Best Horse Practices Podcast with Jec Ballou

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The Best Horse Practices podcast with Jec Ballou is an enlightened space for riders and horse owners of all disciplines to learn best practices and discover ways to connect better and make progress with their horses. It’s a collaboration between Jec, a renowned trainer and author, and Maddy Butcher, who runs Cayuse Communications and is the author of Horse Head: Brain Science & Other Insights.

From Jec and Maddy:

We believe in problem-solving, having fun, and engaging our audience. We believe in sharing our successes as well as our struggles. We believe in offering take-aways that answer not just the what, but the why and the how.

We interview people who are actively engaged in improving the lives of horses and their owners through best practices, be it directly through riding or through products, research, education, policy, or facility management.

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We also have fun! Each podcast has a few elements that are distinct from the main conversation. It might as simple as a unique horse-related word, a bit of feedback from listeners, pet peeves, soap box stances, a poem, or stories of momentary and epic failure (Maddy’s personal favorite).

This podcast is a work in progress and will be made better with your input. We look forward to hearing from you. Contact us here.

We thank our generous sponsors, Redmond Equine, Kate’s Read Food, Lucerne Farms, Patagonia WorkWear, and Horse & Rider books for their support.

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Our first episode is now live and can be found on all podcast platforms, including Apple Podcast, Spotify, etc.

Listen to Episode 1, featuring Jim Masterson of the Masterson Method

Listen to Episode 2, featuring Warwick Schiller

Listen to Episode 3, featuring Dr. Steve Peters

Listen to Episode 4, featuring Ballou and Butcher

Listen to Episode 5, featuring Amy Skinner

Listen to Episode 6, featuring Rider Fitness with Michael Lingenfelter


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Listen to Episode 7, featuring Saddle Fit with Kristen Vlietstra

Listen to Episode 8, featuring Coaches’ Corner with Katrin Silva

Listen to Episode 9, featuring Patrick King and in-hand work

Listen to Episode 10, with On the Fence & Listener Question

Listen to Episode 11, with Dr. Stacie Boswell on unwanted horses. Plus, Heart Rate Variability

Listen to Episode 12: Coaches’ Corner with Amy Skinner. Plus, the brain

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Listen to Episode 13: Motivation, Communication, Progress

Listen to Episode 14: Mike Mumford

Listen to Episode 15: Dr. Erica Lacher

Listen to Episode 16: Dr. Sara Tanza

Listen to Episode 17: Gayle Ecker

Listen to Episode 18: Gender Gyrations and Coaches’ Corner with Amy Skinner

Listen to Episode 19: On the Fence with Jec and Maddy – Gender Gyrations

Listen to Episode 20: Endurance Rider Becky Hart

Listen to Episode 21: Combined Driving champion Scott Monroe

Listen to Episode 22: Gender Gyrations conversation with Alexis Kanda-Olmstead

Listen to Episode 23: Susan Kauffman and The Essential Hoof

Listen to Episode 24: Mountain biker and trail advocate Matt De Young

Listen to Episode 25: Coaches’ Corner with Amy Skinner. Saddling and beyond.

Listen to Episode 26: What about the horses of Equine Therapy? With Josh McElroy and Toby Cross.

Listen to Episode 27: Mare-Gelding bias, an On the Fence segment with Jec and Maddy

Listen to Episode 28- An interview with Jane Myers of Equiculture

Listen to Episode 29 – Whit Hibbard & Low Stress Stockmanship

Listen to Episode 30 – Coaches’ Corner on Horse Shows, with Amy Skinner and Katrin Silva