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!
What happens when a dedicated hunter rider walks into the jumper ring? Find out on this episode of the podcast where I'll be sharing my first experience in the jumper ring after spending many years in Hunterland.
Scotland, leather work, and all things saddles on this episode of the podcast. We're finally debriefing from Miranda's saddle making course in Scotland.
We'll be bantering about what it was like traveling to a foreign country solo, the importance of a well constructed saddle, and what you should look for next time you are in the market for a saddle.
Should your horse be barefoot or should you put shoes on him? What are the disadvantages and advantages to each?
We're sharing our thoughts from the viewpoint of the horse owner and having dealt with this very struggle with our own horses. Listen now and join the conversation in the comments below!
We pay a lot of money to get dirty in our most expensive clothes, give up social lives, and can never seem to get enough of the smell of horse manure.
'Horse people' seem to be a breed of their own, in this episode we're talking about what it means to be a part of this crazy equestrian life.
P.S. We've also started a book club! Click Here to Watch the First Episode.
Once you've lost your confidence as a rider, gaining it back is a difficult and challenging road.
If we are being really honest, riding horses can be really scary sometimes. Any bad experience we have in the saddle can leave us feeling less confident and thinking about all the 'what ifs'.
In this episode we are squashing the stigma and saying why it is okay to not always 'get back on the horse'.
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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.