Thursday, September 19, 2019

Another Quick Survey About Horse Jobs

We begin today's show with a brief chat with a University of Guelph BBRM student, who tells us about her horse related summer job at Terre Bleu Lavendar farm, as well as the broader scope of her equine experience.

Then you will hear the first in our series of segments on Employment law, because there is correct way to establish employer-employee relationships with barn help, whether they are casual season staff or full-time employees. The potential costs in the long-term, of misclassifying workers are so significant, that the liability could add up to thousands of dollars, and could literally put your operation out of business, so you'll want to hear some guidelines and best practices. Note that there will be a whole second half hour show dedicated to this very important topic, in the near future, so please listen in to learn the best practices to employ!

You will also hear a new tune from Matt Monoogian, that I found in CFRU's digital library called All Comes Around. He is a multi-instrumentalist I recognize as a player in numerous bands based out of Guelph Ontario (Lowlands, Odd Years, Alanna Gurr). I've heard that his songs are catchy, dark renditions of travel, loss, and heartbreak, and to me, he is best known for the pedal steel guitar.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

#Science2Stable - with Barb Hardman, University of Edinburgh

a weekend view with Barb Hardman!
Just like chewing is good for your oral and digestive health, foraging is an important behaviour for horses, especially in maintaining their gut health.  Hear all about it from Barbara Hardman, hoofbeats hopeful future cohost, the "Irish Scientist," for yourself!

"Horses should not be without forage for more than 4 continuous hours."

Have you already seriously considered the benefits of slow/trickle feeders?  Its fascinating!

#Science2Stable - Kathy Fremes, Management of Equine Environment, University of Guelph (Open Learning)

If you missed this on radio, check out the podcast!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

#Science2Stable - with Hoofnotes and others at ISES2019

In this edition of hoofbeats we are in casual conversation with an #2019ISESConference delegate and have an interesting conversation with

There is also one great tune from Pharis and Jason Romero.

Give a listen!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Horse Drawn Heartwood - Farm Tour

In this episode of hoofbeats, you'll meet Val and her team of Belgians!  And, hear about their regenerative farming practices, and many treasured secrets around the Farm & Cidery.

You will also hear tunes from Noah Zaacharin, who is performing there -  The Way Love Calls & Find My Baby, from his album Strange Rider.  You can check out more of his music at

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Mariposa Music and Horse News, Jul 2019

Welcome to the Mariposa Music and Horse News Episode.  In this show, you will hear a few tunes from Martyn Joseph from Wales, back at Mariposa Folk Festival after 19yrs, about how we don't have the luxury of despair.  Some have said he makes John Lennon sound like Julie Andrews, but I loved the sing-a-longs, including the one "Here Come The Young."

We also share details about a fundraising campaign, wherein, your investment will be reinvested a thousand times over! Into programs that build resilience, and hope in our modern world. Paige Wild, in our attention economy, will now, use her voice, to raise awareness, educate and empower others! Creating meaningful, effective programs to move forward and heal from trauma.  Please donate any amount you can – every dollar counts! Should we follow up interview her about her specific passion for helping young women exiting the world of sex trafficking, right here in Canada?

Martyn Joseph, Official Bootleg Vol 4, Pipe Records, Luxury of Despair
I Searched For You
Turn Me Tender

Monday, July 08, 2019

Harri Palm - Riding With The Stars

Look who is back in a CFRU "saddle!"  Its Harri Palm, who stopped by to tell us about a couple of shows this weekend you'll want to consider attending... and, he did have a horse tale for our riding with the stars segment too!  Have you already heard about Mackinac Island, where there are no cars?!

Did you catch all the musical connections and interesting history? Definitely worth a listen!

Magnolia Wind, John Prine w Emmy Lou Harris
Your Life is Dangerous,
Trails of My Skin, Johnny & the G-Rays

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Paint the Horse Blue!

In this episode of hoofbeats we are in conversation with Horseman and gifted artist Mark Grice. He is such a multi-talented force, that we discuss his new book!

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

May Day show

Hear about the line-up of thought-provoking speakers coming to Guelph this August!  And, journey with them through history and into the present, supporting and challenging the way we interact with horses through scientific research... This conference focuses on horse-human relationships:  Where have we come from? Where are we now? Where are we going?
--- with the theme of Bringing Science to the Stable.

Put the dates of August 19-21, 2019 into your calendar for the 15th Annual Equitation Science Conference being held at The University of Guelph – Canada’s largest and most renowned agricultural university and one of only five veterinary colleges in Canada. Come and be fascinated by what science has uncovered about the unique horse-human connection.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Some Notes about Farm Work

Today we release a small podcast about the working environment on farms -- we thought you might want to check out this little segment before it airs on radio!

It was recorded by some of the equestrians in this picture, at Myrddin Equestrian Centre's recent "Demo Day"...

As you may already know, hoofbeats is working on an episode for Thursday April 25, that will reveal the findings and recommendations of the "Learning From Employers" Action Group - as part of the outcomes of the 2018 Equine Industry Symposium.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Animal Welfare News in Ontario

In this episode of hoofbeats we want to encourage you to demand that the government immediately bring in interim animal protection measures.

In our conversation with Dr. Kendra Coulter, she provides information on her studies on different approaches to animal cruelty investigations work through field research, interviews and policy and statistical analysis.  Please read her full report, A More Humane and Safer Ontario.

"Animal Cruelty exists on a spectrum," Coulter explains "It is directly connected to violence against women and children, and often occurs alongside other serious crimes."  The report offers possible solutions!

We talk about the importance of regulations and regular inspections.  We hope you'll listen and take some action too.  We also urge you to insist that a provincial trustee is appointed to manage what's left of the OSPCA, so future donations actually go to protecting animals, not to its current senior management team. A new animal welfare system needs to be built on the existing infrastructure, with service delivery by the public sector, immediately.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Ask The Pro's (at Budson's in Erin)

In this edition of hoofbeats, we sneak you into the audience during the second half of the Ask The Pro's session that was presented by Budson's Farm and Feed (provisions for country living).  The Spring Horse Course focused on Wellness, Training and Best Care in a series of three workshops with guest speakers, refreshments, resources and door prizes!  Can you believe these types of sessions have been going on at least 12 years?  What a wonderful resource to the equine community!
hoofbeats was honoured to attend!

What a great turn out!
We loved the tips that pastures need nutrition too, and the importance of consistency in the source of your hay.  It is so important to know why we are feeding what we are feeding, and how valuable testing hay can be...  not to mention the benefits of record keeping!

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Throwback Thursday Edition

This episode is brought to you by volunteers, including U of G BBRM students!  Featuring some BBRM Alumni Night presentations, and snippets gathered at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.  There are also some words from Drew Marshall in the hallways at the Folk Music Ontario Conference, and a new event announcement from our newest pony club member hoofbeats contributor -- make sure to mark Equestrian Canada's horse day on your calendar.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Spring Equine Event Announcements!

In today's episode, we share some tunes from local musician Preetam Sengupta. As well as some blanketing tips to consider for the last few cold days of the season, drawn from Equine Guelph's website.

There is also news of Horse Day coming Jun 1st in Erin, as well as a Spring Course running Wednesday evenings at Budson's on Main Street.  As well, we air the last of the segments created during the Equine Career night, where we were recruiting new volunteers.

Didn't our co-host do a great job auditioning? We hope to hear more from that enthusiastic voice in future!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Equine Career Night etc.

Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre

In this episode we hear from some equine professionals and some hoofbeats volunteers, as recorded at U of G on the 4th annual Equine Career Night!  Had you already heard of this cool new product FoalPoint? There is also a Riding with the Stars segment with Hilary of Gathering Time.  Enjoy!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Meet the Ontario Veterinary College's Equine Club!

You've already marked Sat Mar 16 on your calendar for College Royal right?  You will want to be at the largest student run Open House in North America! Its worth the trip to Guelph.

In this episode we welcome Lisa and Sara from the Ontario Veterinary College, co-presidents of the Equine Club, which has about 100 members. Yes! They are going to have a presence with a live horse, exam demos and an interactive exhibit. Did you know the OVC has a herd of 8 horses?

We are also in discussion with Natalie who is the Animal Events Director -- reviewing Animal Utilization Protocols, that are approved by the Animal Care Service. It was great she told us two minis are coming in from a local farm to old Mac's new farm, where we can also meet chicks, piglets, and an alpaca!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Gateway To Horses

In this episode we hear about the town hall meetings in a village in Illinois, all about a controversial hitching post and the horses that ride in to town. As well as the benefits of Equine Assisted Learning, and even a "date night" program at Gateway Farms Equine Assisted Learning -- where you will discover that horses are profound, wise teachers.  In small groups or teams (or dare we say herds?) you will have at your side a caring, noble horse looking to you to be the leader, to guide your group through obstacles. Equine Assisted Learning is a surprisingly effective means of opening new pathways of communication between you and your team, as well as instilling foundational knowledge about your own untapped potential.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

News for the New Year with Lorraine Stubbs

In this issue of our audio magazine, you'll hear the voice of Lorraine Stubbs, who is sharing some important news for the New Year!  She was a Pan Am Games, Gold Medalist in 1971.  And, twenty years later, in 1991, was Double Gold.  She was a Member of the Canadian Olympic Dressage Team twice, and was the 2nd Canadian in history, to finish in the Top Ten at the Games.  She’s been named Horsewoman of the year, and Canadian Champion 15 times.  Hoofbeats has long known of her as an International Dressage Judge, and High Performance Certified Coach in Canada, but was surprised to learn of her role as Equine Consultant to Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride!  Isn’t it cool she has an M.A. in English Literature - University of Western Ontario and York University?

You'll hear about an Equine Employment Standards Action Group, and an upcoming International Conference on Equitation Science - both on campus.  We also discuss how the test, makes for the type of training, and what she sees in High Performance Sport.  And, what it was like coming up through Pony Club in the 60's. 

There's also a tune or two from Danny Michel, who is playing in Waterloo Mondays in January.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

A Horse Named Jazzy, and More!

In this episode, we hear from Will's Jams, for our Riding With The Stars segment.  A Juno-nominated, CBC Kids TV Star, and educator who brings authentic family friendly music to his youtube channel and TV.  As well as the red headed flute girl Alissa Skorik -- both musicians were recorded at the FMO Conference this fall.  There's also some original fiction, a segment about the colours of the horses of Iceland and their colours, as well a shout out to the information shared on a free forum at The Horse Portal (let me know if you need help accessing it).  We were also excited to build in some sounders recorded by a first-time volunteer at the Royal on her cell phone!  Our feature interview is with Kat who attended the hoofbeats Open House in September.  Didn't she show up with intriguing equipment?  Give a listen!