Biography

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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  • Self-Defense For Trail Riders

    November 13, 2018

    Self-Defense For Trail Riders

    Self-defense

    Sadly, the world we ride in is changing.  We need to take precautions to be safe when we ride.  It's called self-defense for a reason.  It's up to us to take responsibility.  Dogs, pedestrians, automobiles, or people with problems can be a menace on the trail.  Do you know how to handle a troubling situation?

    Many years ago at an equine expo I saw a program by Scott Hanson about safety on the trail.  A 90-minute session on what to do if someone tried to attack you while you were horseback.  At the time I didn't think there was much chance of that.  Then, a couple of years ago we encountered someone who released their dog on us.  It came from completely out of the blue.  He released his dog in our direction, then rode his bicycle in the opposite direction.  Ranae and I had practiced some of the principles we learned from the class.  I had pepper spray.  Ranae knew to get in head-to-tail tight to me and my horse, Jessie.  I sprayed the dog in the face.  He turned and ran after his owner.  Had we not prepared, who knows what could have happened?

    Be Prepared!

    When I saw a flyer for another Self-Defense for Trail Rider class scheduled at our local Rancho Rio Stables, I wanted to cover the event.  Elmo Sheeran, the instructor, trains many mounted law enforcement officers on how to protect themselves and their horses in police situations.  Elmo offers some great advice.  If you ride on the trail, get yourself a $12 can of pepper spray and a $2 whistle.   Believe it or not, these two simple, inexpensive items take care of most situations you come across.  But, don't just put them in your cantle bag and forget them.  Take them out and practice once in a while.  A little preparation goes a long way.

    Check out the Self-Defense for Trail Riders video on YouTube

    I produce a short video of the event for my YouTube Channel.  You can see it HERE

    Contact Us

    We have well over 200 episodes up now and you can find them all for free on iTunes, with our Android App in the Amazon store, and now Stitcher, or wherever podcasts are distributed.  Get the Stitcher app and tell us how it works.  We are on Google Play too!  You can also find every episode and more about the show at whoapodcast.com.  Please take a moment and join our email list. Get in on the conversation with Facebook and Twitter and Instagram- just look for WhoaPodcast.

    You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  You can email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com

    Thanks for listening,

    John & Ranae

    Episode #138

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  • Australian Squatter Coffey

    October 23, 2018

    Squatter Coffey

    Squatter CoffeyLife has been a bit hectic of late.  Many months ago I received an email suggesting I have an Australian by the name of Squatter Coffey on the show.  As I do with all your suggestions, I try to contact the person and see if they want to be on the show.  Squatter did agree to come on the show, but we couldn't find a convenient time.

    You see, Squatter Coffey lives way out in a "rural" area of Australia.  The time difference would have one of us up in the middle of the night.  We agreed that we would get together when his season changed.  It's just now turning spring in Australia and Squatter, who owns and operates a bush trail riding company, is entering his good riding season.

    A Life with Horses

    Squatter Coffey has been riding horses so long he doesn't remember "learning" how to ride.  He has just always ridden.  Squatter grew up in a family of horses.  His 6 siblings are all in the horse business.  Squatter raced horse, worked on stations and has done just about everything you can do on a horse.

    While it's sometimes difficult to find something to talk about, Squatter and I share a common love of horses and horsemanship.  He has some good stories and he shares his experiences on the show.  I hope you enjoy Squatter Coffey.

    Contact Us

    We have well over 200 episodes up now and you can find them all for free on iTunes, with our Android App in the Amazon store, and now Stitcher, or wherever podcasts are distributed.  Get the Stitcher app and tell us how it works.  We are on Google Play too!  You can also find every episode and more about the show at whoapodcast.com.  Please take a moment and join our email list. Get in on the conversation with Facebook and Twitter and Instagram- just look for WhoaPodcast.

    You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  You can email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com

    Thanks for listening,

    John & Ranae

    Episode #137

    Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.

     

  • Adriane DeWolfe Horsewoman EXCA Racer

    September 25, 2018

    Adriane DeWolfe Horsewoman Extreme Cowboy Racer

    Adriane Dewolfe and Toaster 

    We first met Adriane DeWolfe at a playday with fellow Downunder Horsemanship friends.  it was great getting together with like-minded people to work on our collective horsemanship skills.  Adriane was there with her horse Toaster, a mustang.  Ranae had brought Dusty and I was working with Scratch.  It was clear that Adriane was a serious horsewoman.   She worked equally hard on both technique and philosophy.  Toaster responded well.  Later, we learned it was her first time out with Toaster.  

    While we continued to follow each other on Facebook, it would be some months before we saw Adriane DeWolfe again.  Ranae and I thought we would try our hand at Extreme Cowboy Racing.  There was a race being held about a 90-minute drive away at Shades of Gold Ranch.  Adriane and Toaster were entered in the novice division.  When they took the course we saw they had come a long way in a very short time.

    Adriane kept challenging herself and her horsemanship to get better.  It was always a smooth trail.  There were many ups and downs.  In 2018, she continued Extreme Cowboy Racing and qualified for the National Competition in Glen Rose, Texas.  She and Toaster will compete in November of 2018.

    Adriane DeWolfe 

    Adriane DeWolfe bid and won Toaster at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center Wild Horse Training Facility auction.  And, her journey to Glen Rose when she pulls into the arena for the EXCA National Finals, has been a long one.  It's an inspiration to all recreational horsemen and women.  With a little dedication, a lot of hard work, and the love of a good horse, you can reach your goals.

     

    Contact Us

    We have well over 200 episodes up now and you can find them all for free on iTunes, with our Android App in the Amazon store, and now Stitcher, or wherever podcasts are distributed.  Get the Stitcher app and tell us how it works.  We are on Google Play too!  You can also find every episode and more about the show at whoapodcast.com.  Please take a moment and join our email list. Get in on the conversation with Facebook and Twitter and Instagram- just look for WhoaPodcast.

    You are a big part of why we do this podcast.  We really love getting your feedback.  Please let us know your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the show.  You can email us at John@WhoaPodcast.com

    Thanks for listening,

    John & Ranae

    Episode #136

    Support the Whoa Podcast with this Amazon Link.