#022 Common Rider Problems Part III of III – Seat

Do you wish you could improve your seat as a rider? Have you ever watched those videos of Stacey Westfall and wished that you could ride bareback like that? If that is the case, then you are in the right place. This week, we are finishing up a three part series on common rider problems. In this installment, we are going to discuss how to improve your seat.

Missed part I of the series? Check it out at www.acowgirlandherhorse.com/podcast019.

Missed part II of the series? Check it out at www.acowgirlandherhorse.com/podcast021.

#021 Common Rider Problems Part II of III – Legs

Regardless of how long you have been riding, improving your legs as a rider should always be a goal. Many riders struggle with their riding because they are not using their legs effectively. This may be caused by a number of things including just having bad habits, as well as incorrect stirrup length. In this week’s episode, Katrina continues with her common rider problems series by addressing common issues that riders have with their legs. Plus, if want to strengthen your legs so that you can be a more effective rider, be sure to stay tuned.

Missed part I of the series? Check it out at www.acowgirlandherhorse.com/podcast019.

#020 A Year In Review – 2019 Barrel Racing

Another year is in the books and 2019 barrel racing did not disappoint! In this week’s episodes, Katrina puts a bow on the year that was 2019. She first goes over some highlights from the year, including the controversy that was this year’s Kentucky Derby, Emily Miller’s amazing 4th of July run, Lisa Lockhart’s win at the Calgary Stampede and much, much more!

In the second part of the episode, Katrina reflects on her 2019 and encourages you to reflect on your own.

#019 Common Rider Problems Part I of III – Hands

Whether you do barrel racing, cutting, dressage, jumping or trail riding, all of us should be striving to improve our riding skills. Many riders are completely oblivious that they are sending their horses confusing and contradictory signals. Because of that, I have decided to focus this episode on the most common rider problems that I see and how to fix them. I will go through issues with hands, legs and seat but keep in mind that they are all interrelated. The three types of aids work best if you use the correctly together. This means that, if you don’t have the greatest hands in the world, the fact that you have amazing leg cues may not completely compensate. You need to focus on all three areas and work on improving your weak spots in order to become a great rider.

In this episode, Katrina kicks off the first part of a three part series about improving your riding skills. This first installment focuses on improving your hands. Want to improve your hands while riding? Tune in!

#018 2019 NFR Barrel Racing Rounds 6 – 10

The 2019 National Finals Rodeo is in the books and it was quite the ten days of rodeo! This week, Katrina continues off where she left off last week by going through the barrel racing in rounds six through ten. Missed how it all ended up? Get all the nitty gritty details here. Learn who had the fastest time of the NFR, who placed in the most rounds, which horse made his 85th run in the Thomas and Mack, and much, much more!

#017 2019 NFR Barrel Racing Rounds 1 – 5 Recap

We’ve made it through five rounds of the 2019 NFR barrel racing. Five rounds down, five to go. This week on A Cowgirl and Her Horse, Katrina does a recap of the first half of the 2019 NFR. Who is still in contention for the world title? Who is excelling in the Thomas and Mack? Who is struggling? If you are a NFR barrel racing fan, you won’t want to miss this episode!

#016 Horse Fundamentals For Barrel Racing

There are certain fundamentals for barrel racing that a horse needs to be proficient in before they are ever introduced to the pattern. Many horses, unfortunately, are not given that basic training before they are put into barrel racing training. As such, the process becomes much more difficult and the horse may never live up to its potential. Fundamentals are key. They are like the ABCs. You need to learn the alphabet before you can learn how to read and write. Teach your horse the ABCs and, not only will teaching the barrel pattern be a breeze, but you will also have a horse that will maintain a good pattern long term.

This week on the podcast, Katrina goes through the things that your horse absolutely needs to know before being introduced to the pattern. If you are starting one, be sure that you have all of these checked off your list.

Have a horse that is already patterned but are having issues? Go back and review this list of fundamentals to ensure that there are no holes in your training.

#015 – 2019 NFR Barrel Racing Preview

Who’s ready for some NFR barrel racing?! We are just days away from the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which means that it’s time for a preview of the fifteen lucky ladies that will be running down the alleyway, starting on December 5th. Can Hailey Kinsel repeat the success that she had last year? Will one of the rookies surprise us all? Tune into this week’s episode as Katrina discusses each of the barrel racers that will be competing in this year’s NFR.

In addition, Katrina does a bit of a throwback this week by reading her most visited blog post ever about last year’s NFR.

#014 Tips For Riding In The Fall And Winter

Winter Riding. Yes, it’s that time of year. Whether we like it or not, fall is here and winter is fast approaching. That means that keeping our horses in shape and on a conditioning program can be difficult. Snow, wind, ice, and freezing temperatures all make riding inconvenient and sometimes dangerous. To ensure that you keep your horse in the best shape possible, Katrina (a seasoned pro when it comes to winter riding) goes over some tips for fall and winter riding.

#013 Cushing’s Disease

Cushing’s disease is a heartbreaking disease that, unfortunately, a large percentage of horses and ponies are at risk of. Earlier this year, Katrina had to put her beloved pony, Paddy, down after suffering with Cushing’s disease. It was heartbreaking for Katrina, who had no prior knowledge about Cushing’s disease. As a way of ensuring that others are able to more readily detect the disease and give their horse’s the best care to delay its effects, this episode is devoted entirely to Cushing’s disease.

While this episode should not be a substitute for discussions with your veterinarian, it will give you a working knowledge about what Cushing’s disease is and what life looks like once a horse or pony is diagnosed with it.