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Horse Podcast Ep 259: New Zealand – Riding in Middle Earth

Ever since the screening of the Lord of the Rings movies by Peter Jackson, New Zealand’s South Island is on the map of travellers from all over the world. Horses offer an amazing way to discover the amazing mountain landscapes of what people associate with Middle Earth. In today’s podcast episode I am talking with Angie, who organises horse trails and rides on amazing Kiwi Station Horses on the South Island of New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud as it is known by the Maori, the native inhabitants of the country.

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Horse Podcast Ep 258: Trail Riding Portugal

Portugal is the dream for any horse rider, rolling hills and clear rivers, oak forest, rocks and tiny villages built from rough stones. Ute spent two weeks exploring continental Europe’s westernmost country and of course she went trail riding. Riding through Portugal together with long rider Cathleen Leonard, who has recently made Portugal her home and camping under the stars was a very special experience. In today’s podcast episode Cathleen talks about what it is like to move together with horses to another country and making it her home. We also chat about trail riding in Portugal and our ride together.

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Horse Podcast Ep 257: Horsemanship – Cowboy Dressage – Scandinavian Ponies

Horsemanship or should it be called horseladyship? This past weekend Heather attended a horsemanship clinic where many new techniques were shared and a few new muscles were found. While all levels of riders participated it was fascinating watching how each progressed.  From the young girl on the pony up to the experienced rider on their faithful equine partner. In today’s episode, Heather gives us the inside scoop on attending a horsemanship/cowboy dressage clinic. And like all of our great podcasts, she also shares with us some information on the Scandinavian breeds of horses.

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Horse Podcast Ep 256: Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone, whether you are a mom of a two-legged human or a four-legged fur baby, today is all about you.  Today’s episode honoring mother’s day, covers all the mom topics.  Did you just have a baby, or having a baby soon? Have your kids moved on and now you are ready to hit the trails again? or what about getting your kids to join you out on the trails. Heather shares with us how she returned to riding after her kids lost interest in riding. She also sneaks in some great riding destinations that you might just want to check out. So let’s celebrate a very happy Mother’s day with this special show.

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Horse Podcast Ep 255: Horse Country Ukraine

Horse Riding is a popular sport in the Ukraine, at least it was before the war. I had planned today’s interview weeks before the Russian attack and I had wanted to talk about how it is like to own and ride horses in this huge Eastern European country. The Ukraine is a perfect horse riding destination with a lot of unspoilt nature, hills and forests as well as huge plains. The war forced my interview partner to flee and pushed her life into turmoil. Today we can finally talk about horse riding in the Ukraine, also about what the war means for horse and stable owners and what it is like to wake up one day and realise that the country you live in, is being attacked by its neighbour.

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Horse Podcast Ep 254: Saved by Horses

If you love books, this is the perfect place for you. Once a month, Heather, Ute, and sometimes Krystal, will talk about their favorite horsey book. In today’s episode of the EQA Book Club, Ute is talking with Courtney Maum about her upcoming book The Year of the Horses. In this autobiography, Courtney tells the story of her depression and how she managed with the help of horses to slowly make her way back to a normal, healthy life.

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Horse Podcast Ep 253: Rescuing Horses in Mallorca

Mallorca is one of Europe’s top holiday destinations. The island is situated in the Mediterranean Sea and offers lovely beaches, lots of sunshine and pristine waters. Horses are only the toping of the cake. And yet Lizzie Graham has found them. Having lived in Mallorca for the last twenty years, she now works with rescue horses and helps in organising rides and trails over the island. Todays she shares her fascinating story with us and talks about Mallorca’s horse culture.

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Horse Podcast Ep 252: Horse Sports and Competitions

How many different horse sports and competitions can you name? The list is long with both the English and the western disciplines.  Whether you’re competing on horseback, leading the horse, or driving there are many different horse sports and competitions to participate in.  Competing on horses has been around as long as people have been riding horses. Some early records show that chariot racing in ancient Egyptian times was the original form of horse sports and competition.

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Horse Podcast Ep 251: DIY for Horses

Do you love being creative and work with your hands? Then get ready for some amazing DIY projects for your horse, barn or horsey friends. Make your own horse stuff, unique and personalised. It can save you some money and is a great way of spending some of your time getting active, alone or with your friends or family. Today we talk about our favourite DIY horse projects and what we have always wanted to try.

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Horse Podcast Ep 250: Japan – Land of the Rising Sun

Japan, land of the rising sun! Many have Japan on their bucket list as a destination to visit. Japan is a fascinating land of ancient culture, filled with a stunning landscape including active volcanoes and natural hot springs. In EQA # 250 join Heather and Ute as they share a history lesson on an amazing destination to visit.  From riding at one of the oldest western riding ranches in Japan to perhaps trying your hand at mounted archery, they cover it all.  We learn all about the Cherry blossom festival, and some great eats while you are there. ENJOY.

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