Man Buns, Motorcycles and OTTBs, Swoon! Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 26

This week on Heels Down Happy Hour, we’re talking to an equestrian Internet celebrity that could very well be the next “Hot Horseman” of the year. Some riders are using resistance bands while in the saddle for training. And we’ll discuss when you see a someone doing something sketchy, at what point is it appropriate to say something about it? Thanks for tuning in.

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Special Guest: 

Aaron Barber is a 32-year-old amateur event rider from Rochester, N.Y. He owns an off-track Thoroughbred named Thade.  Aaron is a vet tech by day, designer by night and occasionally dabbles in modeling. He’s got a bunch of fans in the OTTB Connect Facebook group, thanks to his ever-handsome riding selfies.


More on what we talked about in this episode:

Channel your inner basic and enjoy this rosé in a can, which is perfect for summer (and horse shows). | @DarkHorse

Veteran eventer, Andrew Nicholson, was chased by loose dogs in the show jumping ring at Bramham. How and why did this ever happen? | @Horse&Hound

Poor 10-year-old Marshall was selling bags of horse manure to save up for a laptop. Then some thieves stole it all. What jerks!  | @DailyMail

Did you know that the equipment we use, from bits to nosebands to spurs, can actually cause more harm to our horses than we realize, one study says. | @TheHorse

When it comes to horsemanship, when is it appropriate to see something after you see something shady? We discuss. | @HeelsDownMag

One trainer in California is using traditional resistance bands as a way to create soft hands and engage the core in the saddle. Check out the video. | @Performance.Physiques 

What can you do to secure a horse in the trailer that keeps biting his fellow passengers? We discuss. | @HorseJunkiesUnited

More about our hosts:

Sally 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!


Jessica 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!”


Justine 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.


Have a question for us? Send us an email at hello(at) Or better yet, join our new Facebook group, the Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast Lounge, to engage with our hosts and delve deeper into the discussions we have on the show.

Episode 26 is presented by:

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

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