Life In The Saddle

Life In The Saddle

Join horseman Ben Longwell as he shares stories & adventures and interviews extraordinary men and women in the equine and ranching industries to gain insight into horsemanship and life itself. As part of his mission to help people and their horses achieve more together, through his business True West Horsemanship Ltd, this show will include horsemanship & training tips, stories, interviews with other industry professionals, and tips for personal development and life applications. http://truewesthorsemanship.com

Episodes

June 24, 2024 52 mins

Ben caught up and recorded this podcast live with Ryan Rose at the Western States Horse Expo. It was fantastic to get to know him better and find out we have a lot of horsemanship philosophies in common. Tune in to hear some of his story and lessons learnt working with horses and people.

 

About Ryan Rose:  Ryan Rose is a professional horse trainer and clinician and teaches workshops and clinics all over the world as well as runnin...

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"Wet saddle blankets" What does this old saying mean? Is it something beneficial or detrimental for our horses? What else does it take to make a great saddle horse? Join me in looking deeper into this topic and some common misunderstandings in the horse world! **Want to help support "Life In The Saddle Podcast"? It takes a lot of time to write, record and edit quality podcast to arrive free to your devices. Consider a one time don...

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Ben was recently interviewed for Best Horse Practices Podcast with Maddy Butcher and we share it here with permission.   This will make a third visit for Ben on the show. In past interviews, he’s had great insight to bitless options as well as nervous horse help. In this episode, we talk about the evolution of horsemanship and different directions people are taking the horse-rider partnership. He often sees the extreme ends of a ...

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January 26, 2024 61 mins

I hope you enjoy this fun conversation as much as I did! Jess and I followed each other on social media for a couple of years before finally meeting face to face last October on my way through Burns, Oregon for this 'in person' podcast. She and her family have an interesting story to tell and adventures we can all learn something from. About Jessica Hedges:  Jess is a cowboy’s wife, mama and homeschool teacher to two buckaroos in ...

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Is it difficult to mount your horse? This can be a common issue but is not the actual problem. Tune into this episode as we dive deeper into the roots of this symptom and address key communication and principles as well as looking at the bigger picture. About "Life in the Saddle" Podcast:  Join horseman Ben Longwell as he shares stories & adventures and interviews extraordinary men and women in the equine and ranching industri...

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Are you just a trail rider? I hear this statement all the time in my clinics and on social media - "I'm just a trail rider..." As if to set the expectation low right out the gate. In this episode, we discuss the need for great communication and proper riding no matter what you intend to be doing in the future with your horse. The need for a trust-based partnership to deal with the 'unexpected' when it happens and the importance of ...

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September 1, 2023 60 mins

It was fascinating to catch up with Michelle earlier in the year and hear more about her history with horses, a wreck breaking her back, and the journey to ride again which she writes about in her books.

About Michelle: Michelle R Scully is an avid horsewoman and animal lover. Michelle and her husband live in northern California where they are part of a multi-generational farming operation. A bad wreck years ago spurred her to sh...

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In this episode, we are going to discuss some communication keys for preparing your horse to be haltered with trust and understanding. These principles apply not only to young horses/foals (starting to halter) and problem-solving cases (where a horse has developed evasive ideas), but also may help you think about your approach to simple tasks, even if you don't have a problem. About "Life in the Saddle" Podcast:  Join horseman Ben...

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Welcome to 'Tales from the Trail' which is a special podcast series we are recording in person as we travel the west during our Winter Clinic Tour. From gear makers and ranchers, to horsemen and other interesting people - tune in to enjoy as they share their stories. I have followed Jeff's work for a number of years now and it was awesome to finally be able to meet in person on the historic Gabilan Ranch. We share several common p...

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Welcome to 'Tales from the Trail' which is a special podcast series we are recording in person as we travel the west during our Winter Clinic Tour. From gear makers and ranchers, to horsemen and other interesting people - tune in to enjoy as they share their stories. I first met Joni when I was about 8 and she gave me my very first paying job - fixing fence on her leases for $2 per hour (I thought I was rolling in it $$$). In 2020...

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February 17, 2023 82 mins

It is always an honor to be able to talk to someone I admire. I have loved Mike Beck's music about horses and the west for as long as I can remember.  Enjoy his stories and wisdom of horses and music.

 

About Mike Beck: Mike Beck is an engaging acoustic solo artist who regularly performs in the United States and Europe. He is a regularly featured performer at The National Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering. Mike has seven albums und...

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Welcome to 'Tales from the Trail' which is a special podcast series we are recording in person as we travel the west during our Winter Clinic Tour. From gear makers and ranchers, to horsemen and other interesting people - tune in to enjoy as they share their stories. It was an absolute privilege to visit with John & Susan Wright of Capriola's and learn more about history of this awesome company supplying quality gear for working c...

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Welcome to 'Tales from the Trail' which is a special podcast series we are recording in person as we travel the west during our Winter Clinic Tour. From gear makers and ranchers, to horsemen and other interesting people - tune in to enjoy as they share their stories. Had a great visit with Keith Seidel of Seidel Saddlery in Cody, Wyoming where we talked about saddle fitting, his history, saddle making, starting colts and more! htt...

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December 6, 2022 49 mins

I was very excited to visit with Duke Phillips - a person I have looked up to for a long time and whose work I find very inspiring. Don't miss this one!!!

About Duke Phillips:

Duke Phillips III, the Founder and CEO of Ranchlands. More than 20 years ago and with only 35 cows to his name, Duke moved his family to the Chico Basin Ranch located on the prairie just outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over the course of two decade...

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Welcome to 'Tales from the Trail' which is a special podcast series we are recording in person as we travel the west during our Winter Clinic Tour. From gear makers and ranchers, to horsemen and other interesting people - tune in to enjoy as they share their stories. Fun to visit Three Forks Saddelrey again after bringing our 2019 Ranch Tour Guests there for a tour of the workshop. Tune in to hear more about what they do to provid...

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Welcome to 'Tales from the Trail' which is a special podcast series we are recording in person as we travel the west during our Winter Clinic Tour. From gear makers and ranchers, to horsemen and other interesting people - tune in to enjoy as they share their stories. It was great to sit down and visit with Scott & Brad from Buckaroo Businesses in Billings, Montana. We have worked with Buckaroo Businesses a long time and value thei...

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September 26, 2022 58 mins

It was such a pleasure to be able to talk to a regenerative agriculture expert like Nicole Masters. My wife, Natalie, and I are still early in our journey to learn more about grazing and ranching with soil health at the forefront of our minds. Nicole and I got to talk specifically about ways to manage grazing for horses, so be sure to check it out! Nicole is offering a 25% discount on her Soil Health Course for Horses!

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It's Story-Time! In these podcasts I share an exciting personal story from my life with horses and the lessons we can learn through the crazy adventures you can find yourself in! About "Life in the Saddle" Podcast:  Join horseman Ben Longwell as he shares stories & adventures and interviews extraordinary men and women in the equine and ranching industries to gain insight into horsemanship and life itself. As part of his mission to...

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In this episode, we are going to discuss some communication keys for a Flighty Horse. Without us digging deeper and helping to build confidence, the flighty horse will be just that, perhaps for the rest of his life. About "Life in the Saddle" Podcast:  Join horseman Ben Longwell as he shares stories & adventures and interviews extraordinary men and women in the equine and ranching industries to gain insight into horsemanship and l...

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Tune in to listen to my conversation with Vicki Wilson, one of New Zealand's top equestrians. I first met Vicki during the inaugural Kaimanawa Stallion Challenge in '14 and we were both presenters/clinicians at the national horse expo for many years.

 

About Vicki Wilson: Vicki Wilson was riding not long after she could walk. She started competitive showjumping at 15, and began working full time with horses when she was about 17 ye...

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