Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 94: The Great Horse Vacuum Episode

Ellie’s been dying to talk about horse vacuums, so here we are. She’ll answer all your questions. This week, we’re talking to a guest who is taking an unconventional route in dressage and we address some training woes in jumping. Thanks for tuning in.  Click here to stream Episode 94. Special Guest: Maddie Houser is… The post Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 94: The Great Horse Vacuum Episode appeared first on Heels Down Mag.

Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 94: The Great Horse Vacuum Episode

Ellie’s been dying to talk about horse vacuums, so here we are. She’ll answer all your questions. This week, we’re talking to a guest who is taking an unconventional route in dressage and we address some training woes in jumping. Thanks for tuning in. 

Click here to stream Episode 94.


Special Guest:

Maddie Houser is an Adult Amateur dressage rider and competitor based in Central Texas. She began her equestrian adventures at the age of three, and is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist. Maddie is known as The Blonde & The Bay on Instagram where she has documented her journey alongside her beloved mare, Leah, for nearly seven years. Nowadays, she shares and writes about her endeavors with her husband – a team roper, two fluffy roping horses, and a newly acquired Western Pleasure reject who she is developing through the levels of dressage.


More on what we talked about in this episode:

For our sober curious listeners, here’s an NA mocktail recipe. | @wapo

Jess has some updates to share about eventing leadership at the USEF. | @COTH

Big changes are coming to the ASPCA Maclay Finals format. | @COTH

Medieval horses were actually quite small. | @smithsonian

Thanks to all our listeners who continue to support us on Patreon! | @patreon

Product review: Ellie gives us the low down on horse vacuums.

Maddie Houser joins us to talk about bringing a Quarter Horse through dressage training. | @TB&TB

Our hosts discuss training techniques to help Justine improve her horse’s jumping form. | @heelsdown

Mail Bag: Where do you find riding and training exercises to stay motivated through winter?


More about our hosts:

Jessica Payne is a 32-year-old international event rider who is rarely seen without her long-haired chihuahua under her arm. She was born in London, Ontario but grew up in Franklin, Tenn. and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science. She once lost the tip of her pinky finger clipping her 4* horse, and husband Doug says she can “talk to anyone including a wall….and they will like it!”

Ellie Woznica is a 22-year-old freelance book designer and horse trainer because she couldn’t choose which career to pursue and her mom said she wouldn’t make the decision for her. She grew up showing the hunters and jumpers, but in university, she learned to ride western and fell in love with reining. 

Justine Griffin is an award winning 32-year-old journalist who has written about everything from horses to high profile CEOs to her ovaries. (She donated her eggs once.) Two things she loves the most? Whippet puppies and cheese. Justine is a firm believer in unicorns and feminism. So take everything she says with a grain of salt


Thanks to all our sponsors this week: ECOGOLD, Green Flower Botanicals and Candles For Burned-Out Equestrians

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