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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:… read more

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Ep 39 // Love Without Conditions

September 23rd, 2020


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 …

Ep 38 // When Horses Don't Like Food Reinforcement

August 26th, 2020


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 …

Ep 37 // Riding With R+ (Clicker Training)

August 13th, 2020


Brought to you by popular request... An entire episode about riding with positive reinforcement and clicker training. In this episode I talk about …

Ep 36 // Achieving Balance

July 31st, 2020


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! …

Ep 35 // Aggression Within The Herd

July 9th, 2020


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. …

EP 34 // Conversations With Family, Friends, and Professionals

June 13th, 2020


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 …

Ep 32 // Punishment's Impact On Trust

June 8th, 2020


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 …

Ep 33 // What Is Confidence?

May 28th, 2020


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 …

Ep 31 // Progress Not Perfection

April 29th, 2020


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 …

Ep 30 // Training vs Management

April 16th, 2020


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 …

Ep 29 // Motherhood and Horses

April 7th, 2020


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, …

Ep 28 // The Ethical Use Of R+

March 24th, 2020


"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 …

Ep 27 // Finding Middle Ground In Our View Of Horses

March 11th, 2020


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 …

Ep 26 // Changes We Can Make 2

February 25th, 2020


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. …

Ep 25 // Changes We Can Make

February 12th, 2020


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 …

Ep 24 // Communication Errors

January 29th, 2020


It's not uncommon to see horses appearing grumpy or offering behaviors seemingly out of control when the trainer is just learning to implement an R+ …

Ep 23 // Personality, Labels, and Training

January 13th, 2020


Left brained, right brained, introverted, extroverted, lazy, friendly, stubborn, playful, dominant, submissive, gentle, sweet, rude, competitive, …

Ep 22 // A Little History

January 1st, 2020


In this episode I get a little more personal and talk about my journey to developing TWE. The ups, the downs, the challenges, and how I arrived here ... I hope this episode is inspiring to anyone who has their heart set …

Ep 21 // Responsible Horse Ownership

November 19th, 2019


Let's be real, horse ownership isn't all rainbows and butterflies. In fact, there's a LOT of responsibility and stress that goes along with caring for these beings we love so much. In this episode I answer a listener's …

Ep 20 // Fitness and Easy Keepers

November 6th, 2019


It's a question I get a lot... How do I work safely with food rewards with a horse prone to founder, gaining weight, or that really needs to get into shape but has zero motivation to do so. Well... Here you go! This …

Ep 19 // Resilient R+ Horses

October 23rd, 2019


Let's talk about stress. Let's talk about "negative" and "positive" stress. Let's talk about chronic and acute stress. Let's talk about how it impacts training, and whether or not training with positive reinforcement …

Ep 18 // It's Not A Training Issue

September 19th, 2019


Story time! This episode is the recap of a real life "walk the talk" moment with one of my horses that happened all in a single day. When I'm talking about not using punishment, giving the horse the benefit of the …

Ep 17 // Horses That Aren't Your Own

August 28th, 2019


In this episode I answer a listener's question about how to interact with horses that aren't your own, in a positive way! I discuss four different ways you can do this, briefly address the idea of respect (not in the …

Ep 16 // Clicker Training For Yourself (and others)

August 8th, 2019


Wouldn't it be nice if we could clicker train people? I mean, technically.. there's the science for it and it does work (look up TagTeach), but I …

Ep 15 // When There Are No R+ Trainers Nearby

July 24th, 2019


Until recently, horse training has been rather localized. If you wanted to learn how to train a horse, you found a nearby trainer. If you wanted to become a horse trainer, you went to work for a local horse trainer. …

Ep 14 // Damage Control

July 6th, 2019


"Damage control" AKA what to do when your horse is already over their fear threshold, and losing their mind. can we keep both them and us safe …

Ep 13 // The Horse-Human Bond

June 26th, 2019


Do you have a "bond" with your horse? is riding tackless proof of having a bond with you horse? What if you don't ride, let alone tack-less, can you still have a bond with your horse? In this episode I discuss my …

Ep 12 // Looking For An Equine Companion

June 14th, 2019


Looking for your future equine companion/partner is challenging and stressful. it's a big decision! Especially if you go into it looking to make a …

Ep 11 // They Train Us Too

June 8th, 2019


As much as we want to focus on training our horses, it's important to remember there are two learners in the relationship with your horse. With every interaction we are learning, as are they. ✦

Ep 10 // What Defines Abuse?

May 29th, 2019


In this episode I talk with Sara Kalenkiewicz ( @equineapprentice ) about what horse abuse looks like in a wide variety of situations. I know this sounds like a terrible episode, but I think you may find it really …

Ep 9 // Let Your Horse Teach You

May 14th, 2019


We talk all the time about how the horse is the greatest teacher...but do we let them teach us? What about when what they need to teach us doesn't fit our "goals" and dreams?


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Ep 8 // An Update

May 8th, 2019


This episode is a little unique, but I hope you enjoy! Its an update all about what's been going on with the horses and I at TWE this past month.


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Ep 7 // Comparisons

April 24th, 2019


Whether it's someone on Instagram, or another boarder at the barn, comparing yourself and your horse to others is so easy.. yet so damaging...


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Ep 6 // Prep For Success

April 2nd, 2019


What does the quote "By failing to prepare, we are preparing to fail." have to do with horse training? How can we prep for success?


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Ep 5 // Labels vs Solutions

March 15th, 2019


Labeling symptoms and trying to fix labels is a fruitless endeavor. It's short lived patchwork. We need to go straight to the source to find a true …

Ep 4 // Your Horse's Defender

March 1st, 2019


We can't be so busy worrying about everyone else's opinions and feelings that we forget about ourselves or our horses. You are your horse's one and only voice.


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Ep 3 // How To Re-train Yourself

February 17th, 2019


Training or re-training a horse is one thing, "re" training ourselves is a whole new level of challenging. In this episode I discuss the process I …

Ep 2 // Relationships and Classical Conditioning

February 6th, 2019


How are relationships made? What is trust built on? In this episode I dive into how your every interaction with your horse lays a foundation for your relationship, and how you can build a positive trusting relationship …

Ep 1 // A Horse's Purpose

February 2nd, 2019


Does your horse have a purpose? Were they bred to jump or show western pleasure? How does this impact your relationship with your horse? In this episode I break down what your horse knows about it's life and it's human …

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