One woman. One horse. 48 states for Domestic Violence Awareness

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Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S2E3): Feeding an adventure horse



Feeding a horse is simple, right? They eat grass.

Well, yes.  But also, no.  There are many, many things to know about horse nutrition, and especially when you’re feeding an adventure horse. 

Rule #1: Don’t forget to pack some apples.

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What to Listen For:

00:25 Introduction to the episode
01:25 Horses eat grass, how complicated could it be?
02:56 Proper horse nutrition is very important
04:52 The big problem of feeding Apollo during our journey
06:50 Why horses (usually) can’t change their diet from day to day…
14:32 … except Apollo does! (and why he’s just fine)
20:50 Apollo’s breakfast and dinner recipe
27:33 Treat time (do you know what a carrot sounds like?)
29:52 Adventure horses cannot be picky eaters
31:47 Closing statements
32:51 End of episode

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Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S2E2): It's Apollo's birthday party!


Happy belated birthday, Apollo!

Let’s celebrate Apollo’s safe return home, and his birthday too! He turned 12 in April.  Do you know what age that would be in human years? In this “Apollosode” (get it? Apollo + episode!), we’ll talk about this and other interesting horse birthday stuff.

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What to Listen For:

00:25 Introduction to the episode
00:32 He’s baaaaack
02:32 Celebrating Apollo’s 12th birthday
03:00 How does 12-horse-years compare to human age?
06:12 Apollo’s age through his training and the ride
11:48 Choosing an adventure horse (revisited) – the age factor
15:03 How a horse’s teeth reveal their age
18:23 Why horses need dentists, too
27:42 Closing statements
30:30 End of episode


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Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S2E1): Finding the perfect adventure horse


It’s not easy finding the perfect adventure horse to be your travel partner!
Season two is all about Apollo, and to kick it off, let’s talk about what qualities a good adventure horse requires. 
Speaking of things that aren’t easy, stick around for the second half of the episode, when guest Angela Accomando talks about her journey to change the laws of New York state to make them better for domestic violence victims! She’s already succeeded to get one terrible law changed, and will be sharing just how she – an average citizen – was able to accomplish this!
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What to Listen For:
00:25 Introduction to the episode (and the season!)
01:30 Apollo’s big news
03:37 Why Apollo?
04:44 How did I find Apollo?
05:48 What qualities does an adventure horse require?
07:08 Young… but not too young
07:33 Training level
08:12 Healthy as a horse!
09:29 Size matters
10:35 Conformation
12:20 Personal preference
13:11 Apollo wants to be everybody’s friend
15:11 Never “buy pretty”
15:42 Why I love to “drive” a mustang
17:54 Welcome guest Angela Accomando
38:52 Closing statements
39:55 End of episode

About our Guest: Angela Accomando

Hi! I'm Angela an Anxiety Coach & Certified Meditation Teacher I help Women calm anxiety so they can live a peaceful, happy life. I do this work because I want to help others manage their anxiety so they can move forward with their dreams. I came into this work myself when I suffered from debilitating anxiety for many years. After leaving an abusive marriage & almost losing a child, these tools are what have been my saving grace. I want to help others get through tough times and thrive.



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Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S1E14): Where are we going next?


The big question of the moment – and, honestly, at any point in the ride – is where have we been and where are we going? (Yes, I know that’s two questions). 

With the uncertainties of travel restrictions and safety during this COVID-19 epidemic, that question is more relevant than ever.  In this episode, I’ll give you a brief rundown of where we’ve been, what’s left to cover on the route, and what the plans are going forward from here.

Plus, special guest Lisa of Willow Domestic Violence Center joins us for a very informative conversation about domestic violence, including useful advice on talking with teens, helping victims, and fun ways you can help end DV in your community.

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What to Listen For:

00:25 Introduction to the episode
01:42 have you been on my website
02:29 the original 2020 plan and how Coronavirus has affected this
03:41 where we have already been
04:45 where we still have left to ride
06:02 how Apollo and I will get home at the end and what we’ll do next
07:27 what I’m most looking forward to seeing in the remainder of our ride
10:01 spread the word, help me find local hosts and helpers!
11:17 welcome guest Lisa
12:09 Willow’s many wonderful services
18:43 knowing what healthy vs unhealthy relationships look like... before unhealthy becomes dangerous
20:49 how to talk to teens about dating violence, effectively
24:08 how to help someone you’re worried about
26:21 how to help end domestic violence in your community
31:29 you are not alone
31:44 Conclusion
32:42 End of episode

About our Guest: Lisa of Willow Domestic Violence Center

Willow is the licensed residential and non-residential Domestic Violence Provider in Monroe County, New York. We have a variety of services including: a 24/7 hotline/textline, emergency shelter, court advocacy services, counseling, prevention education and training, mobile advocacy, human trafficking prevention, etc. Willow is focused on being survivor centered and using a trauma informed approach in everything we do.
For 13 years prior to being at Willow I worked in Higher Education in Monroe County. My role for most of those years was the person on campus who dealt with student behavior (for lack of a better comparison, a campus judge). So, I was talking with students every day about things like substance use/abuse, vandalism, assault, arson, rape, dating violence, stalking, disruptive community behavior, and general college student tom foolery. I was the primary person on campus who students came to speak with when something happened to them in the sexual assault and dating violence realm and was also doing all the training, policy writing and implementation across campus. When the position became open at Willow, I jumped at the chance to be on the other end of the spectrum of the issue talking about prevention and support rather than the back end talking about and doling out all the consequences. It's been an amazing change, this is an amazing organization!
Willow’s help numbers (call from anywhere!)
    Hotline 585-222-7233
    Text line 585-348-7233

Other domestic violence resources:

National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1−800−799−7233  

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Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S1E13): The 5 worst drivers, and 1 pedestrian


Apollo and I encounter dangerous, rude, and hostile drivers every single day.  Whether we’re riding though a city or in the country, on a busy highway or a quiet dirt road, bad drivers are everywhere. 

The five types of worst drivers are people who honk, people who yell, people who are impatient, people who drive too fast, and people who drive too close.  Here are stories of the very worst of each of these five types of bad drivers that we have dealt with during the last 8,200 miles. Plus, the worst pedestrian!

We’ll also talk about one of my favorite things… Zumba! Mary of Rhythms Fitness Studio joins us to talk about why Zumba is great for everyone, and to share a few fun travel stories of her own.

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What to Listen For:

00:25 Introduction to the episode
01:21 The worst of the people who honk 
04:27 The worst of the people who yell
08:10 The worst of the people who are impatient
15:44 The worst of the people who drive too fast
19:01 Bonus! The worst pedestrian
22:32 The very worst of the worst
27:43 Guest Mary talks about Zumba
38:54 Closing statements
40:19 End of episode

About our Guest, Mary of Rhythms Fitness Studio

After decades working as a manager within the California Community College system, I retired and decided to dance into my golden years! I had been in the Peace Corps in my youth and always loved Latin music and dance. So when Zumba came along I was immediately hooked. I have owned or taught at Rhythms for nearly a decade and love the movement and the joy it brings all of us.



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Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S1E12): For horse kids of all ages!


Whether you are 1 or 100 years old, if you’re young at heart, this episode is for you!  Guest Francine of Pixie Dust Fan joins us to talk about Disney horses, from Major in Cinderella to the real-life horses at the Disney parks that you can meet (and ride!). Then stick around for story time, when Meredith reads “Apollo’s Alphabet.”
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What to Listen For:

00:25 Introduction to the episode
00:45 Guest Francine of Pixie Dust Fan
02:42 Disney animated horses have changed through the years
04:23 Major and the three mice-turned-horses
05:22 Cinderella’s carriage was pulled by a unicorn
07:40 Disney pays attention to the details…
09:39 …while still making it fun for people who don’t care about those details!
10:32 The amazing live horses that work at the Disney parks
11:52 Are the live horses named for Disney characters?
12:30 The Headless Horseman’s horse at the Disney Halloween party
14:13 You can visit the horses at Circle D Ranch, next to Disney World!
16:19 Are the horses considered to be ‘cast members’ like other employees?
17:03 Disney pony rides, wagon rides, and more, at Fort Wilderness
19:03 About Apollo’s first book, “Apollo’s Alphabet”
19:52 Storytime! Meredith reads “Apollo’s Alphabet”
23:43 Find a coloring page, crossword puzzle, and more on www.centauride.org
24:49 Closing statements
25:22 End of episode

About our Guest: Francine of Pixie Dust Fan

I started my Pixie Dust Fan website to be able to share my love of all things Disney. The podcast was launched last year because I needed a way to bring MORE of that 'Disney Joy' in to my every day life. I share tips and tricks for planning the best vacation but I also help keep that magic alive for people in between visits!


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Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S1E11): The food episode


Confession time: I travel to eat.  Sure, I have plenty of other good reasons for this ride, too.  Food tourism, though, is a daily pursuit when I’m on the road with Apollo.  In this episode, I share some of my favorite foods and food experiences from our travels, what Apollo likes for treats, and some surprising regional delights. Plus, Emily Davis, author of Damsel No More, talks about her inspiring story of healing from trauma with the help of horses.   
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What to Listen For:

00:25 Introduction to the episode
00:57 Interview with Emily Davis
10:50 Traveling to eat
12:09 Snack bars
13:01 Donuts
16:30 Ice cream
18:40 New Mexican cuisine
20:32 Seattle-style biscuits and gravy
21:45 New York City, foodie heaven
23:00 My food hobby
23:59 Hot dish
24:32 Lefse
26:14 Fried okra
26:32 Elephant ears
27:02 Idaho-style snow cones
27:59 All-you-can-eat fundraisers reflect the region: crab, rocky mountain oysters, lutefisk, spaghetti
30:19 Where is Apollo when I’m eating these things?
32:28 Apollo’s favorite foods
33:04 Recipes
34:16 Closing statements
35:04 End of episode

About our Guest: Emily Davis

After leaving an abusive relationship, I spent three years reconnecting with my power through connecting with horses as a trail guide in the mountains of Lake Tahoe. It was also a huge step for me to reconnect with my intuitive gifts that were blocked by all the trauma of the abuse I suffered.  I spent many years learning how to clear my trauma, heal, and re-learn my magic and then documented part of that process in my book Damsel No More!
I now help people to discover their purpose through accessing their own magic! We all have intuitive gifts (think psychic, medium, tarot, etc) but they are often blocked by the icky parts of life. However, clearing the path to our gifts helps us to realize and live in our purpose in all aspects. Listeners can download a copy of my book Damsel No More for free on my website and ask a free intuitive guidance questions!

Emily's Podcast: Perceptionists Anonymous
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Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S1E10): Fence, toilet, French fries… check!

West Virginia sunrise. Photo by Amy VanHorn.

Sleep is for the weak. Apollo and I ride all day and all night.

Just kidding. After riding for ten or fifteen miles each day, Apollo and I both need somewhere safe (and hopefully comfortable too) where we can rest at night.  Every night. For all three years and 8,200 miles we’ve traveled so far.  We’ve stayed with a lot of strangers, and in some pretty strange places. This week’s guest Amy talks about (the not so strange time) when we stayed with her in West Virginia, and about why you should put French fries on your salad.

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What to Listen For:

00:25 Introduction to the episode
01:07 The minimum requirements for overnight: a fence, grass (or hay), and water
02:19 The kinds of places we stay (spoiler: it’s not always horse property!)
03:47 Strange but true problems from places we’ve stayed
06:09 Why I don’t camp or “just stop” on the side of the road
07:28 How I find places to stay
09:21 That awkward moment when a horse and rider ring your doorbell
10:53 What happens when I can’t find somewhere to stay?
11:44 The difficult lesson of learning to trust
13:30 How does Apollo the adventure horse feel about this?
15:46 The key elements to finding safe stops for 8,200 miles (so far…)
16:25 Guest Amy VanHorn
28:06 Closing statements
28:46 End of episode

About our Guest: Amy VanHorn
We (Meredith and Apollo) stayed with Amy and her family when we rode through West Virginia in July 2019.  Due to a dangerous heat wave, we were forced to take shelter there for a week.  Amy was a wonderful host, and kindly agreed to share on Have Horse Will Travel what it was like to have us as guests. 
From left to right, Amy, Meredith, Eden, and Thomas

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Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S1E9): How NOT to get squished on the road




Roads are not a safe place to ride a horse, but sometimes doing so is necessary. With a little preparation, though, road riding can be a (relatively) safe and enjoyable way to expand your riding horizons… without getting squished by a bad driver!
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What to Listen For:

00:25 Introduction to the episode
01:20 Why would anyone ride a horse on the road?
04:51 How do you choose a good road for riding?
06:20 Preparing with safety gear
09:48 Be able to call for help
10:34 Hoof safety for road riding
13:46 Training your horse to think and to trust
16:04 “Scary things are going to happen.”
16:51 A list of scary things Apollo and I have encountered
18:02 That one mailbox…
19:37 The time we were buzzed by a helicopter
22:21 The (first) time we rode next to a train
25:46 Scary dogs and scary people
31:18 “It’s a big game of chicken, and I’m stuck in the middle”: dealing with bad drivers
34:14 Closing statements
35:16 End of episode

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Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S1E8): How I pack for the ride


One woman, one horse, and all the stuff we both need to journey on, day after day, in every kind of weather, through 48 states... What do we carry and how does it all fit?!
From pack weight and how to attach it all to the saddle, to what exactly is in each saddle bag and why, this episode will give you the answers to all your questions about our travel supplies.
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What to Listen For:

00:25 Introduction to the episode
00:25 Intro
00:35 It all has to fit on Apollo
01:26 How much weight can one horse carry?
03:47 How much volume can one horse carry?
04:51 Why don’t I use a pack horse?
10:05 An overview of my saddle bags and supplies
10:52 Bag #1 - emergency and daily ride supplies
14:25 Water for me, water for Apollo
15:48 Bag #2 - Apollo’s feed supplements
17:55 Bag #3 - my layers bag
19:04 Bag #4 - camping and horse supplies
23:17 Bag #5 - my personal supplies including maps
29:19 My riding vest - all the stuff I can fit in my pockets
33:52 My PSA about carrying phones when riding
34:39 How do I keep my phone charged?
35:46 Closing statements
36:36 End of episode

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