A Happy Hour Guide to Vaccination & Parenting: Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 35

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? It’s 2018, so that is the question. One equestrian mom wants to help all those helpless parents with pony-crazy kids and have no idea where to start. Plus winter is coming, and we’ve got some tips on how to stay warm. Thanks for tuning in.

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More on what we talked about in this episode:

We got a special drink from the Royal Horse Show: a Marmalade Mule. | @Library_Bar

Marmalade Mule – photo by Lindsay Brock

Irish show jumper, Cian O’Connor’s new horse died after a tragic, “freak” stable accident. | @Horse&Hound

Did you watch the Maclay Finals? Jess & Justine make a case on why the eq still matters when you’re an adult. | @COTH

Get your own exclusive HDHH T-Shirt now! We have three hilarious but soft & high-quality shirts to choose from. | @HeelsDownMag

Some drunk dude got on a horse at the Breeders Cup and tried to ride it onto the track at Churchill Downs. | @WaPo

A vet told one of our hosts not to vaccinate her horse. Is this a good idea? We discuss. | @HeelsDownMag

Justine and Jess review their SmartPak Piper base layer shirts, which are comfy, warm and perfect for winter riding. | @SmartPak

There’s not a whole lot of info out there for clueless parents with pony-crazy kids. One equestrian mom is trying to change that. | @EquestrianMoms

We may or may not have made Glenn the Geek play rose & thorn. Find out why he was on the show here. | @Holiday_Radiothon

More about our hosts:

Dogs, DJs and Dressage Tests: Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 34Sally Spickard is a 32-year-old marketer and journalist from Missouri who now resides in San Diego, California. She is an unashamed Harry Potter nerd and Kansas City Chiefs fan, and she can rarely be found without her long-haired Chihuahua, Cooper (and for this reason, you’ll never find her on a United flight!). While she’s currently horseless, Sally is an event rider who hopes to one day ride like Michael Jung. Alternatively, she’d just settle for learning how to sit the trot without looking like a sack of potatoes!


Dogs, DJs and Dressage Tests: Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 34Jessica Payne is a 32-year-old international event rider who is rarely seen without her long-haired chihuahua under her arm. She was born in London, Ontario, but grew up in Franklin, Tenn. and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science. She once lost the tip of her pinky finger clipping her 4* horse, and husband Doug says she can “talk to anyone including a wall….and they will like it!”


Dogs, DJs and Dressage Tests: Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 34Justine Griffin is an award winning 30-year-old journalist who has written about everything from horses to high profile CEOs to her ovaries. (She donated her eggs once.) Two things she loves the most? Whippet puppies and cheese. Justine is a firm believer in unicorns and feminism. So take everything she says with a grain of salt.


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Episode 35 is presented by:

Arc Equine, the smallest wide-spectrum microcurrent device in the world. It is a wearable, completely drug-free, and non-invasive pain management and tissue repair system designed for equine use. arcequineusa.com

SmartPak: healthy horses, happy riders. Visit smartpak.com.

Dogs, DJs and Dressage Tests: Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 34

Ecogold, leader in saddle pad innovation. Known for their non-slip, shock-absorbing saddle pads, half pads and protective horse boots. Trusted by Olympians. Visit ecogold.ca.

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