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When making the decision to bring our horses home, it is easy to forget about how their social environment will change, and what effects that may have on how they’re able to perform their jobs as riding or driving partners. The fantasy of a two-stall barn right outside your back door is a lovely one, but the reality of having two or three horses me…
 
Even if your horses graze on acres of lush pasture for most of the year, there is always a need for hay on a horse farm. For many horses, and for many different reasons, pasture is not an option as a primary source of forage, which means buying hay becomes a critical part of every barn manager’s or horse owner's job. And it can be a tricky task. In…
 
Horses can have a powerful impact on human beings. In fact, many of us believe our horses to be valid therapy for our mental health. But horses are individuals, with unique personalities. How we combine with those personalities shapes our relationship with them-whether as pets, performance horses, or therapy partners. In this episode, Helena is joi…
 
My guest today is Ashley Newman, a Stall and Stable listener from Atlanta, Georgia, who just bought her first farm. Ashley is in the process of setting things up for her own horses, while putting plans into place to one day welcome boarders, as well. In this episode, we chat about digging trenches, round bales catching fire, trailer mishaps, workin…
 
Well, well, well, it’s been an interesting three months of learning, coping, and evolving here at Hoo Hollow! From mental health and crazy horses, to shattered splint bones and a new truck, there’s a lot to cover. No matter how long you’ve been involved with horses, or how much you think you know, there is ALWAYS room for learning… and a slice or t…
 
Innovation in the horse industry is always an exciting thing! Whether that's research findings in veterinary care, a high tech pitch fork, new training techniques, or software designed to make life a little easier for riders and barn managers. Today’s episode includes a conversation with the founders of Strider, a new, digital platform that allows …
 
If there was a deity to worship in the world of barn design, John Blackburn would most certainly fit the bill! John is the principal of Blackburn Architects, inarguably producing some of the world's most beautiful and practical equestrian facilities today. With a focus on barns that can safely and elegantly serve horses of all kinds, in all discipl…
 
Historically, most horse farms were designed and built with human needs in mind, The horses’ needs weren’t necessarily ignored, but they were (and often still are) secondary in the design and planning phases of equestrian properties. But, as we build new farms and update existing ones, we have the chance to change that. We have the chance to create…
 
We know so much more about our horses needs today than we did 10 or 20 years ago. Research, technology, and the internet have allowed us to learn and share information about horse care like never before. One of things we have learned of late is that healthy horses and hooves depend a lot not just on how much time horses are turned out, but what the…
 
This month, the Stall and Stable Pro Clinic series featured the legendary USET competitor and coach, Bernie Traurig to Seapowet Stables in Tiverton, Rhode Island. A small group of riders and auditors got the chance to experience top-level instruction that was surprisingly simple. This episode features a few key takeaways from the clinic - from a ri…
 
When you walk into a barn, can you sense the overall energy of the place? Are the horses happy? Is the barn clean and tidy. How are you greeted by the staff? All of these details are driven by one thing… the barn manager. Good energy in a barn starts with good leadership and works its way down to the tiniest of elements – and creatures. My guest to…
 
Stall and Stable listeners are the BEST listeners ever! In getting know some of you over the last year, I am both overjoyed and humbled by the stories you share with me. Stories about your barns, your horses, your accomplishments, and your challenges. It’s really starting to feel like a family. Today, Helena welcomes a listener from South Carolina …
 
Last weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting Tik Maynard for a 2-day clinic in the Ocean State. It was a very enlightening two days! Advanced Eventer, Horse Trainer, and author, Tik Maynard, is a quality human being. You sorta need to be if you're going to convince horses to be awesome, and Tik does that without even thinking about it. Do you how h…
 
When you finally get your horses home, there is no other feeling like it. Looking out your window and seeing your favorite creatures enjoying life under your care is one of THE most gratifying experiences for a horse lover. But there’s a flip side. Happy Horsekeeping isn’t as easy as it sometimes seems. While we can design our barns, yards, and tur…
 
There’s a wonderful surge in horse adoptions this year. Many rescue horses, however, are in poor condition, and that leaves adopters struggling to nurture their horses back to good physical and mental health. Our guest in this episode is Dr. Stacey Boswell, an equine veterinarian whose new book, The Ultimate Guide to Horses in Need, covers the most…
 
We're having a conversation about stall doors today. If you're a barn geek like us, every design element in a barn is meaningful, but perhaps none so much as doors, which can be used dozens of times a day. Doors need to be safe, efficient, functionally compatible with your barn's workflow, and of course, handsome. Join Helena and guest, Nick Thornt…
 
What’s so great about boarding? Lots of things, actually! Helena chats with return guest, Terry Golson, of the Cooperative Horse today, about Terry's recent move to a new boarding barn that has turned out to be quite the surprise for her and her American Paint Horse, Tonka. "Terry is one of my favorite people to talk with because she’s not just a h…
 
In today’s episode, we revisit a favorite book of ours; The Compassionate Equestrian. The book describes 25 principles that compassionate equestrians use as a guide to create healthy and productive relationships with their horses. As we circle back to the principles of compassion when we work with our horses, this episode’s conversation digs deeper…
 
In another installment of "Siouxsie and the Solitary Witch", Helena catches listeners up on the first year (and canter!) with her OTTB mare, Siouxsie. --- One of the hardest things to overcome when you work by yourself, and you're a bit of an overachiever, is to stop second-guessing yourself. And lemme tell ya, a Thoroughbred in your back yard will…
 
#BlackLivesMatter means the black community deserves to be heard, embraced, and celebrated, especially in the horse world. We are Equestrians first, whether we’re bay or gray shouldn’t matter, and yet it does. Still. In an effort to move the dial of racism down to zero, Helena talks with two smart, young women who know a thing or two about horses, …
 
One of great things about podcasting is the opportunity to connect with other horse owners and sharing their stories and ideas for happy horsekeeping. We welcome one such listener today, Lori Rodriguez, from Tallahasse, Florida. Lori shares with us a bit about her life as a new backyard horse owner in the Sunshine State, including how she handles t…
 
Today’s episode was going to be about bailing twine. In light of the recent events in America, the discussion will instead be about how having our horses at home can teach us about silver linings. For every frustration, every complaint, every step backwards we take in our horse lives, there’s a blessing hidden just beyond it. Stick around and see i…
 
There’s been a lot of activity at our place these last few months. The quarantine has us sheltering in place here in Rhode Island, but that doesn’t mean there’s been a lack of things to do. On the contrary! From finishing our new hay shed, to major driveway construction, Buck and I have been busy little bees. Stick around to find out what inspired …
 
We had an entirely different episode planned for today. Dr. Karyn Malinowski, was kind enough to agree to a 2-part series on horse keeping at Rutgers University Equine Science Center. Well, we got part 1 down okay, but as we connected last week to begin recording part 2, Dr. Malinowski and Helena found that their casual conversation about their hor…
 
Dr. Karyn Malinowski, an accomplished equine scientist, is the Founding Director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES). She joins Helena in this episode to talk about current best practices in horsekeeping. Listen in to hear about how the experts at Rutgers manage things like the dietary requ…
 
As we move closer to peak infection rates of coronavirus in the United States, more and more states are reporting their hospitals becoming overburdened with sick patients, healthcare workers are also becoming infected. This makes any visit to the hospital an especially risky one. The governing bodies of most equestrian sports have issued notices to…
 
It may seem odd, at a time like this, to talk about saving time, when we’re all locked in our homes with nothing but time. But it’s actually a great time to talk about time. While our everyday lives have slowed to a crawl, let’s take this opportunity to get creative about the ways in which we can optimize our time at the barn so we can enjoy every …
 
Meghan Hamilton runs a quality dressage training facility in southern New England. Like all horse owners, managing the manure pile is something she calculates into the cost of doing business. Unlike others, however, Meghan's manure pile isn't in her debit column. Nope. Meghan has actually turned her horses' manure into a profit center using a prett…
 
If you ask 10 equestrians what "quality" means in terms of horse care, there is no doubt you will get ten different answers! That's a problem when business owners open their barns for boarding. It may not be their problem, but it is certainly a problem for the customer - the horse owner. As with any equestrian professional or service provider, accr…
 
This episode gets a little personal, and that's Helena for you! She is the kind of "girl" who wears her big ole bleeding heart on her sleeve, welcoming anyone willing to listen to join in on her story. But this isn’t a sad story; it’s a happy one. Well, it’s both, actually. And that’s what horses do for us. They help us uncover parts of ourselves t…
 
In horses, we’re always looking to build the better mousetrap. Whether it’s a product or service that saves time, money, or headaches, we’re all about it. Of course, there’s a balancing point between the cost of bringing a new product into your barn and the benefit that product offers. In this episode, Helena reviews her experience with a new type …
 
Piggybacking off of episode 24 and the concept of horse people carving out professional niches for themselves, today’s topic covers one of those niches - professional Groom. There are so many different responsibilities when it comes to horse care, and it kinda makes sense that as our industry evolves, and our higher education system starts supporti…
 
The winner of our Trafalgar Square Books free book giveaway contest is announced in this episode, along with some personal updates that you may find interesting. The life of the backyard horse owner is as different for each of us as we are different from one another. At the same time, there are SO many things we have in common. Perhaps Helena’s exp…
 
I think we’ve all experienced that dreaded moment when your farrier says, “I have bad news; I’m moving to the moon.” Ha! It doesn’t matter where she or he is moving, if they can’t take care of your horses feet anymore, they may as well be moving to the moon. Your heart sinks, you start to sweat, and then the real panic sets in. Where on earth am I …
 
We’re going world class today with a guest who works at the top level of our sport. She’s the kind of person who’s brain I could pick for days on end and still never feel satisfied. Her name is Emma Ford, and her career as a professional groom, most notably as Olympian Phillip Dutton’s groom, affords her an expertise in horse care that few can riva…
 
For the small horse property owner, keeping grass turnout grassy enough to be an asset is always a challenge. And while we can’t stop horses from being hard on the land upon which they live, we can take certain steps to reduce the damage they do to their paddocks. In this episode, Helena shares 10 tips for helping to keep your small turnout in tip-…
 
In our continuing series on books we recommend for your stable's library, we discover a new horse training program called The Compassionate Equestrian. The book, The Compassionate Equestrian, co-authored by Susan Gordon and Dr. Allen Schoen, DVM, MS, describes the 25 principles that compassionate equestrians use as a guide to create healthy, happy,…
 
Our guest this week is Dr. Bob Grisel, DVM, an equine lameness specialist and author of the book, Equine Lameness for the Layman; a must-have book for any serious horseman's library. With a helpful glossary of technical terms, lots of illustrations, and the brilliant use of QR codes and videos that complement specific sections of text, you will rea…
 
Wouldn't it be great if every barn could have it's own little library in the tack room, stocked with books old and new about horses and horsemanship? Working with our friends at Trafalgar Square Publishing, the Harris clan is building up our library of treasured reading material. The first new book in our updated library is already a favorite: In t…
 
If you are plagued by a growing manure pile and no solid plan for disposal, you’ll appreciate today’s chat about ideas that can relieve your manure pile stress. In this episode, Helena welcomes back her horse husband, Buck, and they discuss some of the more popular options for manure management and removal, what they tend to cost, as well as the pr…
 
Our dreams and realities don’t always match up. While many of us would love to have a stable full of happy, healthy horses, and satisfied boarders, it rarely ever works out the way we imagine it should. That doesn’t mean, however, it can’t be awesome. In this episode of the Stall and Stable show, Helena is joined by guest, Sheri Grunska, author and…
 
If you dream about owning your own horse property, or if you have one you need to sell, you will appreciate Helena's chat with real estate expert, Megan Stout, of Results Real Estate Solutions. Not only is Megan a great realtor, she’s also the Hunt Secretary for Full Cry Hounds in Huntsville, Alabama. As a life-long equestrian with experience in ma…
 
Have you ever wondered where your hay comes from? In this episode, we learn about what it takes to produce the most important component of a horse’s diet. Plus, we learn about things like how spot a good bale when you see one, how to measure moisture content, prevent spontaneous combustion, and more. This is an episode that's chock full of really i…
 
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