It started out innocent enough.  We just want to tallk about horses.  I had just got my first horse in 2005, but my wife had had hers most of her life.  The natural horsemanship movement was gaining popularity, and the more we learned, the more we realized how little we knew.  If only we had learned this years ago.

We decided to start The Whoa Podcast about Horses and Horsemanship to share our experiences with others.  Mostly corney, sometimes funny, we are working diligently to make a better sounding, more informative podcast.

About The Broadcast

Join us as we share our experiences of riding, roping, training, cutting, sorting, and just generally exploring the horse world.  We'll talk tack or training, riding or rodeo.  We hope you will come along for the ride.  Even better, we hope you will share your experiences too!  Listen to the Whoa Podcast!

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  • Road Trip To Nashville

    June 20, 2017

    Road Trip To Nashville

    We take a little break from horses this week to share our trip with Nashville.  We experienced the sights, sounds, and music of Nashville.  On our first day, we met up with Lyft driver, musician, and carpenter, Bob Tyler, who suggested we go to Edley's Barbecue and if we were looking for some music to check out the 5 Spot.

    Thursday we checked out the Country Music Hall of Fame and lunch at Tootsie's Bar downtown. Afterward, we walked around downtown and over the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge and saw the Tenessee Titans football stadium.  Later, we had an awesome dinner at Rudie's Seafood and Sausage. We learned that Rudie's also makes a fantastic pie!

    Later that evening we had tickets to see the Gatlin Brothers and Ricky Skaggs at the old Ryman Theatre.  We even got to tour the backstage dressing rooms after the show.

    The intersection of Broadway and 4th is as crazy as Las Vegas.  There is live music at almost every bar and dive, and there are bars and dives everywhere.  We hung out and listened to music at Robert's Western World, then headed over to Wanna B's for some karaoke - to listen to, not to perform.

    Nashville Blues

    [caption id="attachment_2137" align="alignleft" width="300"]Nashville Stacy Mitchart[/caption]

    A very cool place for me to find was the area called Printer's Alley.  This is the bars in this area are more into the blues.  At Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie we had the opportunity to hear the Stacy Mitchart Band, and Dr. Yes Band featuring Matt Cummings.  Stacy Mitchart was kind enough to let me share some of his music on this podcast.

    All in all, it was a wonderful trip and we'll get back to horse stuff next week.


  • Cowboy Bill Cummins and His Horse King

    June 13, 2017

    Cowboy Bill Cummins and His Horse King

    Cowboy Bill Cummins

    Cowboy Bill Cummins grew up in post-depression era Ohio with his father and four brothers.  His mother died when he was 15.  He nearly lost his fingers and thumbs when he was nine.  Bill dreamed of one day becoming a singing cowboy in the same vein as Gene Autry and the wit and wisdom of Will Rogers.

    Bill worked with his family's horses on their farm and a local stable owner noticed he had a special knack working with the horses.  Although he was only 15, the stable owner hired Bill to manage his stable and run his tourist trail riding business during the summers of Bill's high school years.  One year a traveling horse stage show came to town.  Bill befriended the two main riders and trainers, Montana Joe and California Sam.  Meanwhile, the stable owner had a palomino stallion he thought would back a good stage performer.

    The scene was set when the two trainers worked with the young horseman and his palomino and the result was Smilin' Cowboy Bill Cummins and his horse King.  For five years the duo performed for audiences doing tricks and singing songs.  While Bill got to live his dream of being a singing cowboy, he got to perform for people all over the midwest.

    Bill later went on to pursue a career as a civil engineer.  Then, later in life, in went into publishing and write several books.  At age 86, Cowboy Bill Cummins is an inspiration.


    CAI Publishing - King and the Cowboy

  • Casey Horg Bit and Spur Maker

    June 06, 2017

    Casey Horg Bit and Spur Maker

    Casey Horg

    Casey Horg, Bakersfield bit and spur maker, spent a lot of time working on ranches with a lot of different horses.  And, he met a lot of knowledgeable cowhands, rode some good and not-so-good horses.  During some of the downtime as a cowboy, Casey learned a little about bit making.  As with many arts, Casey picked up pieces of knowledge here and there.  Slowly, he added to his knowledge and toolbox.  With each bit he made he learned a little more and got better at his craft.  Now, there is a waiting list for a Casey Horg Bit.

    Casey will display his silver works and bits as one of the vendors at the upcoming Early Californio Skills of the Rancho in Santa Maria, July 2017.  You can find out more about Casey Horg and the Early Californio Skills of the Rancho by clicking the links below.


    Casey Horg

    Early Californio Skills of the Rancho