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The Willing Equine

Summary: Welcome to the official The Willing Equine podcast! A podcast dedicated to improving the horse/human relationship, encouraging science based and ethically minded horse training, and a species appropriate way of keeping horses. Support this podcast:

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 Ep 39 // Love Without Conditions | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2498

I've gone back and forth on whether to do this episode or not... annnnnddddd here we are. Be warned, this is a very emotional episode. This episode is dedicated to my late mare Tiger (she's the podcast cover photo), and all that she taught me. I explain some more about how I lost her, her history, why TWE is even here, and expand on a recent instagram post I did about love that comes with conditions. ✦✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

 Ep 38 // When Horses Don't Like Food Reinforcement | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2835

It's not that common, horses not wanting to take food from a human, but it happens to varying degrees from time to time... So I think this is an important topic to address! What do you do when your horse doesn't want to take food from you, but you want to train with positive reinforcement? In this episode, we take a deeper look at the statement "my horse doesn't like food, or working for food" and problem solve why that might be! ✦✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

 Ep 37 // Riding With R+ (Clicker Training) | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3266

Brought to you by popular request... An entire episode about riding with positive reinforcement and clicker training. In this episode I talk about what it looks like, why the stopping for food isn't a big deal, how you build up to more complex behaviors, I compare the process between R- and R+ training under saddle of teaching a young horse to carry a rider, there's a brief discussion about completing with positive reinforcement trained horses, and so much more! ✦✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

 Ep 36 // Achieving Balance | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2614

In this episode I take a broad topic or "idea" and apply it to many areas of horse training. We dive into what balance looks like, how we can achieve it, what areas it's important to prioritize it in, and so much more! ✦✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

 Ep 35 // Aggression Within The Herd | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3063

I can't tell you how many times I've heard, and continue to hear, about horses that can't be turned out with other horses because they are too aggressive or.. because the other horses are too aggressive towards them. It's unfortunate that the individual horses are often blamed for this, or that it's considered a problem that has no solution many times, when really there is a LOT we can do to provide our horses with the peaceful social lives they need ✦✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

 EP 34 // Conversations With Family, Friends, and Professionals | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3271

This longer episode all about having conversations with family, friends, and professionals within the equestrian community who have a different approach to keeping or training horses than you do. It's also about dealing with negativity, skepticism, and criticism from those who don't understand why you keep and train horses the way you do. At the end of the episode I invite my listeners to share with me their own stories! I only mentioned sharing stories where you've made a positive influence on other people, but I'd love to hear of how someone else made a positive impact on your horsemanship journey as well. ✦✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

 Ep 32 // Punishment's Impact On Trust | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2022

In this episode I talk about what trust in a relationship looks like, what creates trust, and how punishment impacts that trust... And I also briefly touch on how we can use other approaches to train/resolve problem behaviors without the use of punishment to maintain the relationship. ✦✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

 Ep 33 // What Is Confidence? | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2260

In this episode, three of my students join me to talk about what confidence looks like for horses and for ourselves.. and how do we "train" confidence? What does confidence even mean? Is a horse born confident or un-confident? What are the factors that go into helping us feel confident; confident riders, confident handlers, and confident trainers. And what are the factors that go into helping our horses feel confident. -- This episode was recorded from a video conversation, so you'll have to forgive the fact that it sounds like I'm in a tin can. It wasn't originally intended for podcast listening. And a big thanks to Anastasia Konova, Kari Naumann, and Tessa Goddard for being willing to share with us this conversation!  ✦✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

 Ep 31 // Progress Not Perfection | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2492

Are you a perfectionist at heart? Or feel like maybe you should be? Then this episode is for you! I dive deep into my struggle with perfectionism and how it has impacted my horsemanship journey, my everyday life, my business, and more. ✦✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

 Ep 30 // Training vs Management | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1963

If we are being honest with ourselves, there is really only so many hours in the day. How do we choose which behaviors and things to manage and which to train? In this episode I share a little about my own process and why for many situations management is all you need! While in others .. I think you're doing a disfavor to your horse to only manage the situation. ✦✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

 Ep 29 // Motherhood and Horses | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1878

I've been asked quite a few times how I achieve working, having horses, and being a mother .. how I manage all that. In this episode I get a little raw and personal with you guys and share my strengths and weaknesses, the challenges I've faced, and some tips and tricks I've learned along the way. ✦✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

 Ep 28 // The Ethical Use Of R+ | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2299

"Effectiveness is not enough" is something I say a lot (quoting Dr. Susan Friedman), and I mean it. R+ (positive reinforcement) is a VERY powerful and effective way to teach our horses behaviors we would like them to do and know, but it's not inherently more ethical or "morally sound" way of training. I explain why in this episode and also share some of the ways I modify my training to focus on ethical training practices.  ✦✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

 Ep 27 // Finding Middle Ground In Our View Of Horses | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1802

Bex, of Positively Together, joins me all the way from New Zealand in this podcast episode where we answer a question we received from a student. "How to find the middle ground between seeing our horses as objects for our use (machines/sports equipment) and seeing them as over romanticized magical spiritual leaders?" ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

 Ep 26 // Changes We Can Make 2 | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3585

In this episode I'm adding on to my previous episode about changes we can make to improve our horsemanship, improve our horse's lives, and ways we can make a world of difference in our relationships with our horses. These are practical every day application ideas that can sometimes magically cure a lot of behavioral issues. I also discuss the idea of making changes as you can, it's not an all or nothing kind of situation, and how to be okay with knowing that we are doing the best we can with what we know right now. ✦✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

 Ep 25 // Changes We Can Make | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3182

In this episode I've collected together some ideas of ways we can work to have a kinder and more ethically minded approach to interacting and keeping horses. A lot of this episode is focused on training practices (R+ or not), but there are some practical husbandry ideas too. At the end I ask you guys for some help in prepping for the second part of this topic! I'd love to do a follow up with ideas from you guys. ✦✦ ✦ ✦ ✦ --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:


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