Horse Wise

Horse Wise

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The Horse Wise podcast shares stories of horses and people – and what they teach each other. Horses bring wisdom, humor, athleticism and inspiration into our lives. Join host Lynn Reardon as she encounters entertaining characters (horse and human) on her own horsemanship journey.


What kind of qualities does your dream horse have? Find out how I discovered my dream horse this year — much to my surprise and delight.
Nov 1 • 18 min
What’s your dream horse like? Most people have specific ideas about what they want in their dream horse. They make a detailed list of qualities (like height, conformation, bloodlines, movement type, color, discipline training and so on). For me…
Meet Erin Shea of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Erin is a marketing genius, a talented journalist and a dedicated fan of OTTBs. Especially one named Turbo Booster.
Oct 10 • 25 min
This interview is the last of a series in honor of the Retired Racehorse Project TB Makeover event in Oct 2019. Erin Shea and I discuss the history of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (“TAA”) and the evolution of its partnership with the racing…
Meet Erin Crady of Thoroughbred Charities of America. Behind her quiet, multitasking ninja facade, Erin is a true TB aftercare trailblazer, natural disaster hero and rugged pack trip rider.
Sep 27 • 41 min
This interview is part of a series in honor of the Retired Racehorse Project TB Makeover event in Oct 2019. Erin Crady and I have a fascinating discussion about the evolution of Thoroughbred aftercare and TCA’s role in the industry. TCA’s history…
Where to start with your horse? Three simple areas to focus on (without fancy bits, astrology signs or complex training methods).
Sep 14 • 19 min
Confused about what to do with your horse next? I focus on certain core fundamentals — none of which involve fancy bits, complicated training methods or “woo woo” magic. They are discipline neutral and can be applied to any breed of horse. They aren’t…
Meet Sarah Coleman of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. A hilarious superhero, Sarah runs on pink glitter, unicorn images, cheesy quotes and the biggest work ethic ever.
Aug 30 • 37 min
This interview is the first of a series in honor of the upcoming Retired Racehorse Project TB Makeover event in Oct 2019. Sarah Coleman and I have an entertaining talk about racehorse adoption, horse show swag, cat herding techniques and the importance of…
Dr. Jyme Nichols of Bluebonnet Feeds on equine nutrition, Captain Crunch, leaky gut and Snickers bars. The most fun discussion of horse feed science ever!
Aug 19 • 35 min
This interview was full of great information and much laughter! Dr. Jyme Nichols and I have a fascinating discussion on equine nutrition breakthroughs and the parallels to new theories for human nutrition. Issues such as leaky gut, ulcers, inflammation…
Meet Jennifer Holme. A dedicated rider discusses how classical horsemanship helps her dressage goals and partnership with her horses (Teddy and Jade).
Aug 7 • 30 min
Jennifer Holme is a dedicated dressage rider and Horse Wise client. She has two wonderful geldings (Teddy and Jade) who are truly her dream horses. An adult amateur, Jennifer learned to ride as a child. But after a fall, she put aside horses to focus on…
The story of Shadow Warrior, the bravest (and most dangerous) horse I ever owned.
Jul 23 • 37 min
Shadow Warrior was a handsome, well-bred Thoroughbred gelding. His sire, A.P. Indy, was a huge personality at the track. Even now, at age 30, A.P. Indy still has swagger (see link below to his 30th birthday video). Shadow had his father’s good looks,…
What exactly is Horse Wise? The story of my background with horses, the history of Horse Wise and how learning from the horses drew me into the world of coaching.
Jul 6 • 20 min
For me, Horse Wise began in 2007. Back then, I was running a racehorse adoption ranch and blogging about my experiences. Whenever I would write about a key lesson that a horse taught me, I would tag the post as “Horse Wise.” From that beginning, Horse…
A frustrated cowboy couldn’t figure out why his mare was so bad at cow work. How he discovered that the mare was a mirror of his own expectations, thanks to a tactful clinician.
Jun 21 • 12 min
A pretty mare was performing badly in a cow working class. She was anxious about making a mistake and didn’t want to let her cowboy rider down. But it seemed like she always did, no matter how hard she tried. The cowboy was frustrated with the mare and…
Jessica wondered why her horse Blaze was misbehaving “all of a sudden.” How small steps had literally led them to the wrong destination. A CSI case of horse behavior investigation.
Jun 10 • 16 min
Jessica and Blaze were a good team. A seasoned professional horse trainer and competitor, Jessica had worked with many green horses. Blaze, a young OTTB, was her latest training project. He had been one of the calmest horses she had ever worked with. But…
My brilliant (not) career as a polo player. The story of a polo match that brought out both the best and the worst in me.
May 20 • 20 min
Many years ago, I played extremely low goal polo. My small budget (and dismal lack of hitting skills) limited me to an inexpensive practice membership at a local club. Each week, I would play practice chukkers with my duo of polo ponies (Pepe and…
How one good horse taught a cowboy so much more than famous trainers on television.
May 10 • 14 min
When working with horses. it often can be hard to see the difference between technique and approach/tone. Most people understandably will focus on mechanics rather than presentation. But horses respond as much (or more) to tone as they do to technique.…
How an older gelding, a young colt, a noisy trailer and a 60-day guarantee were nearly a recipe for disaster. Two tales of my adventures in learning about awareness and horses.
Apr 18 • 21 min
When I first started a racehorse adoption charity (LOPE), I was a complete novice at running a farm or training green horses. Did this stop me? No, that would have been too easy. Instead I cheerfully plunged ahead, oblivious to potential downsides of my…
How a teenage horse & rider team took the road less traveled (and earned their USDF Bronze medal). Meet the dynamic duo of Cassie and Sasha!
Apr 11 • 11 min
Cassie and her mare Sasha are both teenagers (age 16 and 17 respectively).They’ve been a team for six years (Sasha was Cassie’s 10th birthday present). Together, they have accomplished much in the show world (including US Pony Club Finals and US Dressage…
A veterinarian walks into a comedy club with oil paints, dentistry tools and an easel. Welcome to the world of Dr. Matt Evans DVM.
Mar 29 • 45 min
Dr. Matt Evans DVM is an equine vet, stand-up comic, landscape painter, master gardener and all-around Renaissance man. He decided to become an equine vet even though he had no experience with horses prior to vet school. Matt doesn’t let details like that…
How a wild-eyed colt, a western saddle and a big red horse led to my first ever canter pirouette (thanks to a special cowboy named Peter).
Mar 21 • 14 min
My horse Santo is big, sweet QH with a heart of gold. He also is a very emotional kind of guy. Santo has LOTS of feelings that he wants to share with everyone, all the time. He had some dressage training (not a massive amount, but much more than I had as…
Penny Reeves on Horsemanship vs Show Scores. This is Part 2 of her interview series.
Mar 14 • 21 min
Penny Reeves is the owner of Graymar Farm in Driftwood, TX. In this second part of her interview, Penny discusses the importance of horsemanship over show scores. For her, the horse is an individual to be treated as a partner — both in the show pen and at…
Penny Reeves: The Never Ending Evolution of a Horse Crazy Kid
Mar 4 • 20 min
Penny Reeves is the owner of Graymar Farm in Driftwood, TX. She acquired her first horse in fourth grade (a green broke Tennessee Walker purchased with money she saved). As an adult, she put horses aside to become a parent and grown-up. When her children…
The story of Tulsa Mambo
Feb 25 • 14 min
Tulsa Mambo was an opinionated racehorse with a big personality. He was the first horse I ever met who had a truly sarcastic sense of humor. But underneath that prankster facade, Tulsa had a heart of gold - as well as a heroic sense of chivalry. He first…