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In Washington state, Nina Halvorsen is living her best life with her reining horses at home and a never-ending list of things to do around her farm. It's what so many of us horse lovers live for! Riding and driving and training our horses is the payoff, but the work that goes into keeping our horses is almost as much fun.  In this episode, Nina shares her story of setting up a 4 acre horse property in western Washington. We talk site planning, strategies for managing water, paddock footing, the pros and cons of different gravel, and more. Listen in and get to know another Stall and Stable friend!
When making the decision to bring our horses home, it is easy to forget about how their social environment will change, and what effects that may have on how they’re able to perform their jobs as riding or driving partners. The fantasy of a two-stall barn right outside your back door is a lovely one, but the reality of having two or three horses means we often have to accommodate the emotional needs of the horse who gets left behind. My guest today is master horse trainer, animal behaviorist, and author, Don Jessop. Don was kind enough to join me for a discussion about how we can help our horses manage their separation anxiety. Whether your horse is at home, or rather attached to a buddy at his boarding barn, Don’s advice is very helpful. So, Listen in! 
Even if your horses graze on acres of lush pasture for most of the year, there is always a need for hay on a horse farm. For many horses, and for many different reasons, pasture is not an option as a primary source of forage, which means buying hay becomes a critical part of every barn manager’s or horse owner's job. And it can be a tricky task. In this episode, Helena is joined by her good friend and fellow hay geek, Coach Jenn from Horse Radio Network, as they compare notes and ideas about the realities of shopping for hay. Listen in!
Horses can have a powerful impact on human beings. In fact, many of us believe our horses to be valid therapy for our mental health. But horses are individuals, with unique personalities. How we combine with those personalities shapes our relationship with them-whether as pets, performance horses, or therapy partners. In this episode, Helena is joined by Ph.D. Candidate, Ellen Rankins, from Rutgers Equine Center. The discussion is about equine personalities, temperament, and Ellen's current research on how Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) affect both humans and horses - specifically combat veterans with PTSD. Listen in! 
My guest today is Ashley Newman, a Stall and Stable listener from Atlanta, Georgia, who just bought her first farm. Ashley is in the process of setting things up for her own horses, while putting plans into place to one day welcome boarders, as well. In this episode, we chat about digging trenches, round bales catching fire, trailer mishaps, working out with goats, and more. Listen in!
Well, well, well, it’s been an interesting three months of learning, coping, and evolving here at Hoo Hollow! From mental health and crazy horses, to shattered splint bones and a new truck, there’s a lot to cover. No matter how long you’ve been involved with horses, or how much you think you know, there is ALWAYS room for learning… and a slice or two of Humble Pie. Listen in!
Innovation in the horse industry is always an exciting thing! Whether that's research findings in veterinary care, a high tech pitch fork, new training techniques, or software designed to make life a little easier for riders and barn managers. Today’s episode includes a conversation with the founders of Strider, a new, digital platform that allows riders to enter events online, and makes simple work out of organizing these events for barn owners and managers. How about that? Saving time, energy, and money… now that’s what I call, INNOVATIVE. Listen in!
If there was a deity to worship in the world of barn design, John Blackburn would most certainly fit the bill! John is the principal of Blackburn Architects, inarguably producing some of the world's most beautiful and practical equestrian facilities today. With a focus on barns that can safely and elegantly serve horses of all kinds, in all disciplines, Blackburn Architects are problem solvers at heart, putting their creative engineering and design minds to work for horse owners all over the globe. Helena sits down to talk with John in this episode to get a feel for what goes into the barn design process, and what the future looks like for both commercial and private equestrian facilities. Listen in!
Historically, most horse farms were designed and built with human needs in mind, The horses’ needs weren’t necessarily ignored, but they were (and often still are) secondary in the design and planning phases of equestrian properties. But, as we build new farms and update existing ones, we have the chance to change that. We have the chance to create properties that allow our hoses to live within the human construct while still satisfying their basic needs; needs that, when met, create happier, healthier, and better performing athletes-- in all disciplines and at all levels. This is the first in a series on designing horse farms for the 21st century. Our guest is award-winning Landscape Architect, Deborah Cerbone, who will walk us through some of the essential things to consider when first looking at building or renovating a horse farm. Listen in!
We know so much more about our horses needs today than we did 10 or 20 years ago. Research, technology, and the internet have allowed us to learn and share information about horse care like never before. One of things we have learned of late is that healthy horses and hooves depend a lot not just on how much time horses are turned out, but what they do while out there. Listen in!
This month, the Stall and Stable Pro Clinic series featured the legendary USET competitor and coach, Bernie Traurig to Seapowet Stables in Tiverton, Rhode Island. A small group of riders and auditors got the chance to experience top-level instruction that was surprisingly simple. This episode features a few key takeaways from the clinic - from a riding, spectating, and organizing perspective. Listen in!  Support Stall and Stable
When you walk into a barn, can you sense the overall energy of the place? Are the horses happy? Is the barn clean and tidy. How are you greeted by the staff? All of these details are driven by one thing… the barn manager. Good energy in a barn starts with good leadership and works its way down to the tiniest of elements – and creatures.  My guest today is Chelsea Canedy of Canedy Horsemanship & Performance. Chelsea’s story may sound familiar, but what changed her trajectory as a horse professional is intriguing. Listen in!
Stall and Stable listeners are the BEST listeners ever! In getting know some of you over the last year, I am both overjoyed and humbled by the stories you share with me. Stories about your barns, your horses, your accomplishments, and your challenges. It’s really starting to feel like a family.  Today, Helena welcomes a listener from South Carolina who brought her horses home for the first time with the help of our podcast. Listen in! 
Last weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting Tik Maynard for a 2-day clinic in the Ocean State. It was a very enlightening two days!  Advanced Eventer, Horse Trainer, and author, Tik Maynard, is a quality human being. You sorta need to be if you're going to convince horses to be awesome, and Tik does that without even thinking about it. Do you how he's so effective as a trainer? It's because he thinks he is... Listen in! Support the Show
When you finally get your horses home, there is no other feeling like it. Looking out your window and seeing your favorite creatures enjoying life under your care is one of THE most gratifying experiences for a horse lover.  But there’s a flip side. Happy Horsekeeping isn’t as easy as it sometimes seems. While we can design our barns, yards, and turnout to keep our horses safe, feed them the best hay and grains, and provide a low-stress environment for them, there are times when that’s still not enough. Listen in!
There’s a wonderful surge in horse adoptions this year. Many rescue horses, however, are in poor condition, and that leaves adopters struggling to nurture their horses back to good physical and mental health. Our guest in this episode is Dr. Stacey Boswell, an equine veterinarian whose new book, The Ultimate Guide to Horses in Need, covers the most common issues facing rescued horses, and how we, as caregivers, can best support their return to good health. Listen in!
We're having a conversation about stall doors today. If you're a barn geek like us, every design element in a barn is meaningful, but perhaps none so much as doors, which can be used dozens of times a day. Doors need to be safe, efficient, functionally compatible with your barn's workflow, and of course, handsome. Join Helena and guest, Nick Thornton of Lucas Equine, as they chat about what goes into choosing the right stall doors for a barn. Whether you're building new or ready to replace what you have, it's an interesting conversation about what kind of thoughts go into this important barn component. Listen in!
What’s so great about boarding? Lots of things, actually!  Helena chats with return guest, Terry Golson, of the Cooperative Horse today, about Terry's recent move to a new boarding barn that has turned out to be quite the surprise for her and her American Paint Horse, Tonka. "Terry is one of my favorite people to talk with because she’s not just a horse lover, she’s also an animal behavior expert who’s done amazing things with her own horse, as well as her clients’ horses." Join Helena and Terry as they explore why boarding can be the ideal situation for some horse owners. Listen in!
In today’s episode, we revisit a favorite book of ours; The Compassionate Equestrian. The book describes 25 principles that compassionate equestrians use as a guide to create healthy and productive relationships with their horses. As we circle back to the principles of compassion when we work with our horses, this episode’s conversation digs deeper into the concept of reducing drama with your horse (and your barnmates) by checking in with yourself and your ego. Ooooh, listen in! 
In another installment of "Siouxsie and the Solitary Witch", Helena catches listeners up on the first year (and canter!) with her OTTB mare, Siouxsie. --- One of the hardest things to overcome when you work by yourself, and you're a bit of an overachiever, is to stop second-guessing yourself. And lemme tell ya, a Thoroughbred in your back yard will most certainly give you reason to second-guess yourself! In today’s episode, Helena talks about how one middle-aged mom and backyard horse owner is faring as she works on bringing along a green OTTB mare in the midst of a pandemic. From inside the mare’s stall, to the life that revolves around the little stable just outside the kitchen window. Listen in! 
#BlackLivesMatter means the black community deserves to be heard, embraced, and celebrated, especially in the horse world. We are Equestrians first, whether we’re bay or gray shouldn’t matter, and yet it does. Still. In an effort to move the dial of racism down to zero, Helena talks with two smart, young women who know a thing or two about horses, podcasting, and grace. Abriana and Caitlin from the Young Black Equestrians podcast explain the origins of their show, what frustrates them as black horse people, and how white people can start to pick up some of the slack and start advocating for our fellow horsemen and women of color. Listen in!
One of great things about podcasting is the opportunity to connect with other horse owners and sharing their stories and ideas for happy horsekeeping. We welcome one such listener today, Lori Rodriguez, from Tallahasse, Florida. Lori shares with us a bit about her life as a new backyard horse owner in the Sunshine State, including how she handles the heat, the bugs, manure, and more. Listen in!  
Today’s episode was going to be about bailing twine. In light of the recent events in America, the discussion will instead be about how having our horses at home can teach us about silver linings. For every frustration, every complaint, every step backwards we take in our horse lives, there’s a blessing hidden just beyond it. Stick around and see if you agree. 
There’s been a lot of activity at our place these last few months. The quarantine has us sheltering in place here in Rhode Island, but that doesn’t mean there’s been a lack of things to do. On the contrary! From finishing our new hay shed, to major driveway construction, Buck and I have been busy little bees. Stick around to find out what inspired Buck to get back in the saddle, how our backyard barn has been serving Brody and Siouxsie, and how this time of isolation has also brought an opportunity for self-reflection and a new respect for horsemanship. Listen in!
We had an entirely different episode planned for today. Dr. Karyn Malinowski, was kind enough to agree to a 2-part series on horse keeping at Rutgers University Equine Science Center. Well, we got part 1 down okay, but as we connected last week to begin recording part 2, Dr. Malinowski and Helena found that their casual conversation about their horses was just the antidote to the ho hum glum if isolation. And so that’s what you get today - an interesting conversation about Standardbreds, a mid-life crisis, crashes, lessons learned, laughable moments, and horses loved. This is the kind of thing horse people do... when we're not riding, of course. So listen in!
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Created by
Sparkle and Boom Communications
Podcast Status
Oct 30th, 2018
Latest Episode
Apr 14th, 2021
Release Period
2 per month
Avg. Episode Length
37 minutes

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