So, you want to be a trainer?
Being a trainer, or even a groom, sounds like a glamorous career right? You get to ride all you want, be your own boss (sometimes), and spend your entire day at the barn. It doesn't get any better than that right?
But, to be a professional in the horse industry takes a very special person. And, to be honest, it isn't for everyone.
If you've always dreamed of a job in the horse industry, in today's episode you'll find advice for how to find your place and how to know if being a trainer is right for you!
Ice, wind, snowstorms, oh my! Winter is in full swing here in the Northeastern United States. After the holidays most trainers load up their trailers, load their horses on commercial haulers, and head to sunny Florida for the worst of the winter months.
Then there is the rest of us.
Those of us who stay tough out the cold winter weather, but it comes with its own set of challenges. In this episode you'll find a winter survival guide:
*What is Better? Wool or Fleece Coolers?
*Wool Cooler Care
*How to Combat Static
*Important Health Concerns to Keep in Mind
*Best Winter Boots for at the Barn (Dover not longer has the boots I mentioned available - sorry!)
P.S. We didn't address clipping on this episode because we've discussed it before! Click Here for the Clip or Not to Clip Episode
We're back! In this episode, hear us discuss how to figure out which bit you should try and how to even know where to start...
I'll also share all about my first experience with a safety vest.
Plus, we're talking training tools. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
This week we are joined by equestrian life coach, Jenna Knudsen! In this episode, Jenna is going to share a few simple habits that can make a huge impact on your life (and you can start them right now) plus how she has created a community of supportive riders that is for anyone!
Click Here to Learn More from Jenna and Get Your Planner!
This week we are answering some listener questions on things like the best helmets for showing and what is a school show? Plus sharing Miranda's first horse show experience with Gerti!
In these pictures, you'll see my horse Zeke, a Thoroughbred gelding with more personality than you could ever imagine.
A horse that loves his meals and tummy scratches and hates the rain. He was never much for horse friends, he enjoyed being around people.
For every early morning ride, he would meet me in the pasture with his gentle nuzzle and we always made time for scratches in all his favorite places. He told me when he was cold, he told me when he was hungry, he let me know when my saddle started not fitting right.
But last week he told me he was sick. His eyes met mine as he looked at his belly and we both knew we were in for a long night ahead. After doing everything we could for him, Zeke was relieved from his pain early this morning.
I'm telling you this story because I hope you'll take the time to go on adventures together with your horse because you truly never know how long you will be able to enjoy their company. I know that I would do anything to have another day with this big beautiful red-head who taught me so much about riding and life.
Make the most of every day with your horse, or if you don't own one of the lesson horses that are kind enough to be a part of our journey. Take part in the world of your horse, share experiences together, and discover harmony with them.
Saying goodbye is never easy, but having a plan in place can help you make the right decision for you and your horse in the case of an emergency. We're chatting about the importance of putting the horse's health and welfare first. Plus Miranda shares her first experience off the farm at a horse show with her green horse, Gerti!
Canter Banter is hosting a Costume Class! Tag us on social or send your submission via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and be entered to win horse treats! Contest closes 11/2 and we will announce the winner in our 11/3 episode!
Leaves turn color, temperatures cool down, and horses turn into kites. Welcome to Fall, the three months before winter aka our favorite season. Back in the spring, we did a checklist to get ready for the upcoming summer season so this episode we'll be sharing our tips for winding down for fall. Whether you are preparing to go south or braving the cold somewhere take a listen! Also, you can click here to get our saddle fitting guide!
We're self proclaimed people pleasers - we do anything and everything to make those around us happy, and I think this is a trait amongst so many equestrians.
In this episode we want you to feel empowered to say no when it comes to commitments, things you aren't sure about, and to maintain you and your horse's confidence.
You can click here to read the blog I mentioned about balancing the aspects of life as an adult amateur!
Victims of sexual assualt and misconduct finally have a voice thanks to Safe Sport from US Equestrian but when one of the industry's most renowned trainer is in the hot seat we as equestrians all need to take a step back and look out for one another.
We won't be reporting on whether or not we think George is guilty of what he's been accused for - that isn't our job. Instead, we'll be sharing our thoughts about how we, together as a community, can keep our sport fun and safe for everyone.
For more information on Safe Sport, click here.
In this week's rant we're on a roll about saddle standards and what you need to look out for because what you think you are ordering might not be what you are actually recieving. Check out the photos below!
P.S. We also mentioned the book about 'suffering in silence' and misspoke that was a book by Dr. Joyce Harman but it is actually Jochen Schleese's book on saddle fitting!
Meet Your Hosts
The Canter Banter equestrian podcast hosted by two adult amateur riders, Miranda and Julia. Bringing over 20 years of experience in the horse industry to your headphones. Join us as we discuss hot debates, our ride-or-die favorite products, plus our learning experiences along the way.