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Best Horse Practices Podcast

Oct 28, 2020

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...


Oct 19, 2020

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. 


Sep 16, 2020

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...


Episode 5: Coaches' Corner with Amy Skinner

Sep 16, 2020

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...


Sep 9, 2020

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.