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Ashlyn Dyer and Cady her Blind Horse
Hi everyone, it’s wonderful to be back in your ears again. A huge Happy New year to you all, may this new decade bring joy and love and abundance to us all.
First I’d like to say thank you to our Patreon subscribers. As it’s a new year I want to shout out to all of you. So a big thank you to Amanda Phillips, Amy Lopez, Belinda Daws, Elisa Mansfield, Kathryn O’Bree, Liz Ehrich, Peter Papp, Rachel Beddingfield and Signe of Horses. You all mean the world to me and I am so grateful that you are on this ride with me literally.
Please remember our small business patrons. Belinda Daws is an incredible Connection Training Coach who is calm, confident and incredibly skilled, Belinda can help you with training your horse just like she has helped me with mine. I can highly recommend her beautiful coaching work.
A huge shout out to our other small business patron Peter Papp from Peter and the Herd. Peter has just had to evacuate his beautiful herd due to bushfires where he is living. His community came together to help out and it was so beautiful to watch as they all worked to get his horses to safety well before the fires got close.
Peter does with equine behaviour and trauma recovery. Equine communication. Human and horse relationship building. I had a reading myself with Peter and I found him to be completely spot on with his insights. It’s a great way to support him through these bushfires and trying times is to support his business. You can find the links to both Belinda and Peter in the show notes.
You may remember from the last episode my life is in a bit of turmoil at the moment. At the end of last year I separated from my partner and Oliver and I are staying with my sister down in the Riverina in NSW for now until we can get some finances together to get back to Qld and start a new life. I’ve learned an enormous amount in the last few months about other people not behaving in the way you do. I thought we could separate and have an adult conversation and divide assets and work to both thrive and move on through a difficult time. I was very very wrong.
Even though I am going through a steep learning curve, Oliver and I are very safe, safe from harm and safe from the fires raging in Australia at the moment. We drove about 1500km from Qld down to the Riverina along the coast and I saw the devastation from the fires first hand. The fires had crossed highways and burned so much land, it was black for about 30km with small patches of green where they had worked so hard and saved houses in the middle of these catastrophic fires.
We were nowhere near the fires as we travelled but the smoke was everywhere. There were no days travelling when I did not wake to be reminded of the destruction happening to people, animals and especially the native animals that were unable to flee.
In Australia now people have just got into action to help horse owners get the supplies they so desperately need. If you are in Australia please check with your local Vet, produce store or Horseland, these are a few who are taking donations for horse people and shipping them to those in need.
I have also set up a gofundme page for Horse Owners Affected by Australian Bushfires. I will put the link in the show notes. https://www.gofundme.com/f/horse-owners-affected-by-australian-bushfires?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
Know that every dollar you give will go directly to horse owners in need. As we reach our goal of $5,000 I will get the funds to where it is needed and it will be completely transparent. Then we can set about raising our next $5,000 and so on until we have done all that we can for horse owners who have been through this devastation. I would be donating profits of my own business to the cause but I’ve had to shut the business down as I’m so far away and unable to run it at this time. So if you have been to the site and wondering why everything says out of stock, it’s simply that I am not able to function it at this time. But know that I will be back, and this is going to be an amazing year for us all. A new year, a new decade, although things are difficult for so many, I still feel that we will come together and make it amazing.
In all that has happened so far this year to me and those in the bush fires here in Australia. I wanted to start this years podcast with a truly inspirational story.
Now I know that, like me, your blood may very well boil at how this horse went blind. However, what I have learned in the past few months of what I have been through personally is that you can’t live your life looking backwards into the past and expecting change, anger at the past gets you absolutely nowhere. It keeps you locked into the past and unable to see into and manifest the future that your heart truly desires. So take a few deep breaths through that part then allow your heart and mind to be opened by the amazing story of Ashlyn Dyer and her beautiful horse Wintara Cadence or as she calls her Cady. Cady is a blind horse who Ashlyn now takes out to dressage shows. It is such a beautiful and inspirational story and I hope you get as much out of this story as I did.
Link to Ashlyn's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Wintara-Cadence-Cady-1537936826339698/
Belinda Daws’ website is journeyequine.com and you can find her on all the usual social Facebook, Instagram and twitter.
|Jan 05, 2020|
Caroline Ingraham Zoopharmacognosy
Hi everyone, it’s so great to be back in your ears again. I have to tell you that I have been going through, and still am going through, one of the most difficult times of my life right now. I can’t say too much publicly but I will put a video up under the paywall of Patreon so those who are subscribers can know what is going on. So if I’m a bit all over the place with getting a podcast up, please hang in there with me. It’s not deliberate, just know I’m doing the best that I can right now.
I’d love to tell you about one of our wonderful patrons Peter Papp, Peter is a small business patron who gets his business promoted on every podcast and on my social media pages. Peter’s business is Peter and the Herd. He works with equine behaviour and trauma recovery. Equine communication. Human and horse relationship building. Peter was kind enough to do a reading or communication session with my mare Gypsy, it was fantastic, he told me things that only I could understand and how Gypsy would like more fun in her life but she understands, so even when Peter had no idea what I was going through, he as able to give me a beautiful message from my girl that she does know what I’m going through and at the other side can we have some fun please? Peter was also able to speak to me about her pain and where it was happening, a few weeks later I had an osteo look over Gypsy and she confirmed what Peter said. So I can personally highly recommend Peter and his work. You can find Peter through his Facebook page Peter and the herd or his Instagram by the same name.
Our other small business patron is Belinda Daws from Journey Equine. Belinda is based on the Gold Coast and can travel to surrounding areas. Belinda is a Connection Training Coach who is calm, gentle and a very knowledgeable trainer, so much so that she is my trainer for me and my girls. To connect with Belinda get in touch with Belinda, I did and she is now mine and my horses coach. Belinda’s website is journeyequine.com and you can find her on all the usual social Facebook, Instagram and twitter.
If you would like to become a patron of this podcast and help bring it back to weekly episodes then please head on over to patreon.com/comealongfortheridepodcast this is where you can subscribe, for as little as $5 a month and help me get production costs covered to be able to bring you more content, more regularly. $5 a month isn’t much to you, but it means the world to me. I’d love for you to consider it it’s at patreon.com/comealongfortheridepodcast
In this episode I speak with Caroline Ingraham who does something completely amazing it’s called zoopharmacognosy, so what is that? Caroline will explain it much more eloquently than me but for now let me just say that it is something that is in the dna of all animals, domestic or otherwise and it is the ability for them to heal themselves through offering them plant extracts that would contain the same or similar constituents to those found in an animals natural environment.
This kind of work amazes me as this is how I believe we can make a huge difference in the lives of our horses, we just need to know how. This is a conversation not only about horses but also about a baby elephant Caroline was flown from the UK to help, and the way she helped was beautiful and the elephant made a full recovery.
So grab a cuppa enjoy the drive to your horses or wherever you are going or whatever you are doing and enjoy the amazing Caroline Ingraham
To connect with Caroline please follow the links below
shop remedies www.carolineingraham.com/botanics
|Dec 08, 2019|
Hannah Weston and Rachel Beddingfield Connection Training Book Release
Would you like to support this podcast? I'd love you to consider becoming a Patreon member and subscriber. Just $5 a month can make a huge difference and will bring the podcast back to regular weekly episodes.
We have 2 small business patrons who I'd love you to check out.
Peter Papp from Peter and the Herd
Also remember to check out Belinda Daws from Journey Equine at her
You can sign up to be a patron at www.patreon.com/comealongfortheridepodcast
You can also see the amazing rage of products I have available for sale on my website at www.edenriverequestrian.com
In this special episode I speak with Hannah and Rachel about their new book Connection Training The Heart and Science for Positive Reinforcement Training.
This book is not simply another horse book. This is, I believe, a text book that is essential reading for all horse owners, even the ones who do not believe in positive reinforcement. A lot of you may believe in affirmative training, but not the use of treats, that’s ok, there is still so much for you to learn from this book. And if you still use negative reinforcement, then you really need to listen to this podcast and then get to amazon and purchase the book.
This has the science behind how horses learn. It speaks about calming signals. Rachel spent time presenting with Rachel Draisma on Calming Signals, she has spent many years researching the best possible way to train horses, and her daughter Hanna has spent the time taking the research to the horses and putting it into practice and making it fun for both horses and humans.
The book is full of pictures and practical things you can take to your horses right now. It’s not the kind of book you read and put down and wonder what to do next. It has step by step guides and plenty of video resources and also a club you can join at the end if you feel you need more support.
Let’s get into this interview, it’s not surprisingly, a long one. I read this book and had a lot of questions, but I also wanted to give you a good feel for what you are getting in this book and why it’s a must read.
To buy the book go to www.amazon.com
You can connect with Rachel and Hannah here
|Nov 03, 2019|
Antoinette Foster HiForm Australia
Thanks to our new Patrons this month. Amanda Phillips, Liz Ehrich and Peter Papp, you guys rock!
Peter Papp can be found through his handle Peter and the Herd on
Also remember to check out Belinda Daws from Journey Equine at her
You can sign up to be a patron at www.patreon.com/comealongfortheridepodcast
You can also see the amazing rage of products I have available for sale on my website at www.edenriverequestrian.com
In this episode I speak with Antoinette Foster from HiForm Australia. Antoinette is an equine nutritional therapist, medical herbalist, and also does nutritional therapy genetics as well as so many other things.
In this interview we speak of why nutrition is so important for your horse and also for you and me. Antoinette busts some myths about Lucerne and fermented hay as well as gives us some really great foundations to understand when choosing feed for our horses.
Antoinette and I could have talked for days on so many topics such is her wealth of knowledge, if there is something specific you’d like her to cover, please let me know and I’ll definitely record it for you for a future episode.
You can connect with Antoinette and her amazing team at their
|Oct 31, 2019|
Monty Gwynne Equispeak
It’s so great to be able to be back in your ears and bringing you a new episode!
Before we do that though, it’s time to give a shout out to our amazing and fantastic Patrons who are an integral part of the Come Along for the Ride Family.
A massive thank you to Amy Lopez and Belinda Daws.
Now Belinda is someone that I need to tell you more about. She has signed on as a patron for the shout out and link. Belinda is a certified connection training coach, she has trained with Hannah Western, Rachel Bedingfield and Shawna Karrasch. Her business is called Journey Equine, Positive Horse Training and Coaching.
Belinda has come into the Come Along for the Ride family at just the perfect time. It was at the very same time that I was looking for a coach. Belinda lives on the Gold Coast so she is close enough to be able to travel to me. Belinda also works with clients online so she can support you wherever you are in the world.
We have had our first coaching session and I found Belinda to be calm, and able to see the tiny nuances that you need to be able to get clicker training right. She worked beautifully with me and my horses. I loved that she did not want to rush through training and push the horses or me, we did a little and then left it right at the perfect spot. If she had an ego she would have wanted to go a little bit further, and that folks, is where the problems happen in training, in my opinion.
So, not only do I recommend Belinda as she is a Patreon subscriber to the podcast, I personally recommend her.
You can find Belinda at www.journeyequine.com.
If you would like to become a subscriber to the podcast and help us get back to weekly episodes to be able to bring you more amazing content on a more regular basis, then please head on over to Patreon and subscribe www.patreon.com/comealongfortheride . For less than 2 cups of coffee a month, you can make a huge difference to this podcast and the horses we work hard to make a positive change to the lives of every day.
Did you know I am looking for a business partner? If you are looking to join a business venture that makes the world a better place for horses and literally leaves the earth a better place than we found it, then please get in touch.
In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Monty Gwynne from EquiSpeak. Monty teaches classical dressage through positive reinforcement, so she is a trainer after my own heart. The best way to introduce her is to read directly from her website, this is a quote from her home page.
This quote is by Nuno Oliveira from 1961
"I believe that there are two categories of equestrians, those who, while skilled, use the horse as a tool, and those who love him and allow him to express the brilliance of which he is capable.
The former are not less expert than the latter. During dressage tests they may even triumph although never taking the risk of making a mistake when the opportunity to yield with the hand occurs and lightness presents itself. The latter always risk being the damned poets of this art. They are misunderstood by the masses of riders who cannot distinguish between the means used by the former or those of the latter.
Only the latter enjoy the true pleasure of feeling how a creature cooperates without constraint, as a friend."
It’s a bit special and a beautiful way to introduce the wonderful Monty Gwynne.
To connect with Monty you can do so through these links
To connect more with our community here at Come Along for the Ride Podcast please follow one fo the links below
|Oct 02, 2019|
I'm Back from My Break!
Well, I’m back from my break!
It’s so great to be back in your ears, it feels amazing to have the headphones on again chatting to and connecting with you all once again.
In this episode I want to let you know 4 things, so don’t stop early, wait until I get to the end or you may miss out on something important!
Here are the links for the information in the podcast
Please consider joining as a subscription member of the podcast. This will ensure that the podcast becomes, and stays, weekly once again. Check out the tier system, you get something at every level and believe me, every cent counts!
Eden River Equestrian - www.edenriverequestrian.com the home of the podcast and where you can purchase some ethical, sustainable and organic goods for you and your horse.
Anna Blake Tour - https://www.facebook.com/events/477436262818750/ Come and join us in Laceys Creek where we are hosting the amazing Anna Blake. She is conducting a ridden and in hand Calming Signals Clinic. It's going to be amazing. there are plenty of accommodation options for anyone interested.
Business Partner - That's right, I'm looking for one! If you are interested in opening a conversation, if you are serious about becoming my business partner, then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to join like-minded people in a Facebook Group? The pop on over to the Eden River Equestrian Facebook Group where you can chat about anything you like that you have seen or been wondering about.
Join us on
|Sep 09, 2019|
It's Time for a Short Break
This is a quick message to let you know that the podcast will be taking a short break. Due to health reasons and a need to stop and restore my own health and also spend more time with my horses. The podcast will be taking a break from now until July.
This is a time for me to catch up with all my listeners in may ways. To spend the time working with my own horses who have not had the time due to my work schedule. To catch up with human people instead of working through the internet each day for connection. All of these things will go toward restoring my health and making me ready for the next phase of Eden River Equestrian.
All online purchases will be filled during this time so feel free to browse my site any time.
Thank you for your patience on this one. I know that you will all understand.
Much love to you all and I'll be back on the podcast airwaves in July.
|May 21, 2019|
Peggy Hogan Clicker Training Horses
Today’s episode is brought to you by Eden River Equestrian, Australia’s fresh and new sustainable horse brand. We stock Borstiq brushes, hand-made in Sweden from sustainable hardwood and natural bristles. Go to edenriverequestrian.com to check them out.
In this episode I speak with Peggy Hogan from Clicker Training Horses. Peggy has been around for a long time in the world of positive reinforcement and she has something amazing to teach us. As with so many trainers of this style she is open and willing to teach so much as she has seen positive reinforcement transform the horse human relationship time and time again.
Peggy speaks with passion and a wonderful energy and has such an incredible wealth of knowledge. You are going to love her story.
Grab a cuppa or enjoy the drive while listening to the wonderful Peggy Hogan.
Here is a link to the video Peggy talks about with her mini responding to his recall https://youtu.be/Um4QZYaJH94
To connect with Peggy follow the links below or go to my website to read more.
Website - www.clickertraininghorses.com,
Website 2 - www.thebestwhisperisaclick.com,
Facebook Group - www.facebook.com/clickertraininghorses
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/clickertraininghorses/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/PeggyHogan
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/Peggasus09
|May 14, 2019|
Shawna Karrasch Terranova Training Center
In this episode I speak with Shawna Karrasch from the Terranova Training Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I know I say this a lot, but you really are going to love this one!
Shawna has an energy and zest for life that is infectious. She also shares with us the story of how she was one of first people in the world to use positive reinforcement training with horses. And of course she got to start right at the top with international show jumpers! She also got offered to spend time with Tom Dorrance, one of the creators of the natural horsemanship movement. She could literally have changed his world and the natural horsemanship movement, but I’ll let her tell you that story herself.
It would be easy to think that Shawna might have a bit of ego at play with all of her years of extraordinary experience, but of course, she is true to this training movement and like all of the other trainers I have interviewed, she is great because of her lack of ego. She is on a mission, just as I am, to change the face of horsemanship the world over so this is yet another conversation of kindred spirits building the energy and education to bring consciousness to the horse world.
|May 07, 2019|
Eden River Equestrian Launch
Today is the Day! I am so grateful to be able to bring you my new business Eden River Equestrian
Have a listen to why I created this brand and how it is going to make the world a better place for horses.
I'm so looking forward to creating this new vision for our community. And also to meet you all in person one day at one of our properties!
|Apr 30, 2019|
E-BARQ Launch with Kate Fenner
The Equine Behaviour Assessment and Research Questionnaire (E-BARQ)
The Horse Behaviour Revolution - A gift to the horse.
Today is the launch of E-BARQ. This is a worldwide collection of horse behaviour data.
This episode is a chat with Kate Fenner who is heading up the research.
We talk about why this study is so important and how this can help horse owners and horse training the world over.
Please take the time to sign up for E-BARQ today. Be the change you want to see in the horse world!
You can also follow E-BARQ on Facebook
|Apr 27, 2019|
Emily Morgan-Brown Elsam Equestrian Solutions
This week’s episode is brought to you by Eden River Equestrian. Soon to be Australia’s, and then eventually maybe even the world’s leading sustainable horse brand. I can tell you I am racing to meet you at the starting line for this launch. I’m so excited to bring this to the world and share it with you all.
In this episode I speak with Emily from Elsam Equestrian Solutions. Emily has Cedric who is a horse riding simulator. What does a mechanical horse have in common with being a conscious horse person? Well let me tell you this is an amazing tool to take the pressure off you and your horse when it comes to riding. If you have something that you would like to check for sure about your riding, or to gain more confidence, or just improve your balance and specifics in your riding then a horse riding simulator can definitely help. It does not replace your riding coach, it compliments and support the work you are already doing with your coach.
Emily is here in Queensland but you can find these all over the world.
Have a listen to how this incredible machine can assist and support us in our riding. And in the background, the whinnying horse is Cedric!
To connect with Emily you can go to her website https://elsamequestriansolutions.com/
|Apr 23, 2019|
Rachaël Draaisma Language Signs and Calming Signals in Horses
This episode is brought to you by Eden River Equestrian, soon to be Australia’s leading sustainable horse brand. In just 2 weeks’ time on the 1st May I will be launching phase 2 of my dream. To bring consciousness on every level to the horse world through organic and sustainable products, information and community.
Eden River Equestrian will be the new home for this podcast so stay tuned for the new website and social media handles that we will transition to in May, hopefully smoothly!
In today’s episode I speak with Rachaël Draaisma. Rachaël is the incredible woman who brought us the book on Language Signs and Calming Signals for Horses. Today she tells her story of her teachers and mentors and how she came to write the book. We find out how she went about researching for her book and how long it took her to find what she was hoping for.
Rachaël also has some new and very interesting research and training that she is undertaking with horses and scent tracking. It’s incredible to hear what she has been able to do so far.
Grab a cuppa and enjoy every minute of hearing from the woman who has inspired so many of the trainers I have interviewed so far on this podcast.
To connect with Rachaël you can do so in the links below.
|Apr 16, 2019|
Paul McGreevy Professor of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare
In this episode I speak with Paul McGreevy Professor of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science. If you’ve ever had a difficult conversation with traditional horse people and you’ve wondered how your training methods and beliefs can be backed up by science, then listeners, this is the podcast for you!
Paul has spent 23 years scientifically researching horse behaviour and welfare in both the UK and Australia. He has published 250 peer reviewed papers as well as books on equine and dog behaviour and he is the co-founder and honorary fellow of the International Society for Equitation Science.
He also talks in this interview of his 8 weeks trek on horseback from Victoria to Canberra. So he is not a desk bound scientist, he is a real horseman who has a passion for equitation science and debunking myths that are out there around some methods of training.
I believe it’s important for us as conscious horse people to keep up to date with this kind of science so we can have real conversations with people who think we are all a bit woo woo in our methods. Paul tell me where and how we can access this information and also how we can be a part of the new study they are doing where they are collecting data from all over the world that will help revolutionise horse training the world over.
To connect with Paul you can follow the link below
Here are links to some of the research papers we spoke about in the interview
Food reward and pressure and release
Cath Evans work with shape of head in dogs
Donkey v horse brain
Paul's equine behaviour book
ISES, conference links on position statement
Here are some other research papers of Paul's that you might like to read
McGreevy, P, Boakes, R. (2019) The shocking use of ‘jiggers’ in horse racing. The Conversation. 15th February 2019. https://theconversation.com/the-shocking-use-of-jiggers-in-horse-racing-111176
McGreevy, P., Henshall, C. (2018) Dressing up for Melbourne Cup Day, from a racehorse point of view.
The Conversation November 4, 2018 https://theconversation.com/dressing-up-for-melbourne-cup-day-from-a-racehorse-point-of-view-104771
McGreevy, P.D., Franklin, S. (2018) Over 20% of Australian horses race with their tongues tied to their lower jaw. The Conversation. 9th July 2018. https://theconversation.com/over-20-of-australian-horses-race-with-their-tongues-tied-to-their-lower-jaw-99584
McGreevy, P.D., Fawcett, A. (2018) Poll says most people support a ban on whips in Australian horse racing. The Conversation. February 22, 2018. https://theconversation.com/poll-says-most-people-support-a-ban-on-whips-in-australian-horse-racing-91917
McGreevy, P.D., McManus, P. (2017) Why horse-racing in Australia needs a social licence to operate.
The Conversation. November 3, 2017. https://theconversation.com/why-horse-racing-in-australia-needs-a-social-licence-to-operate-79492
McManus, P., McGreevy, P.D. (2017) When the pressure is on, some riders breach the whip rules in horse racing. The Conversation. January 17, 2017. https://theconversation.com/when-the-pressure-is-on-some-riders-breach-the-whip-rules-in-horse-racing-71157
McGreevy, P.D. (2016) Why nosebands should be loosened on dressage horses at the Olympics. The Conversation. May 10, 2016. https://theconversation.com/why-nosebands-should-be-loosened-on-dressage-horses-at-the-olympics-56370
McGreevy, P.D. (2015) How to feed a racehorse and keep him healthy. The Conversation. November 3, 2015. https://theconversation.com/how-to-feed-a-racehorse-and-keep-him-healthy-49595
McGreevy, P.D. (2014) Whips hurt horses – if my leg’s anything to go by. The Conversation. October 29, 2014. https://theconversation.com/whips-hurt-horses-if-my-legs-anything-to-go-by-33470
|Apr 09, 2019|
Sarah Schlote EQUUSOMA
Todays’ episode, I am so excited to tell you, is brought to you by Eden River Equestrian. This, I can now tell you, is the name of my new company that I have been creating for a very long time. Eden River Equestrian is a brand of horse and rider gear, where all the edible and topical products are made from natural organic and ethical ingredients. And the horse gear, is made from recycled, organic or compostable materials. Eden River Equestrian will also be where you will find this podcast and it will also be the hub of creating a community of gentle and ethical, thus conscious horse people.
Eden River Equestrian will officially launch on Wednesday May 1st. That’s 4 weeks from now.
In this episode I speak with Sarah Schlote. Sarah works in the field of Trauma and Somatic Experience with both those who work in the field of Equine Assisted Therapy, and also horse owners, where she can teach more about trauma, what it is and give you the tools to notice it and find your way through for both you and your horse.
In the last episode I spoke with Anna Collis who works to release trauma from horses herself, in this episode, Sarah and I go deeper into what trauma is and how it can be released from the body using different methods and how you can become a real expert on your horse and their nervous system to assist you in building a deeper connection to your horse through understanding their nervous system needs.
I love that there are so many people working with trauma now and that it’s not some big scary word that sends us all into a spin, it happens and when we continue to talk openly about it, we can find ways through it for both ourselves and our horses.
So sit back, feel the love and support of this community around you, and enjoy the amazing Sarah Schlote.
To connect with Sarah follow any of the links below
|Apr 02, 2019|
Anna Collis Harmony for Horses
In this episode I speak with Anna Collis from harmony for Horses. Anna can be called a body worker, but she also supports the release of trauma and locked emotions from you and your horse through a type of therapy called “The Emotion Code”.
By now you will all know why body work is so important, Anna and I speak in this episode about the types of very real traumas that most horses in the world have. Some of them may very well surprise you? And some of them may not!
It’s a great conversation to help you think a lot more from the horse’s perspective on many things to do with emotions and trauma as well as body work. We talk about how trauma gets trapped in the horse’s body, and how Anna is able to release it, with the horse’s permission of course. I hope you find this one interesting, I know I did.
To connect with Anna please follow the links below
|Mar 26, 2019|
Hannah Weston and Rachel Bedingfield Connection Training
In this episode I speak with Hannah Weston and Rachel Bedingfield who created Connection Training. They are a mother and daughter team who have both learned so much of their craft from the one horse, Toby.
Connection Training is a Holistic look at horsemanship which I love so much, and I know you guys love it too. The knowledge between these two amazing women is profound.
If you’ve ever wondered why positive reinforcement training is so important to the horses, and their brain, then this is the podcast for you.
To connect with Hannah and Rachel follow the links below
|Mar 19, 2019|
Tara Davis The Unbridled Goddess
In this episode I speak with Tara Davis from Unbridles Goddess. And apart from having the best business name I’ve heard of yet, it’s a bit amazing isn’t it? She also has a beautiful story to go with it. It has illness, recovery, a ranch that allowed her to experience horses in a different way and that one horse who changed her life and training methods forever.
Tara is a beautiful story teller and I loved hearing all about her journey to conscious horsemanship. I know that you will too.
To connect with Tara you can follow the links below
|Mar 12, 2019|
Farah DeJohnette Whole Horsemanship
In this episode I speak with Farah DeJohnette. Farah runs a horse property in North Brookfield Massachusetts where she teaches people about Holistic or Whole Horsemanship, where it takes a village to keep your horse happy and healthy and everyone is as important as the next including nutrition, dental, body work and training methods.
Farah is doing an amazing job educating people on all aspects of keeping your horse happy and healthy, but the most important thing we must all begin with, is listening to your horse.
I recorded this at 5am my time so if you are wearing headphones you may hear the Kookaburras waking up and the butcher birds making their morning song, you may even hear my dog snoring in there somewhere.
This is a long one, so I won’t take up too much of your time on the intro, I’ll let you settle in and enjoy the ride.
To connect with Farah please use the following links.
Facebook-Farah DeJohnette Horsemanship
|Mar 05, 2019|
Dr Audrey DeClue, Healing Stringhalt and Shivers in Horses
In this episode I speak with Dr Audrey DeClue from DeClue Equine LLC.
You are about to hear from someone who is literally revolutionising the horse world and how they treat Shivers and Stringhalt in horses. Audrey sees herself as an ordinary person who is changing the world for horses. You can see why I love this episode so much and I’m sure you will too.
The most important thing that stands out to me about Audrey is not all of her incredible education of which there is years of with incredible breadth in both western and eastern medicines, but it’s that fact that she has treated thousands of professional sport horses and do you know how many she has been unable to help? One, just one, and that one breaks her heart.
Audrey is revolutionising the horse world, but she also needs our help, have a listen to see how you too might be able to support her on her mission.
|Feb 26, 2019|
Jayne Roberts Equijay
In this episode I speak with Jayne Roberts from Equijay. Jane is here to bring the feminine back to the horse world. What does that mean exactly? Well you will hear more about it in the interview but let me just say, that you know all the trainers who I have interviewed who are going deeper into giving the horses a voice and a choice and working as a collaboration instead of a dominance power play model of horsemanship? Well, that’s what Jane is here to teach as well, and it’s in her own unique and deep style.
Jane’s knowledge of nutrition is extraordinary and her level of consciousness around the horses emotional state, and their nervous system and their ability to absorb nutrients, well it’s ground breaking.
I’m so excited to speak to someone like Jayne and have her tell her story for you. Her 3 pillars plus her embodiment of the feminine plus her deep love for horses will hopefully help and support you to make the changes you possibly always thought about, or maybe never considered for your horse. Either way, the world is a better place for you opening up to what Jayne has to say.
To connect with Jayne you can do so through her
Website (this is under construction right now)
|Feb 19, 2019|
Hannah Pikkat It's Crunch Time!
In this episode I speak with Hannah Pikkat from It’s Crunch Time. Hannah is 20 years old and is a serious influencer in the world of social media as you will hear her speak about in the interview.
The amazing part about Hannah is the message she spreads to the world of hundreds of thousands of followers. It is one of kindness, positive reinforcement training, and building a long and lasting partnership with your horse in order to do great things together. I believe the word inspirational is used a little too often these days, but I can assure you that Hannah is the perfect person to be inspiring the next generation of horse people.
Wisdom usually comes from age and experience and I’m not sure Hannah really understands the positive impact she is having on the world. However, Hannah is still a very wise young woman and one to take note of for the future. I for one will delight in watching her grow and see what more she goes on to do to make a positive difference to the horse world.
To connect with Hannah you can find her at her
|Feb 12, 2019|
In this episode I speak with Alexa Linton. Alexa is what this podcast is all about, she is herself bringing consciousness to the horse world through all of her skills which include animal communication, equine sports therapy, kinesiology, BodyTalker, Author and teacher. But most of all, she is a student of the animals she loves.
Hear how her life with animals and working with horses has come about, hear the depth of how far she goes with animals and humans and also hear about the courses she has put together that are incredibly comprehensive and something you may want to look further into.
We are so lucky here on this podcast to have such a high calibre of interviews each week. It excites me to no end to think of all of you working with any one of these people to take your life with your horse more conscious and deep.
For now, sit back, enjoy the ride and everything that the incredible Alexa Linton has to offer.
To connect with Alexa, you can find her on her
|Feb 05, 2019|
Cathy Mahon Life Lessons with Horses
In this episode I speak with Cathy Mahon from Life Lesson with Horses. Cathy has a wonderful story of her life so far and how her many years in teaching have brought her to horses and assisting and supporting people in life lessons as a coach, using her herd to help people find their way in life and so much more.
Cathy has an incredible list of skills in her toolbox, one of my favourites is the Centred Riding created by Sally Swift. She has also done some Alexander Technique, liberty horsemanship, dressage and women’s empowerment. She has attended more horsemanship clinics than I could possibly mention.
Now Cathy uses all of her skill that she has acquired through her years of learning and education, to her passion, which is, being a teacher and allowing you to live the life of your dreams.
To connect with Cathy you can go to her
|Jan 29, 2019|
Jini Patel Listen to Your Horse
In this episode I speak with Jini Patel and boy oh boy she is next level of consciousness in my opinion. As you heard in the snippet, she waits until all the things that we do with horses, are the horses idea!
I know that when someone is talking, and I start to fidget and feel uncomfortable, that my buttons are getting pushed to a place I have been resisting to go. This happened during this interview. Jini pushed my buttons by the end of this podcast, and I mean that in the best way possible. The depth she has gone to with her horses made me so uncomfortable, simply because, I’m not ready to go there, yet! I will get there, I’m just not there yet. There is so much surrender that is needed so I’ll be taking it one step at a time.
This is a long one, as you have probably come to expect from this podcast by now. So grab a cuppa or a glass of wine, enjoy the ride and immerse and challenge yourself in what the amazing Jini has to say.
To connect with Jini you can go to her
|Jan 22, 2019|
Kate Neligan Conscious Rockstar
In this episode I speak with Kate Neligan from Conscious Rockstar. Kate’s story is fascinating. She works with people and horses as a coach for humans to bring about their real self and to live the best life that they can.
You’ll hear how horses have taught Kate so much and how she is now able to now support others in the lessons her horses taught her. Kate is a beautiful woman who is connected to all things ethereal and is deep. She is also a very clear communicator and owns every part of herself and lets herself shine. She really does embody her business name Conscious Rockstar.
Oh and please keep listening after I say thank you to Kate as I go on to ask her another question about world domination by horses so keep on listening to the end so you can hear our thoughts!
You can find Kate's links here
|Jan 15, 2019|
Adele Shaw The Willing Equine
In this episode I speak with Adele Shaw from The Willing Equine. Adele is a horse trainer who works in a completely holistic way with horses. She teaches her clients that a horse needs a good environment, a good diet, a body that feels good and a human that is aware of their body language before even getting to how to train a horse. All this before even getting into the saddle. Ahhh imagine if all horses were afforded the same respect?
This is an interesting conversation with a refreshing and skilled horsewoman. In every podcast I learn a lot for my own training and how to go about things and this is yet another moment where I am given information to be able to take my horses and to the next level. I really how it does the same for you.
|Jan 08, 2019|
Welcome to 2019
Just a quick drop in to let you know where I was for the last part of 2018 and how I brought in the New Year with insights, totems and a very large Wombat!
A bit about who you can expect to hear from in the coming weeks and more about my intention for 2019.
And a big thanks for Coming Along for the Ride with me and hoping that 2019 is going to be bigger and better than ever as we strive to bring consciousness to the horse world.
|Jan 08, 2019|
Dr Anne Bondi Saddle Research Trust
In this episode I speak with Dr Anne Bondi, not only has she set up the saddle research trust but she also has had a really interesting life and career with horses. And in this episode we cover it all. If you’ve ever wondered about saddle fitting and what the research is and how far we have come and why it is so hard to find scientific proof of some things we may feel intuitively, then Anne may very well answer that for you today.
Anne’s trust is working hard to have a voice for horses and she also strongly believes we should not blame the rider all the time when the saddle moves or we have an unbalanced horse. Nor should we blame the saddle when things don’t go right. They want to educate people of the intimate relationship of the horse the rider and the saddle and how to figure out what the problem really is. They are working to help people collaborate to bring the best information possible to each other in the research field so that we as horse owners and riders as well as obvious professionals in the field, can get the best evidence based information.
And as it is on this podcast, it’s a nice long one so enjoy the ride.
To connect with Anne you can go to her website. Remember to sign up to the newsletter to get the latest information coming out of the trust.
|Jan 01, 2019|
Thank you for an amazing 2018!
It's a quick one where I drop in to say thank you and read you some awesome things that people have sent to me over our first year of this podcast and I give you a little insight into next year.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday season, I'll be in the snow in the north pole somewhere when you are listening to this, and get yourselves strapped in for an awesome and abundant 2019!!!
|Dec 25, 2018|
Emma Booth Para Equestrian
In this episode you will hear from Emma Booth who is a truly extraordinary human being. She has represented Australia at the Olympics and this year at WEG as a para equestrian.
Emma has been at the forefront of my mind for an interview since I heard her story through another podcast so I was thrilled when she said “yes let’s do it tomorrow” at EQUITANA when I asked her for an interview. Some people might take pity on people who are not fully able bodied, or have been through the kind of trauma Emma has. I personally have a reverence for them. Especially Emma, she is strong and capable and sits with intention and will not be seen anything other than an incredible athlete in her own right, because listeners, that’s exactly what she is.
I hope you can hear how extraordinary she is and that you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
You can also see pictures from the day on the blog on my website www.comealongfortheride.com.au/emma-booth-para-equestrian
|Dec 18, 2018|
Pedro Torres and Emma Booth at EQUITANA Australia 2019
In this episode we wrap up the wonderful EQUITANA Australia VIP Super Ticket Holder events with Pedro Torres and Emma Booth.
I have introduced Pedro in the 1stepisode of this series, so go back and have a listen to more about this Portuguese Working Equitation and Dressage star. Emma Booth is Australia and she is our international representative para equestrian. Emma is one person I’ve wanted to interview for a long time and I was lucky enough to do a full interview one on one with her at EQUITANA, it happened right before we recorded this VIP event. Emma’s solo interview will be up next week so tune in for that one.
Emma rode in Pedro’s Masterclass at EQUITANA, it was so beautiful to watch. Pedro had a deep respect for Emma’s ability to ride and he also was as grateful as Emma was for the opportunity. So Emma was thrilled to be coached by Pedro and Pedro was thrilled to be able to watch Emma ride so close up in a Masterclass.
You can hear the deep respect they have for each other.
While at EQUITANA I also came across the team from Dolly’s dream. Following the tragic death of Northern Territory teenager Amy “Dolly” Everett on January 3, 2018, Tick and Kate Everett, Dolly’s parents, decided to establish Dolly’s Dream to create positive change and as a lasting legacy to their daughter, Amy. Who committed suicide after being bullied both in person and on the internet.
I wanted to support the charity and buy a shirt to wear at EQUITANA, they had sold out of my size, so a Woman washed hers and brought it back for me the next day to wear to the VIP event. This is why you hear me ask the question about adversity. If you’d like to know more about this charity and show them support, please follow the links in the show notes or on my blog.
Here is how you can connect with the guests
|Dec 11, 2018|
Vicki Wilson, David Manchon and The Rooftop Express Team at EQUITANA Australia
In this week’s episode I’m thrilled to bring you day 3 of the EQUITANA Australia VIP super ticket holder sessions where I was the MC for the event.
In this episode you will hear from Vicki Wilson from New Zealand, Vicki competes at the highest level of show jumping, she starts horses and also does Equine Therapy, by that I mean body work for horses. In my opinion Vicki is changing the way people all over the world, see horses with what they consider to be bad behaviour. In 2017, Vicki Wilson was the first New Zealander to win the coveted World Championship colt starting competition at the Road to the Horse in the USA. Vicki named her horse Kentucky and brought him home. Their journey is an inspiring story of a friendship which will take them together into the future, this story you can read on Vicki’s website. Vicki went on to win the Road to the Horse 2018, making her the back-to-back World Champion of Colt Starting.
Vicki has a load of firsts at The Road to the Horse, but the one I personally love the most, is that she is the first person to ever use body work on their colt. That’s the change she is making to the world of horse people, she shows them how you can take a difficult horse to being quiet and responsive by understanding them and alleviating any pain they are feeling.
On this panel there is also Dave Manchon from The Rooftop Express Show, David has an incredibly entertaining show that he wows audiences with all over Australia, I saw him and his team a few years ago at the local show and it was lots of fun, his show at EQUITANA is next level entertainment, if you ever get a chance to see them please do yourself a favour and get there. In his spare time he is a professional horse trainer with his business flex horse training. With David on this panel is his little sidekick Bella Southern who is 9 years old and also his long-time mate and also a part of his show Anthony Cootes. These guys are a lot of fun but don’t be fooled, they are very experienced horse people in their own right and have a lot to give to those around them.
This is another great day and the thanks has to go to EQUITANA Australia for putting on a great event and allowing me to be a part of it. And also, allowing me to record these sessions and share them with you.
Here are all the links you will need to get in touch with these guests
To see pictures of the day please go to my website www.comealongfortheride.com.au/blog
|Dec 04, 2018|
Chris Burton, Stacy Westfall and the Dan's from Double Dan Horsemanship at EQUITANA Australia 2018
This week’s episode is another gem from the 4 days at EQUITANA Australia 2018 where I was the MC for the VIP super ticket holder event.
This one is a cracker!
On this day I was lucky enough to have Chris Burton who is one of Australia’s best eventers of the modern times. He represented Australia at the 2010, 14 and 18 World Equestrian Games, the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic games where he won a bronze medal on his young horse Santano II.
Stacy Westfall the super decorated western rider is back again. Her bio is in the previous episode so go back and have a listen to the last episode if you’d like to know more about her.
Then, there are the Double Dans from Double Dan Horsemanship. Dan Steers and Dan James who conduct clinics all around the world and are also great entertainers. Their show includes horsemanship, trick riding, comedy and a whole lot more.
This is one of the moments I will not forget and I will tell this story for years to come. This is the day where one of the top equestrians of the modern times, learned something from a couple of Aussie Cowboys. This shows a strength in Chris Burton and a humbleness to be open to this kind of learning especially in front of a live audience. It also show that no matter who you are, you have value.
Another massive thank you to EQUITANA Australia for giving me the opportunity to MC this event and also record it and broadcast it to you all.
To see pictures of the day you can go to the blog on my website.
How to connect
|Nov 27, 2018|
Stacy Westfall and Pedro Torres at EQUITANA Australia 2018
This episode is a little bit different. If you follow me on social media, you will know that I have just spent 4 days at EQUITANA Australia. And I was there to be the MC of the VIP Super ticketholder events.
The first event I was fortunate enough to interview Stacy Westfall and Pedro Torres. For anyone who does not know who that is, I’ll give you a bit of the intro from EQUITANA’s program. Stacy Westfall is one of the US’s top clinicians and competitors. She is a specialist in reining but rides most western disciplines. It would take me a long time to list all of her achievements, so I’ll name just a couple, in 2003 she won the National Reining Horse Association Freestyle competition where she performed without a bridle. She went on to win major reining freestyle competition riding bareback and bridle-less. I do also have to tell you how Stacy was the first woman to enter and win, the prestigious Road to the Horse colt-starting competition.
Pedro Torres is a world champion Working Equitation specialist who trains using classical Dressage principles and by establishing a respectful and kind relationship with his horses. His name is synonymous in Europe with harmonious classical horse training.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to interview people like Stacy and Pedro who are world class in their chosen discipline. It’s so lovely to speak to two people who do different disciplines, and who have more in common that you would think, and it’s lovely how they have so much respect for each other.
A massive thanks to EQUITANA Australia for allowing me to record and broadcast this interview here for you all.
Here are all the links that you will need to connect with each guest and EQUITANA.
Come Along for the Ride Website blog with photos
|Nov 20, 2018|
Sandra Poppema HippoLogic
In this episode I speak with Sandra Poppema from HippoLogic. And no, she does not work with Hippo’s! Her business name is rooted in her history and lineage and it beautifully reflects the work she does in helping horses, by helping their humans.
Sandra, like a lot of us, knows that any issues with the horse can usually be traced back to us in some way, and that if she works on the confidence and self esteem of the humans as well as the thought processes in their training, then the horse will respond and perform differently as well.
Sandra has a background in animal behaviour, she studied it at university level. It’s so interesting to hear what she learned and how she implements that into her work now.
As a special treat for you, Sandra created a special coupon code "Comealongfortheride2018" this will get you get 50% off her eBook "Key Lessons, Your Key to Success in Positive Reinforcement Horse Training" which is valued $27 CAD. Here is the link https://clickertraining.ca/product/ebook-key-lessons-your-key-to-success-in-positive-reinforcement-training/
If you'd like to get to know Sandra a bit better or are curious to experience what online coaching is and how it can help you, then why not sign up for a free 30 minute Discovery call with Sandra. Or you can sign up for her newsletter (same link) and get, a few times a year, free training templates, training tips and discounts nobody else gets.
|Nov 13, 2018|
Dr Lena Clifford Animal Biomechanical Solutions
In this episode I speak with Dr Lena Clifford from Animal Biomechanical Solutions. Lena studied veterinary science in her homeland of Germany, doing a doctorate there before coming to Australia to be with her now husband Darrell who is an extraordinary horse person in his own right.
You will hear how Lena felt the vet world taught her scientific skills but there were holes to be filled, she found a teacher and mentor in Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM and her world changed forever.
Lena will get you thinking, if you haven’t already, about why you rug your horse, at what age you might like to think of starting your horse under saddle based on science, how much support foals needs once it is born and so many other interesting topics.
This is a insightful conversation and I’m so glad I can share it with you.
|Nov 06, 2018|
Tracy Malone My Story so far
It has taken me 31 episodes but I've finally taken the time to record my story so far. I've told this story a few times in the past weeks to various people so I thought I'd record it as an episode to save my voice from having to say it many more times!
This is how my life began with horses. It is how I did my horse journey in the reverse order to most people and why that needed to be. It's about the reason I started this podcast and where we go from here.
It also has a treat at the end where I share an email I received last week that lifted me up and I wanted to share it with you.
It's the relatively short version of my life so far and it is definitely not the end of my story but I am glad I am able to share it with you.
|Oct 30, 2018|
Karine Vandenborre Horsefulness Training
In this episode I speak with Karine Vandenborre from Horsefulness Training. Karine has, over the years, put mindfulness and horsemanship together. The thing I love about Karine is that she has a breadth of experience in horses, and it’s her choice to always put the horse first and see what fits for them, that makes her a great trainer in my eyes. When I ask her about why she rides bitless, she says it’s simply because all the horses she rides prefer it that way. Even though she’s trained in biomechanics and could probably give me scientific reasons as to why she prefers to ride bitless, she still puts the horse first. I love this!
Karine also had the chance to be anything she wanted when she was younger and her teachers and parents all tried to talk her out of working with horses. Can you believe it! Luckily for us, Karine followed her heart and we can now have access to her wisdom and online courses.
|Oct 23, 2018|
The Impact we have on our Horses.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the impact that we have on horses as their owners and riders and I wanted to highlight that in this episode. So I’ve gone back over the interviews I have done since the beginning of this podcast and I’ve selected what I believe are some pearls of wisdom. The main reason I want to do this is to get you thinking more about the impact we have on horses. Like I said before, I’ve been pondering it A LOT and wanted to open the conversation with you guys. As I know you are on the same path as me.
This is about how we as a humans influence horses in their body and function. This is not even in our training methods or feed or where we house them so to speak. This is about us directly, how does our body and emotions effect the body and emotions of our horse.
In this episode my intention is to not make it too long, not talk too much myself or go into my own story. These incredible horsepeople say it so beautifully, my hope is that these words will stay with you and really get you considering these things they speak of.
The trainers I have referenced from previous episodes are as follows. The links on their names will take you to their main page.
|Oct 16, 2018|
AJ Millions Leading the Way International
In this episode I speak with AJ Millions from Leading the Way International. AJ does one of my passions, she has an experiential horse facilitated learning centre. AJ works with people of all ages and from many different walks of life. Her experience in life is extraordinary. It began on a large ranch in Canada with her Grandfather, learning how she did NOT want to train horses.
You will hear how AJ worked with first Canadian elders in a womens correctional centre where she assisted in an equine program to help rehabilitate women into society without reoffending and entering the cycle of corrections.
AJ has worked with so many amazing horse people in her life so far, one of which was Ray Hunt when she was only 18.
AJ has also been lucky enough to study with Linda Kohanov who brings such wisdom to any horse assisted therapy work.
AJ’s passion is working with at risk youth and you will hear stories of how she facilitates change with her incredible herd, for these kids who do not fit the current education system.
AJ also has a passion for making sure her horses are well taken care of in every way. Healing work can have a big impact on horses as well and we speak about the way Aj is able to care for her herd to make sure they do not have any negative responses or setbacks from this work as well.
Here is a link to the book that she speaks of in the interview, written by Yvonne Johnson, one of the Women in the correctional centre in Canada.
|Oct 09, 2018|
Dr Tauri Simone Aboriginal Stockwomen; Their Legacy in the Australian Pastoral Industry
This interview is with Dr Tauri Simone an Aboriginal woman who has spent years writing a thesis on Aboriginal Stockwomen; Their Legacy in the Australian Pastoral Industry. Tauri is not only an incredibly well-educated woman, she is also a stockwoman, who lives in the outback of western Australia on a property that is 1.3 million acres. She musters cattle, no longer on horseback, but she used to. She lives a privileged life compared to the women she writes about.
In this interview you will hear how it is for a stockwoman now and how it was for those who came before her. It’s a fascinating story for any horse lover to hear how these women trained and rode horses to round up cattle and jump off their horses and spear tackle cattle!
Taurie is a brave woman choosing to tell this story, her legacy is that she is telling the story as something for aboriginal people to be proud of. She leaves out most of the atrocities as the trauma does not need to be opened again, but the story of these unbelievably resilient and capable women, must live on.
I believe, this is the type of story that we need to keep telling to begin the healing of colonialism and to move forward as one people.
To read Dr Tauri Simone's full paper you can go to this link and download the pdf and have a good read. please have a read, let's all keep these stories that matter circulating so they can't be lost.
This episode was brought to you by EQUITANA Australia.
|Oct 02, 2018|
Dr Jennifer Stewart Jenquine
In this episode I am playing for you a live interview that I did at a local horse expo, this was put on by a wonderful charity called Equine Action Qld. It is an annual horse expo where they bring in speakers of such a high quality to talk about all things horses. I was lucky enough to interview Dr Jennifer Stewart from Jenquine. I only had 20 minutes with Dr Stewart so you will her the interview for 20 minutes and then you will hear her wonderful talk on big head, or as she would now like it referred to as osteoporosis for horses.
To find out more about Dr Jennifer Stewarts extensive work with horses for to her Jenquine website. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
You can learn more about Equine Action Qld and the expo on their website.
This weeks show is brought to you by EQUITANA Australia. Equitana is happening from the 15th to 18th November this year in Melbourne.
There is so many amazing things to see at Euqitana this year. Steve Halfpenny teaching vaquero horsemanship, elaine hughes will be talking about therapy horses, dr nerida Richards can help you feed your horse for longevity, Kim hagon will be teaching kids horsemanship skills. Steven cox will be teaching about horses for movies and tv. Please go and have a look at the program. It’s so comprehensive and there is something there for everyone.
You can all of these events with your day pass. To get your tickets go to equitana.com.au I hope to see you there. Make sure you say hi if you see me!
|Sep 25, 2018|
Andrea Datz Integrative Horsemanship
In this episode I speak with Andrea Datz from Integrative Horsemanship.
There is so much gold in this episode. I am so happy for you and your horses that you have tunes into this one. From learning to listen to your horse, to understanding the principles of dancing the Tango and taking them into your time with your horse, and to the beautiful gift that I received during this podcast, calmness.
Andrea was so calm and clear I her communication throughout this podcast that after a night of barely any sleep, waking at 4am to record the conversation at 5am, no breakfast and a usually highly excitable nature, I felt calm and grounded by Andrea’s presence from the other side of the world! I hope you feel this too while listening to Andrea and the beautiful message she has to share.
To connect with Andrea you can go to her website, Facebook page or you can follow her on her blog. To see pictures of Andrea and her beautiful Gin you can also go to the blog on my website.
This episode was brought to you by EQUITANA Australia. To get your tickets for this incredible event in Melbourne from the 15th to the 18th of November. go to their website www.equitana.com.au
|Sep 18, 2018|
Callie King CRK Training
In this episode I speak with Callie King from CRK Training. Just like so many other trainers I’ve interviewed on this podcast, Callie wanted to find a better way to do things after the experience she had with a difficult horse.
So today I wanted to first of all, pay tribute to those horses, the ones who are on the frontline of absolutely stubbornly refusing to respond in any positive way to old training methods of domination and negative reinforcement, they are forcing us to make the changes we need within the horse industry to be kinder, more gentle and truly connected to our horses. I’m sending a big thanks and lots of love to those stubborn and apparently unable to be trained horses, and also to the trainer, like Callie who have listened and not given up.
Callie has a wonderful story of how she took the time to learn as much about behaviour as she could, will all different species, to find a better and kinder way to train horses. She found mentors along the way and as a young person, is yet another leader for her generation of teaching humans how we can go deeper with our horses and have the kind of relationship that we have previously only dreamed of.
To connect with Callie and her incredible online learning programs you can go to her website. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Callie also has a YouTube Channel so you can join with the tens of thousands of viewers all watching her practical and easy to follow training videos.
To see photos of Callie and her horses, as well as her little dog you can go to the blog on my website www.comealongfortheride.com.au/Callie-King-CRK-Training
This episode was brought to you by EQUITANA Australia. EQUITANA is happening from the 15thto 18thNovember this year in Melbourne.
EQUITANA in conjunction with the Independent Miniature Horse Registry and American Miniature Horse Association are proud to host 'Minitana’ – the ultimate showcase of Miniature horses. You can enjoy getting up close with these cuties and watching a number of halter conformation classes as well as classes such as jumping and trail. Don’t miss out the 'Miniature High Jump' contest which is always a popular spectacle. The events will be officiated by renowned judge Wayne Hipsley from USA. All classes will have full commentary on placings so will also be an education opportunity for all spectators and exhibitors
It will happen on Saturday from 1.30 to 3.30 in the think fencing arena. You can see this event with your day pass. To get your tickets go to equitana.com.au I hope to see you there. Make sure you say hi if you see me.
|Sep 11, 2018|
Top 5 Horse Training Tips so far
In this episode I have gone back over the trainers that I have spoken to in each previous episode and found the Top 5 Horse Training Tips.
What I love about these tips is that they all have a similar focus. These trainers are from varied disciplines and from all over the world, yet their foundations are similar, their naming of it may be a bit different, the way they do it may be slightly different, but the intention and end result are all very similar. They all work with calmness and taking your time to build a strong connection with their horse.
Here are the links to the trainers that I speak of in the podcast.
To let me know of your training questions you would like answered please connect with me on my website, or through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
This episode was brought to you by EQUITANA Australia. EQUITANA is happening from the 15th to 18th November this year in Melbourne.
The Off the Track program aims to facilitate the placement of retired thoroughbred racehorses in second careers by promoting the network of Racing Victoria Acknowledged Retrainers across the state, driving demand for the breed as performance and pleasure horses and educating the community about the various life after racing options, versatility of use, and the appropriate care and retraining of the thoroughbred.
It's so nice to see EQUITANA making a difference in the life of these beautiful horses. This event will be happening at the Rowville Outdoor Arena on Thursday morning. They will also be doing a jump off in the Think Fencing Arena on Sunday 12:45pm - 2:00pm
You can see this event with your day pass. To get your tickets go to equitana.com.au I hope to see you there. Make sure you say hi if you see me.
|Sep 04, 2018|
Anna Blake Relaxed and Forward
In this episode I speak with Anna Blake who is a dressage trainer, author and blogger. Her blog, Relaxed and Forward has a weekly entry since 2011, so if you like what you hear today, as I know you will, and you want to immerse yourself in what Anna teaches, her blog is a great place to start. She has also written 4 books and coaches people all over the world in dressage, one of the amazing things Anna brought to the horse world is the awareness of calming signals. These are signals that we may take as disrespect or disobedience from our horses, when actually, it’s our horses way of asking us to calm down please, and let’s work this out together.
I imagine that if everyone in the horse world understood these signals and listened to their horse in this way, then oh my, what a beautiful world it would be for horses!
If you'd like to buy Anna's books then you can go to book depository here.
To read Anna's blog, organise a session with her or see where her next workshop is you can go to her blog website.
She also has an author website here.
To read the book Anna mentions Turid Rugaas' Calming Signals you will find it at book depository here
To read the book Language Signs and Calming Signals of Horses : Recognition and Application
By (author) Rachaël Draaisma, you can go to book depository here.
To see photos of Anna you can go to the blog on my website here.
This weeks show is brought to you by EQUITANA Australia. Equitana is happening from the 15th to 18th November this year in Melbourne.
The McDowells Australian Brumby Challenge was developed by the Victorian Brumby Association.
The Challenge follows the journey of 20 trainers as they transform untamed brumbies passively captured from Victoria’s high country, from wild to willing in 150 days. The Final is held across four days of EQUITANA, with trainers showcasing the transformation of their Brumby in front of the crowd and an expert panel of judges.
There are two categories of the Challenge – Ridden and Youth. In the Ridden Challenge, brumbies aged four and older are saddle trained. In the Youth Challenge, yearling aged brumbies are trained and presented in hand only, not to be started under saddle or sat on.
The finale of the McDowells Australian Brumby Challenge will be held at EQUITANA Melbourne 2018. Over the four days of the event, you can come along, meet the brumbies and their trainers and watch as the Brumbies are taken through their paces in several classes which are designed to showcase their trainer’s ability and the trainability and versatility of our Australian Brumbies.
You can see this event with your days pass. To get your tickets go to equitana.com.au I hope to see you there. Make sure you say hi if you see me.
|Aug 28, 2018|
Tanya Bevilacqua Mindfully Mounted and Fit
In this episode I speak with Tanya Bevilaqua from Mindfully Mounted and Fit. I found this talk fascinating. Tanya uses the Alexander technique which I have heard about before but never took the time to understand. It fits completely with the values I love to promote on this podcast. It works to find the root cause of the problem and then gives the body an opportunity to do things differently. It requires empathy and sensitivity. It is gentle and profound.
Tanya found this technique for herself after her own serious health issues that affected her balance. She now teaches it to humans and horses giving them balance and a deeper connection with their horse. This work is a collaboration between horse and rider where the horse can tell you where you need to adjust your body to give them better movement. I know right, fascinating!
To get in touch with Tanya you can find her on Facebook. you can find out more about the Alexander Technique here
You can also go to the blog on my website to see photos of Tanya and her horses and some of the work she has done with horses.
This episode is brought to you by EQUITANA Australia. Equitana is happening from the 15th to 18th November this year in Melbourne.
Chris Burton is undoubtedly one of our country’s best riders and athletes of modern times, representing Australia at the 2010 and 2014 World Equestrian Games, the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he won a Bronze medal with the team on his striking young horse Santano II.
Chris is doing a masterclass at EQUITANA and hopes he can make the sessions focussed on training the light aids and building harmony between horse and rider.
This is a ticketed event. To get your tickets to this once in a lifetime opportunity go to equitana.com.au I hope to see you there. Make sure you say hi if you see me.
|Aug 21, 2018|
Tanya McDermott HERO
In this episode I speak with Tanya McDermott from HERO. In conjunction with Harness Racing Victoria she is working to make sure all Standardbred horses have a life after racing. Whether they are retired, never made the track at all or have just had enough and don’t want to race anymore. The best part about this program and what Harness Racing Australia are doing, is that they can start to gather real stats about where their horses are going that are being registered for racing. This is sorely missing from all areas of the equestrian world, knowing how many horses are leaving the industry and where they are going. The wastage is sports like Thoroughbred racing are evident, but the statistics are floored at best. This organisation is making inroads into making the world a better place for all Standardbreds. I love what they are doing and I'm happy to be sharing their story.
If you'd like to get in touch with Tanya and HERO, maybe get yourself a Standardbred like me? You can go to their website or Facebook Page, they are also on Twitter.
If you go to the blog on my website you can see photos of Tanya and her horses, you can also see the little girl she spoke of with her new Standardbred Horse.
This weeks show is brought to you by EQUITANA Australia. Equitana is happening from the 15th to 18th November this year in Melbourne.
Pedro Torres will be there this year, Pedro has multiple World, European and National Championship titles under his belt for working equitation, he is the most successful rider and a living legend in the history of the sport. After much success with WE, Pedro is now making waves in the Dressage world. Pedrois a rider first and foremost, and rides the discipline his horse tells him to ride, or that he feels the horse has the most potential for.
Pedro is doing a masterclass at EQUITANA this year on the Friday from 9.30 to 12.30. This is a ticketed event. To get your tickets go to equitana.com.au I hope to see you there. Make sure you say hi if you see me.
|Aug 14, 2018|
Kim Walnes The Way of the Horse
In this episode I speak with Kim Walnes from The Way of the Horse. This one is along one folks, I thought about doing it in 2 parts but couldn’t make you wait that long for this incredible story. Through most of this interview I had a lump in my throat and at the end of it I just wanted to reach through the internet, all the way across the ocean to America and give Kim an enormous hug and say “My word you’ve been through a lot”.
Kim Walnes knows what it’s like to live your dream at be at the pinnacle of the horse riding world winning Rolex on her horse the Grey Goose in 1982. She tained with internationally renowned Jack LeGough and rode at Badminton. She has also ridden as a double to Melissa Gilbert in the movie Sylvester.
However in 1991 she also experienced the lowest of lows when she lost her daughter who was murdered. I now right.
Kim then later had a car accident where she had to be revived, her explanation of this time is incredible, her daughter was there, she wanted to stay but it wasn’t her time.
Kim is one of those people who was born part horse. Horse was her first word, she can hear when they speak and she has now decided a great life lived is one where she can teach people about these incredible sentient beings and how you too can have true connection with your horse.
To connect with Kim you can go to her Way of the horse website or her Facebook page.
This episode was brought to you by EQUITANA Australia. Please support these wonderful sponsors. EQUITANA is on from 15th to 18th of November this year. You can go to their website to get your tickets. I'll be there this year doing interviews for this podcast so make sure you grab your tickets and come and say hi.
|Aug 07, 2018|
Rod Lockwood EQUITANA Australia
In this episode I speak with Rod Lockwood the man who brought EQUITANA Australia to our shores 20 years ago.
Having run my own businesses over the years I am one of those people who goes out for dinner and calculates the seats in the restaurant and staff and meal costs to see how profitable a business like this is. I go to QSEC and look at the same thing, the staff, the overheads with equipment, the planning and promotions and I do a few sums in the hope they are being profitable. I love to see small businesses thrive.
So when I think of a mammoth event like EQUITANA and the sheer amount of overheads they would have to have before tickets are even sold it makes my brow sweat, that’s an incredible business all done by a small core team.
Then I find out that Rod and his partners company worked from pure heart, a love of horses and a deep knowing that it would turn profitable eventually for many years before they actually made a profit.
This is when I know that EQUITANA is something special.
What I love about EQUITANA is the way it brings such a diverse horse world to one place. Where dressage meets reining and so many tens of thousands of people who attend from every discipline and horse breed known to Australia, all walk the same ground.
Equitana is a place where all horse people can find common ground and where our pure love of horses brings us to this mammoth event, and over the 4 days, might just break down a few of those misconceptions we may have about each other.
From all the profitable businesses around the world, this one has a beating heart, and that heart, is horses.
|Jul 31, 2018|
Mosie Trewhitt Liberty Horsemanship
In todays episode I speak with Mosie Trewhitt from Liberty horsemanship. Mosie is someone who gives me great hope for the future of horses on the planet. She is young and had the courage to understand there was a different way of being with horses from a teenager, and as a natural part of the social media generation, has a large following on Instagram, and is showing the world of horsepeople young and old, what is possible through choice and positive reinforcement.
She is still young and knows that even though she is working in a new way, that there is even further for her to go. She is at a stage of really listening to her horses and seeing what they have to say, on where they can go together. I will be keeping a close eye on Mosie’s work as she develops it over the coming years, she is a real leader for her generation and I love that she was willing to share her story with a fellow podcaster. Mosie could easily have seen me as competition, but she instead saw me as a fellow traveller working with the same dream, to make the world a better place for horses, and she was happy to be interviewed and share her story.
|Jul 24, 2018|
Valence Williams Soul Horse Revolution
To connect wth Valence go to her Soul Horse Revolution Facebook Page.
|Jul 17, 2018|
Fiona Darroch-Speedie Dancing with Horses
In todays episode I speak with Fiona Darroch Speedie from Dancing with Horses. Fiona spent her early life in north western queensland and where her sense of freedom and adventure was nurtured and horses, and relaxed baby boomer parents, were the facilitators of that freedom.
On moving to Brisbane she began dancing lessons and became an instructor, but it was the time that she found a true Latin dance teacher that her life with dancing changed for good.
In time Fiona decided that dancing, horses and leadership, which she was teaching in the corporate world, were too good a mix to not explore. So began her life creating Dancing with Horses.
When I speak to people about dancing with horses, they either feel excited and curious or they squirm in their seat. It’s something that can really be an incredible mirror to your behaviours when it comes to your leadership styles. Once again we find that horses are here to give us so much in their gentle and non-judgemental way. I wonder how this will make you feel?
|Jul 10, 2018|
Gary Wells Emmett 4 Animals
In todays show I speak with Gary Wells an Emmet Therapist for horses and humans. Gary’s name in the horse industry is held very high. Any time I’m on social media and see people ask for a body therapist, his name is always in the mix so when I started this podcast his name was one that I always kept in the back of my mind for approaching for an interview. And now you can find out why.
Gary’s spent a lot of time in the horse racing industry and I am so glad that there are people in the industry who care for their horses enough to employ people like Gary, they care for their horses and their recovery and by using Gary and his Emmett therapy work, they are choosing a kind, gentle and so very effective way to keep their racers on the track.
Gary works with all types of horses and as with most people I have interviewed on this podcast so far, the story of how they came to be doing their line of work is just as interesting as the work that they do.
|Jul 03, 2018|
Kate Pilcher Globetrotting
In Episode 12 I speak with Kate pilcher from Globetrotting. Kate is a person who not only loves horses, but loves to travel the world, and after a spiritual crisis in her young adult years, she trekked off around the world riding horses along the way, and decided to make a living out of her two loves. Hence globetrotting was born.
When we become mothers, business owners and horse owners it can be easy to let the every-day grind stop you from doing the things that you love. Kate has kept such great balance in her life as every trek she sells, she rides herself first, before anyone else, she designs the whole experience for you in person with her little family in tow. She says she has the best job in the world, and after this interview, I am hard pressed to disagree with her!
I had the pleasure of going to the Margaret river ride in 2017 and it was a trip of a lifetime. But when I booked it I knew that every trek on the website had the same feel about it, and after talking to other globetrotters it seems we all felt the same. It was after that trip that I really wanted to get the full story of how such an incredible business was brought to life, so I was thrilled when Kate agreed to be interviewed for the podcast.
So this episode is a little different this one is not about training or working with horses, it’s about the pure pleasure of travelling the world and having a full cultural experience on horseback.
During this interview it was a bit hard for me to stay focused as the virtual tour I had on horseback was so great I found it hard to come back to earth for a while. So for this episode I invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy your very own virtual tour of the world on horseback.
If you would like to get in touch with Kate and her team and organise your very own life changing horse trek somewhere in this incredible world of ours, you can find her at her Globetrotting Website, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest or Google Plus. I hope to meet some of you in person out there on horseback one day! For now, enjoy Kate and her incredible story so far.
|Jun 26, 2018|
Donna Anderson One horse Life Australia
In this episode you will hear from Donna Anderson from One Horse Life Australia. Donna is at the end of many years of learning and is at the beginning of her teaching journey with horses and people.
Donna started her life with horses as a lot of people did by getting her first pony when she was young. Then there was the catalyst that changed her horse training for ever. When one of Donna’s horses died while she was in the UK visiting her Mum, she felt lost and unable to go on with horses for the time being.
When Donna finally made a promise to the horse she lost that she would change the way she trained and make sure she was always kind and gentle with horses, the universe delivered her, with one last test of her word, a new horse.
Donna found One Horse Life with Anna Marciniak and spent years training online and then in person. This is the foundation of her training methods.
Donna teaches connection with your horse and always giving your horse a voice. No matter your discipline or level of riding, Donna and her training can teach you to have the connection that you have always dreamed of.
Like so many other trainers on this podcast series, it seems deep connection with your horse comes from deep self work, the horse is a mirror of your soul and seems to be here to teach us to let go of all that is holding us back.
Donna has a great story to tell and is yet another brave and wonderful human who is here to listen to as much as she is to talk to her horses.
To connect with Donna you can go to her Facebook page.
|Jun 19, 2018|
Elaine Heney Grey Pony Films
On this episode you will hear from Elaine Heney from Grey Pony Films.
Elaine has grown up with horses in Ireland and is lucky that her Father has a gentle hand, however it was on her travels around the world that her horsemanship changed forever, when in New Zealand Elaine saw a horse being ridden bareback with a single rein. It’s the old saying you can’t be what you can’t see.
Once Elaine’s eyes were opened to this new way of being there was no going back for her, she then travelled to Australia and once home in Ireland she travelled to the UK to find a new way to train her horses.
Elaine is a natural go getter in the world. She doesn’t seem to believe in can’t, she sees an opportunity and says yes, or makes a suggestion herself, and then figures out what has to happen next.
Elaine is also an entrepreneur, she is the CEO of her company Chocolate Lab Aps.
She has written 4 books, 3 of them on horses and horsemanship, one is called Ozzie The Story of a young Horse, it’s about her grey pony that she named after her journey in Australia and learning from Australian trainers, I've just read it and it's a lovely journey of how to train a problem horse. You can find these books on Amazon.
So it’s absolutely no surprise to me that after being involved with a Mark Rashid movie in the US, she decided to teach herself how to become a movie maker.
The Mark Rashid movie, Out of the Wild, which Elaine was the Executive producer, won the Directors Choice Award at the 2016 EQUUS Film Festival in New York.
Elaine then went on to make a short film about Steve Halfpenny from Light Hands Equitation in South Australia. This film has been selected for 10 international film festivals, and won 11 awards, including best director, best cinematography and best documentary.
The next natural step for Elaine was to make a feature length film about Steve Halfpenny, this film called Steve Halfpenny, Light Hands Equitation has just been released. I watched the film and it is beautifully done. Steve is a gentle and kind man with horses and the movie gives you a real sense of the type of horsemanship he does and how he was worked long and hard to make the world a better place for horses. With this movie Elaine has done her mentor proud.
Elaine has now decided to expand her film making skills to incorporate anyone who is working with horses in an extraordinary way. She is still taking applications, you will hear more about this in the interview so sit back and enjoy this incredible woman.
|Jun 12, 2018|
Sandy Robertson SEQ Brumby Association
On today’s episode you will hear from Sandy Robertson from SEQ, that’s for South East Qld where she is located, Brumby Association. Sandy has always had a place in her heart to rescue horses and find them a loving home. She hasn’t ever seen a problem horse, just misunderstood horses who need some time and kindness.
Sandy has worked for many years in land conservation so knows a lot about how to take care of the land and is someone who has spent her life giving to others.
When she was asked to take over the SEQ Brumby Association she jumped at the chance to do her part and for the last few years has been bringing in, retraining and rehoming Australian brumbies for life in a domestic home.
There is a lot in the news at the moment about the Kosciusko Brumbies. The Brumby bill has just been passed and will serve to protect the Brumbies and acknowledges the part they play in the history of Australia. Their numbers will be managed, and the aim is to strike a balance between conservation of the brumbies and the land where they are grazing. If their populations become too big they will be trapped in the most humane way possible and given to associations like SEQ Brumby and retrained for domestic life.
After hearing Sandy’s story about the incredible nature of our iconic Australian Brumbies, my hope, is that we can all open our eyes and our hearts to these incredible horses and have a think when it’s time for us to purchase our next horse. I certainly have an eye on one as my next horse, with 4 horses currently I will have to wait a bit before taking the plunge. When the time comes, however, it will be an easy choice to make.
Sandy is an incredible human and her passion, and tireless work with these gentle guys, all voluntary and from her own pocket, shine through, the brumbies are as lucky to have Sandy as she is to be a part of their story.
|Jun 05, 2018|
Tony Robinson The Wanderer
In this episode you will hear from Tony Robinson The Wanderer. I have a feeling you may be a surprised as I was to hear what Tony has to say. An Australian country kid, growing up in Narrabri, the only horse riding lessons he had was to not fall off, or if you did fall off, try and figure out why and try to make sure it did not happen again!
He met some interesting people, way ahead of their time using chiropractic methods on horses and cattle, this was to be his new path and he spent many years working and having great success as a body worker learning and teaching different methods as he went.
But Tony it seems, was not put on this earth to live on the surface, that question of “why” kept making its way into his life and he, as the seeker he is, would work until he found the answer.
This is not a practical interview about the construct of a horses body. Tony goes deep into the spiritual nature of horses and humans, he is a philosopher and deep thinker and there is every possibility he might challenge your belief system a little.
The one thing that I know about Tony is that he always, always puts the horse first, he cares for horses deeply and his mission seems to be to help us humans look at them through new eyes.
To connect with Tony you will find him on Facebook here or you can email him email@example.com or simply give him a call as he is the kind of guy that will help you in any way that he can his number is 0412 925 260.
|May 29, 2018|
Maxine Ellison Horses and People
Maxine Ellison is the co-owner of Horses and People magazine. Maxine is one of those people, who never leaves you wondering what she is thinking. I can see why horses love her as congruence and honesty is what they crave. Maxine is a natural leader who is on the forefront of standing up for horses and speaking out where others may hold back, especially when it comes to her love of harness racing.
This is an enlightening talk many wonderful things about Maxine’s life with horses, we go deeper into Standardbred horses and their incredible nature and all of the things that they can go on to do in their life after racing. We talk about the magazine, why she bought into it and what her values are.
|May 22, 2018|
Cristina Wilkins Horses and People Magazine
One of the reasons I chose to do this podcast is because I believe that everyone has a great story to tell. We have all lived interesting lives and I love to hear the path people have taken to get to where they are.
Cristina is one of those surprise packages that I was fascinated by! She has a wonderful story to tell about her childhood in Spain. She recounts being a small and timid child and how her mother, who did not want her to miss out on a life with horses, decided she should learn to ride on a pony, instead of on a large horse as was normally the way children were taught in her country. Her mum brought a pony from England for Cristina to learn to ride on and, sometime later, one summer, her sister began offering riding lessons on him. In just a couple of months she was booked out! Thus, soon after, with mum at the helm, they began the first children’s riding school to use ponies in Spain.
Cristina went on to compete in eventing and came very close to representing Spain at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics. She trained in England for several years and, although she missed out on Olympic selection, she represented her country at 3* CCI Events, including the Young Rider European Championships. Her level of riding, as you can see from the pictures on my blog, was right up there with the best!
Life then took her to New Zealand and subsequently Australia where after some years she came to work at horses and people magazine. Once she decided to become an owner of the magazine with Maxine Ellison, who you will hear from on next weeks episode, the magazine began to change. It went from an event schedule that let you know what was coming up in the horse world, to a magazine with a clear vision of making the world better for horses by educating their owners on the many facets of owning and interacting with horses.
It's a fantastic story of the vision and passion it takes to put something of such a high standard to print each month and the values that she is driven by that are evident in every page of the magazine.
|May 15, 2018|
Mel Fleming Connecting with Horses Riding with Synchronicity
In this episode you will hear from Mel Fleming from Connecting with Horses and Riding with Synchronicity.
Mel has been lucky enough to spend her life around horses. Her family were well known horse people and she was able, through hard work and support from her family, to go through the ranks of the horse world and work at a high level of dressage, to the highest level of natural horsemanship where she worked internationally with Pat and Linda Parelli among many other internationally renowned trainers.
Mel is one of those people who keeps asking questions, she never settles for less. It seems she needs to go deep and make sure the horse is alright on every level as her deep need to connect fully with the horse and make a true partnership comes before the end performance result she is seeking. This is what has taken Mel all over the world developing her skills as she goes, the need to find someone who has the answers to her questions.
In asking these questions Mel has been able to form her own style of horsemanship.
On her website she says. “I think that true horsemanship is horsemanship from the horse’s perspective. What would horse’s call horsemanship and who would horses call a horseman?”
“TRUE HORSEMANSHIP means putting yourself in the horse’s skin, seeing things through their eyes, thinking how they are thinking and feeling how they are feeling. Going beyond merely perceiving them as prey animals and knowing the individual beings (the spirits) that they are. In equal proportion to understanding the spirit of who horses are, true horsemanship also means understanding their physical bodies, so they can be ridden with true balance and healthy biomechanics. This is the only way that the ridden horse can stay sound, be healthy, be calm and yet responsive, enjoy their work and maximise their performance. This is what “Connecting with Horses & Riding with Synchronicity” strives to achieve.”
Mel has the ability and the formula to go deep into each horse and help build a bond between horse and rider that is strong, and because of the biomechanics element, long lasting and sound.
You can find out when Mel is coming to a town near you on her website and you can follow her on Facebook.
Mel will open your mind to the difference between the use of techniques versus true connection when working with horses. She will challenge your current beliefs around horsemanship, and that can only be a good thing. I love learning more about true connection and Mel certainly gave me a lot to consider.
I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
|May 08, 2018|
Emma Bryant Equality Equine Services
Episode 5 is with Emma Bryant from Equality Equine Services. I was lucky enough to attend a clinic at Emma’s place and I was blown away with her patience and gentle way of teaching. Some people talk about wanting an equal relationship with their horse, Emma lives this every day. She takes the time that it takes, and will do whatever it takes for the horse she is working with to feel safe, and ready, before taking any more steps.
Emma learned so much of her craft by working a long life with horses, especially traumatised ones, they taught her new ways to reach them, and all because Emma showed patience and put herself in their shoes time after time. Even the time Emma had to leave training horses and took what seemed like a sideways step, she still learned so much about herd and prey animals and it helped her with horses in the end as well.
She then returned to her first love, training horses and has many stories to tell of the positive changes she has been able to make in both horse and rider’s life.
Emma teaches bravery in her clinics for both horse and rider. This does not mean she teaches us how to face our fears and jump big jumps or take on something huge. She empowers both horse and rider by teaching safety and clear communication.
|May 01, 2018|
Angela Davison The Horse Herbalist
Angela Davison is The Horse Herbalist, she has spent her life and career with horses in many different ways. Starting out in showjumping in her native country of England, she came to Australia to visit her Dad and decided to make a life here.
Angela was one of the first licensed female jockeys in Australia. Now her story up until this point would make an excellent episode in itself. However, it gets even more interesting when she decided, after seeing so many horses who were not able to be helped by modern medical methods, when she herself was always back on the horse quite fast from her chiropractic treatments and the herbal remedies that her chiropractor gave her, to go on and study herbalism and body work for both humans and horses.
This led her to a career of giving back to horses in quite a fascinating way. Angela took 7 years to develop a technique she calls hair testing. This is not taking hair and putting it into a machine and getting a report back. This is about connection with the horse on a deep level to find the cause of the symptom. In herbalism Angela learned how to treat the whole being instead of just the symptom so she developed this method to give her this edge and be able to get real results faster than she could without them. There was no need to do hundreds of dollars worth of tests to try and find the problem, she created a method to get right to the source.
It might all sound a bit hard to believe, but after 20 years of results and thousands of cases of success under her belt, Angela is definitely the real deal. As a Horse Herbalist Angela has treated top performance horses including the partnership she sponsors Shannan Goodwin and her horse Astro who are competing in dressage at Grand prix level.
This episode is full of great information for how we can all understand our horses a bit better and see them as whole beings. But the best part, for me, was hearing all of the stories of horses that she helped along the way. She tells such great stories of the results she has gained for horses all over the world from all disciplines and breeds.
|Apr 24, 2018|
Anna Minogue Equine Dentist
When I choose people to come and work with my horses in any way, I look around for someone others highly recommend, then I check their credentials, and then I look for something else. What I look for is a complete passion, almost an obsession, for the work that they do. Someone who lights up when they talk about their work. Someone who can make you almost as excited as they are about the work that they do. And these people certainly see what they do almost as an honour, who feel blessed to be able to do so much to give back to horses in some way.
In this episode I speak with Anna Minogue, who is an Equine Dentist, and Anna is one of those people I speak about above. In the interview you will hear the passion in her voice and if you miss it at all, just wait until we talk about brushing our horses teeth, that made her very excited indeed!
I also chose to speak with Anna as she spent a long career initially as a vet nurse, so she lived in the word of pharmaceuticals and especially sedation in working with animals. Yet as an equine dentist she only uses sedation if she absolutely has to, every 200 horses or so. This really peaked my interest and I just had to speak with Anna to see how and why she made the transition to equine dentistry and how she is able to work so gently with horses doing what can be an invasive treatment for horses.
She decided to get herself educated on horse behaviour and learned some techniques to help a horse feel at ease with her before putting a rasp in their mouth and waiting to see what would happen next!
You will hear stories of some of the horses she has helped and how she loves our horses almost as much as we do. I certainly learned a lot in this conversation about horses teeth and the type of things to look for in my horses, as well as the questions to ask any dentist who I choose to work with my horses.
I hope every horse out there gets an equine dentist with as much passion, knowledge and gentleness as Anna has.
|Apr 23, 2018|
Kirsty Hagger Willowvale Spanish Mustangs
In our very first conversation here at Come Along for the Ride you will hear from Kirsty Hagger of Willowvale Spanish Mustangs who decided that she would be the first ever person, and so far, the only person ever, to import this critically endangered breed to the southern hemisphere.
This is not only an incredible story about a woman who brought the first ever Spanish Mustang horses to Australia and is thus far still the only breeder here. It is also a story of transition from traditional dominant methods of horse training, to natural horsemanship, then to a very gentle way of training and being with horses where relationship and choice are paramount.
I have 4 horses and when I asked the photographer to come and take photos for the cover of this podcast I thought that Gypsy’s mother, Kiowa would be the cover shot as she is so photogenic.
Little did I know that Gypsy had other plans. She brought herself into position for the photo and proceeded to stare straight into the camera and gave us the shot we were after!
It seems she had her own plans to get her face and the Spanish mustang breed known.
So it seemed only fitting that the first ever podcast would be about this beautiful breed and Kirsty who was the first person to bring them to our shores.
Kirsty speaks about her life with horses, the one horse, Woody, that changed everything for her when she was younger and who changed the way she trained all horses. She talks about her Australian Brumby Mare Sienna who made her change her ways even further to have to be so gentle as even looking at her was far too much pressure for this traumatised horse to handle.
After years of seeing soundness and confirmation problems in many horses here in Australia, Kirsty came across the Spanish Mustang breed.
This led her to a lifelong love and obsession with the breed. Kirsty tells us how she travelled across America and how she chose the horses, or rather how they chose her, who have been the foundation of her breeding stud here in Australia.
She goes deep into the breed and the type of horse they are, the type of human you have to be to own one and the type of training they need in order to thrive. She also let’s us know the horses that she has up for sale at the moment, just in case you became as enamoured for the breed as I did when I first met them all those years ago.
I have known Kirsty for many years and I am thrilled to be able to bring you her story. She is one of those people who is part horse, she is so gentle and kind with her horses and on her Facebook page you can read the incredible stories of her journey with the breed, how and why she trains them as she does and the results that she obtains.
I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
|Apr 22, 2018|
Introducing Come Along for the Ride Podcast
From Gentle Horse Trainers to Complimentary Horse Therapists, from people working in Equine Assisted Therapy to Entrepreneurs of the horse industry, we are here to go deep with extraordinary horse people who live their lives making the world a better place for horses. Our weekly interviews will entertain and engage as well as educate horse owners who are always learning and want to know more about these incredible creatures.
|Apr 17, 2018|