pricing out some competitors with all these exorbitant fees? This week, we’re sharing stories of the dumbest things we’ve done for horses, and Jess dishes on how handle working in the barn while managing morning sickness. Listen in... Guests and Links Episode 58: Link to Sound File for Sight Impaired:  Host: Justine Griffin, Award Winning Journalist with  Host: Jessica Payne, International Event Rider for Host: Ellie Woznica, horse trainer Photo Credit: Heels Down Media Drink Recipe: Link: Link: Link: Subscribe:  | | Product Review: Link: Link: Join our Facebook Group: Search for “" Presenting Sponsor:  Download the  in the iTunes AppStore: or Google Play for Android phones and tablets:. Subscribe for a year and get two months free! Thank you to our sponsors! Episode 58 is presented by: , , and .

50mins

11 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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61: Haters Gonna Hate and Winter Blues

Having trouble finding the motivation to stay fit in winter? Us too. This week, we’re talking to show jumper Danielle Goldstein on how to ignore cyberbullies and the USEF finally banned DEPO, but what does it all mean? Listen in... Guests and Links Episode 61: Link to Sound File for Sight Impaired:  Host: Justine Griffin, Award Winning Journalist with  Host: Jessica Payne, International Event Rider for Photo Credit: Heels Down Media Drink Recipe: Sugar Cookie Martini (From Courtney in The ) Link: Link: Link: Subscribe:  | | Product Review: Guest: Danielle Goldstein ( / ) Link: Join our Facebook Group: Search for “" Presenting Sponsor:  Download the  in the iTunes AppStore: or Google Play for Android phones and tablets:. Subscribe for a year and get two months free! Thank you to our sponsors! Episode 61 is presented by: , , , and .

52mins

22 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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Three Blondes in a Bar - Heels Down Happy Hour #3

Another week, another controversy. Is patting your horse during competition grounds for elimination? Also – good news for grays, how to improve your eye for a distance with a tree branch, and the stresses of moving with four-legged children. Listen in…

50mins

28 Jul 2017

Rank #10

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Heels Down Happy Hour 52 - Managing Stall Rest Stir Craziness & What Does "Feel" Actually Mean?

Rehabbing a horse out with a long-term injury is crazy enough, but how do you stay sane during this laid up period? This week, we’re discussing what does "feel" actually mean, and is horse poop actually bad for the environment? Thanks for tuning in...

48mins

5 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Heels Down Happy Hour #9 - Talkin' Body

Can you learn to fall off...better? Jess thinks so. Also, have you ever second guessed your weight or the way you look on a horse? And finally, thoughts on riding with a baby on board. Thanks for tuning in…

1hr 3mins

27 Oct 2017

Rank #12

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Heels Down Happy Hour #30 - Riding On Your Period and Dressage for Jumpers

If you’re a woman, then you’ve likely had to tackle tight white breeches & a tampon at the same time. We feel you, girl. This week, we have a special guest who is using dressage techniques to better her show jumping. And breaking news: We’ve got merch! Listen in...

51mins

24 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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Heels Down Happy Hour #44 - Men’s Riding Fashion and Death to the Side Hustle

The struggle is real, apparently, for male riders looking for quality men’s riding clothes. This week, we brought in an expert to dissect the issue properly. Also, we’ll discuss why barn work doesn’t count as exercise, and why the heck everyone we know has a "side hustle." Thanks for tuning in...

47mins

22 Mar 2019

Rank #14

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Heels Down Happy Hour #8 - Charge On!

One host has a gallant past. And who is messing with your horses when you're not looking? This week on Heels Down Happy Hour, what happens when a horse agent is accused of fraud, how to ensure your horses are safe at the show grounds and cool products from RevitaVet.

1hr 15mins

13 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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56: Epic Fails and Why Georgina Bloomberg Loves All Critters

Everybody fails, even the pros. This week, we’re reminiscing on our biggest mess-ups and what we learned from them. Georgina Bloomberg joins us to talk about how she balances horse sport and rescuing animals while living in the Big Apple. And, we ask her all the important questions about her furry friends. Listen in... Guests and Links Episode 56: Link to Sound File for Sight Impaired:  Host: Justine Griffin, Award Winning Journalist with  Host: Jessica Payne, International Event Rider for Host: Ellie Woznica, horse trainer Photo Credit: Heels Down Media Drink Recipe: , from Marlene in the FB group Link: Link: Link: Subscribe:  | Product Review: Join our Facebook Group: Search for “" Presenting Sponsor:  Download the  in the iTunes AppStore: or Google Play for Android phones and tablets:. Subscribe for a year and get two months free! Thank you to our sponsors! Episode 56 is presented by: , and .

55mins

6 Sep 2019

Rank #16

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Heels Down Happy Hour #43 - KonMari Your Equestrian Life & What’s Up In Welly World

Every equestrian has too much stuff. There’s no denying it. But what happens when it all sparks joy? We’ll discuss when is it time to purge and what you should keep. This week, we’ll get a update on all things Wellington, as the winter show season is in full swing, and we’ll talk about something kind of taboo: talking to your horse in the show ring. Thanks for tuning in...

1hr 1min

8 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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Rollkur, Ripped Shirts and Squatty Potties - Heels Down Happy Hour #14

We’re kicking off 2018 with controversy, from rollkur to toilets in Tokyo. In our first episode of the new year, we celebrate the arrival of Payne baby Hudson, revisit our worst horse show nightmares and discuss when is it too cold to ride your horse? Thanks for tuning in…

1hr 21mins

12 Jan 2018

Rank #18

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Heels Down Happy Hour #39 - New Year, Same Me

It’s 2019, and you know what that means - New Year's resolutions. Two special guests will share their tricks and tips on how they stay on track with their goals. A new year also means new rules, and you’ll never guess who beat Mclain and Beezie in one year-end contest. Thanks for tuning in...

1hr 2mins

11 Jan 2019

Rank #19

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Heels Down Happy Hour #29 - Conformational Nightmares and Dysfunctional Barn families

Breyers are the horse gateway drug, am I right? This week, we’re talking about how the barn brings us all together, no matter our age. Also why figure 8 bridles are cool and our favorite tricks for confirmationally-challenged horses. Listen in...

40mins

10 Aug 2018

Rank #20