TRT Podcast Episode #1

Attempt to rescue horses from Black Saturday Bushfires

In the first episode of the TRT Podcast, Tristan takes you back in time to Australia in 2009, and tells about the Black Saturday Bushfires.

It is a very intense story about the bushfires, that had a great impact on people, nature, and animals, including horses.

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45 replies
  1. Nadine
    Nadine says:

    Thank you for sharing more of your life with us. It’s so nice to have more of a background about the kind of person you are and not just what we see and her when you are with the horse’s.
    Thank you and I look forward to future podcasts

  2. Nadine
    Nadine says:

    Thank you for sharing more of your life with us. It’s so nice to have more of a background about the kind of person you are and not just what we see and hear when you are with the horse’s.
    Thank you and I look forward to future podcasts

  3. Kellie
    Kellie says:

    I was curious if you are planning on releasing the podcast on players such as Apple podcast or Spotify?

  4. Kathrin
    Kathrin says:

    Very reflected and interesting podcast
    Shows how animals can get in real konversation with humans

  5. Janet
    Janet says:

    We lost our property in the 2019 fires in Australia. The bond l have with my horses as a result is truly incredible. I was so proud of them too. All are TRT trained. The trust and faith they placed in us that day was truly amazing. It still makes me cry to think about it. Tristan you are so right the roar of a bushfire heading your way is truly something you never forget.

  6. Virginia
    Virginia says:

    An incredible live experience that you have shared. It is wonderful to hear about the things that have shaped you into becoming where you are now. Sure there will be more to come! 🙂

  7. Pat
    Pat says:

    Wow ! Never would I have thought the horses , especially in panic mode, would seek out trailer and load themselves!!!!
    I was getting stressed hearing about traveling to get there, I visualized and heard the fire . Obviously you made it, but I was concerned !!! So relieved it worked out ! Honestly I would have given up at first trial with having to turn around, fire started … again so relieved…
    On an entirely different note I see your lariat hanging on wall , do you rope? I’m a team roper 😊

  8. Robyn
    Robyn says:

    Can’t believe you got out of that situation, another pair of quiet heroes. Remember 2009 and even though I was (and still am) way north of the disaster I remember the horror and feel for those in harms way. Won’t bring politics into it but please let the city guys listen to rural people and traditional owners and never let this happen again.

  9. Margaret Gollagher
    Margaret Gollagher says:

    Although the science doesn’t agree with you on backburning…it’s much more complicated than that

  10. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Brilliant it was always going to be. Love everything about you and to hear your voice in my day supreme, even though I was so scared listening to the horse rescue. Amazing. Thank you. Only wish I could make my horse calm but I keep plugging away at the TRT. Improved our connection but not his anxiousness in different situations. Taken on board about our partnership.

  11. Jennifer McClelland
    Jennifer McClelland says:

    I’m thrilled you have produced a podcast and I look forward to hearing them and learning more about the experiences! You are a great story teller and your keen insight into the minds of horses resonates with me and so many others. Best wishes for the future!

  12. Margaret Gollagher
    Margaret Gollagher says:

    I’m an Aussie who’s been in fires, I hope everyone realises just how brave these guys were and what they accomplished. Huge respect. It’s like hell on earth. Deadly. The trees explode before the fire gets anywhere near them because the trees are full of oil. The embers can race kilometres in front of the main fire, starting more fires, trapping you. My friend was in the Ash Wednesday fires and saw horses at full gallop run down by flames.

  13. Margaret Gollagher
    Margaret Gollagher says:

    I remember in one small fire a young horse was galloping around screaming. I couldn’t catch him. So I went to get my old horse and helmet me lead him under the flames and smoke to get the young horse. The young horse came over and calmly followed me and my old horse out. I was so amazed that my old horse calmly followed me to get the young one.

  14. Margaret Gollagher
    Margaret Gollagher says:

    I remember in one small fire a young horse was galloping around screaming. I couldn’t catch him. So I went to get my old horse and helmet me lead him under the flames and smoke to get the young horse. The young horse came over and calmly followed me and my old horse out. I was so amazed that my old horse calmly followed me to get the young one.

  15. Catherine Sereys
    Catherine Sereys says:

    In this time of drought especially here in France and the big fires in the south west near Bordeaux your story is echoing that of many horse owners ready to evacuate them.
    Very Nice to hear your story and a great idea this podcast where people can relate. Cannot wait for the next one.

  16. Anna Montanaro
    Anna Montanaro says:

    What an incredible story … thank you for sharing with us, Tristan …
    I love what you do!

  17. Anne
    Anne says:

    Listened to this while I was doing a clean up burn (QLD Aust) 😁
    Remember that well & the more recent ones
    Loved it, I knew where it was going as similar had happened to friends
    It’s a great angle tho, instead of the usual podcast stuff. Really interesting to hear how real life events affect or can be affected by the way we work with horses
    Make them longer, I could listen to these reflections all day 🙂
    Cheers Anne

  18. Lyn Roberts
    Lyn Roberts says:

    Thanks Tristan, I too, unfortunately have been in a bushfire situation here in SA just over 2 years ago. Extreme circumstances make you think outside the square. I’ve always thought I had been prepared in previous years but its not until you’ve experience the situation that you realise that what you thought might work – “doesn’t. ” I think your guardian angel was watching over you during your heroic rescue, well done.
    In summing up I feel foundation training is the most important part of all horses education but of course you already know that. Keep up the good work , love watching your TRT training videos and pods.

  19. Samantha
    Samantha says:

    Hi
    Thank you so much for doing a podcast. It was great and so interesting, is there any way one can listen/download on Spotify or similar as don’t have Internet at stables. Thanks for doing a fab job

  20. Liz
    Liz says:

    Hi Tristan , thank you for sharing your daring and interesting rescue.
    How scary for you and your friend. I certainly remember those fires, living , just across the ditch !
    I really resonate with your probing thoughts on how we relate to our horses . Also to enabling them to make the right decisions and giving them confidence
    It also brought up for me the questions of why do some animals , chose to run towards danger. Is it because their emotions are running So High , they cant cope without a leader?
    Do we as mentors of our horses then have to be more creative for these animals in helping them to become more confident and able to manage their emotions?
    Do you think the horses with some emotional self control are easier to help.
    I guess in the end it comes down to us always questioning how we are relating to our horses, all animals and humans.
    I look forward to your next pod cast, and hearing about your journey .

  21. Anne
    Anne says:

    II’ve been looking forward to TRT doing podcasts. I usually download then listen to podcasts on Android’s Castbox where I cannot easily stream them (whilst doing paddock chores). Will your podcasts be on castbox at some point?

  22. Karen Lukin
    Karen Lukin says:

    Wow what an experience and you are so lucky to have survived. How amazing to have been able to save those horses.

  23. Victoria Carter
    Victoria Carter says:

    As a leading hypnotherapist- YES what are we giving our horses from our minds in each moment . I hear so many say how they go to their horse for comfort when distressed 🙁
    Following your genius so closely ❤️

  24. Catherine
    Catherine says:

    I enjoyed listening to your first podcast this morning. Being a Victorian Australian the topic brought back many memories including the emotions around the many human and animal lives lost.
    I found your account to be honest and respectful of the situation.
    I loved gaining new perspective on my horses from listening to your story. I’m sure the energy I carried out to my daily good morning pats to my girls, was different. I also couldn’t help but to observe them with slightly different eyes.
    Congratulations, I’m looking forward to the next podcast! 😁🐴

  25. Tamara
    Tamara says:

    Phuu that is hard to hear! I can not really imagine what the feelings are in this bowl of fire, but I am happy to hear this story! It shows us a litte bit of what can be aible to do or not to do and that we can be better then we ever think and grow up over our self! Great job and thx to sharing!

  26. Joanne Askew
    Joanne Askew says:

    Loved listening to the first podcast. I myself am another Aussie living in the Hunter Valley. We had a fire go through a few years back. I was at work and could see smoke coming from the direction of my paddocks. We lived on a Thoroughbred stud that my husband worked at so I rang him to see if the fires were close to my horses. He said they were ok it looked further away then my paddocks. About 10 min later I left work with a gut feeling that they were not safe,(35min drive to paddocks)at the same time my husband thought he had better go check them. I arrived to find the paddocks(about40 acres) totally burnt out. My husband was putting out the fire on the fence post and I was terrified as to what state the ponies were in. My husband caught me as I started to run towards where they were to tell me they were all ok. Apparently as he arrived he could only see one older mare in the already burnt out area. She was always the grumpy one. Kept all the youngsters in line. She only had to look at them and they would get out of her way. The paddock was full on alight and travelling up hill fast my husband said. He couldn’t get anywhere near the horses as they were up in the bushy corner near the top of the hill in front of the fire. While he was panicking thinking i would kill him for telling me not to leave work because the fire wasnt near the horses the old mare ran up the fence line into the fire and came flying out along the other fence line with the other four younsters in tow. When I walked up there you could see where they had been trapped in a corner, the ground was all churned up. So the grumpy, bossey old mare had taken it appon herself to go bring the rest out to safety. Besides a little frazzled hair not one of them was hurt! Every bit of the paddock was totally burned but she had saved them all. Fire was started by a trailer wheels bearings over heating and the wheel coming off and rolling into the paddock down hill from mine!
    Love the work you do. We are never to old to learn. I’ve been pretty successful with my show ponies over 40 year or so and working with other peoples horses, plus night watchman on Tb studs but you have tough me quite a bit recently. So thank you.
    Cheers Jo

    • admin
      admin says:

      Wow… what an incredible story Jo! Really amazing what the older mare did. That must have been a very intense experience.

  27. Elisabeth
    Elisabeth says:

    Just listened to the first podcast. I was riveted to the spot. What a scary time that was in Australia. I’m in New Zealand but there were bush fires here a few years ago so I understand the dreadful nature of them. To this day I keep halters & lead ropes near my door in case I need them in a hurry. Amazing that the horses found the trailer. Heroic work for sure.

  28. Mervi Kuoppamäki
    Mervi Kuoppamäki says:

    Thanks for the podcast! It was very interesting and gave a lot of thoughts about life and communication overall. BR, Mervi

  29. Edith-Marjan
    Edith-Marjan says:

    Oh oh oh how incredibly beautiful this podcast I sat listening almost the entire time with tears rolling down my cheeks. Tristan super thanks for this podcast, you take us into a deep experience that and bring this experience to the now and your view of TRT. It touches me very much and feel blessed to be a part of this TRT community. I find the background of what we want to teach our horses from your experience and wisdom incredibly enriching and deep going and can relate to this 100 percent. My gratitude is great. With tremendous gratitude and love Edith-Marjan

  30. Christine
    Christine says:

    Wow! Horrendous. These fires are becoming more wide spread over planet earth now than before..maybe. My religion is horse, but it makes you Thank God! for those miracles that end up safely. My heart bleeds for all living beings who loose their lives in fires… Horrendous.
    Thank you for sharing this, Tristan, and the thought provoking insights you take from it.
    I once watched a bale of hay self-ignite. Humans too often keep horses in potentially dangerous conditions unknowingly.

  31. Bella Collins
    Bella Collins says:

    Tristan- you authentically shared with us on the first Podcast a truly moving experience. It highlights for us to reflect on our own stories and those experiences that shape us. Especially those in relation to our horses. Thank you for this insight. So happy you “finally” conceded to establishing the TRT Podcast. Looking forward to this journey 🙂

  32. Tijn
    Tijn says:

    I love this type of podcast! And I would love to listen to more podcasts on the subject of your early experiences. I think it is a very good supplement to the online community and the TRT method to hear what you have experienced with horses and to understand even more where you come from.

  33. Cori D.
    Cori D. says:

    Thank you very much for the heart-felt podcast! You are right – we need to have our horses discovering the answers and not relying on us to do it for them. You sure have made me begin to think differently and wonder what mine would do in dire circumstances like that. I am so blessed to not have had any fire experience. God bless you!

  34. Yvonne
    Yvonne says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this Incredible and intense story. It must have been very scared and intense.
    Thanks again and for making podcast! Love the video s and follow your method and the journey!

  35. Hetty
    Hetty says:

    It is a pleasure listening, and being able to see you at the same time.
    What a beautiful story and lesson for us all.
    Thanks!

  36. Juliet Allnutt
    Juliet Allnutt says:

    That was amazing to listen to and really thought provoking. I am in the S W France and although I am well inland from the recent fires nearer the coast we could still smell the smoke and see the haze. Nature is a powerful force.
    I wonder what my three horses would do in a similar situation. I like to think they would instinctively chose self preservation, make the correct choice and head away from danger, but you have made me question that. Have WE trained our animals so well that they no longer think for themselves knowing that we will make the decisions for them ? Please do lots more of these podcasts, we can all learn from your experiences and you have a natural talent for making them both interesting and informative.

  37. Charlie
    Charlie says:

    Great wisdom and insight Mr. Tucker. I was mesmerized and loved your analogies of how your experience related to how you train today.

  38. Jane
    Jane says:

    Incredible bravery and compassion by you and Paul. Thank you and a great piece of some of your life story and the insights you spoke of at the end.

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