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Best Horse Practices Podcast

Dec 21, 2020

In the episode, Jec and Amy Skinner meet in the Coaches' Corner to discuss the nuances of mounting. It's simple. Sure. But a challenging-to-mount horse might mean backing up to make sure you have all the pieces in place for a safe, fun ride. 

Plus, Maddy Butcher discusses the brain science behind novelty and why novelty...

Dec 13, 2020

In our latest podcast, Jec Ballou interviews Dr. Stacie Boswell and her new book,The Ultimate Guide for Horses in Need, published by Horse & Rider Books.

Ballou and Boswell discusses the many ways horses can become "unwanted" and some solutions for keeping horses thriving for more years.

Also in the episode, Maddy...

Dec 5, 2020

Maddy Butcher and Jec Ballou meet for the ongoing segment called On the Fence, in which the two discuss horse-related musings. In this episode, Butcher and Ballou chat about experts and open-mindedness and how to keep things fresh if you're a learner or a teacher. Or both. 

Also, a listener question on conditioning with...

Nov 24, 2020

Do you do work out of the saddle? 

In this scintillating conversation, clinician Patrick King and Jec discuss elements of in-hand or ground work. One (in-hand) is more specific to English disciplines. The other (ground work) is better known for Western riders. 

Whether you are novice or experienced, we think you will...

Nov 12, 2020

Jec Ballou interviews Best Horse Practices Summit colleague Katrin Silva for a Coaches' Corner talk about "riding on the forehand." Riders often have misconceptions about what this means and how their horses should look and feel. Silva and Ballou clarify things in this fun and enlightening conversation. 

Also, we have...