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Stacy Westfall teaches people how to understand, enjoy and successfully train their own horses. In her podcast, she shares all of her knowledge in her area of expertise: horses. She offers insights into issues that riders face in their own minds as well as the way they are viewing the challenges and goals they have with horses. She shares tips on becoming a better rider as well as a better leader for your horse. Discover how you can understand things from your horses point of view so that yo ...
 
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In this episode I’m answering two questions that illustrate the dance between the horses body and the horses mind. The goal for us humans is to learn to read the body…to see what the horses is giving us for feedback. The challenge is that as we train our horses we are often working to increase their comfort zone. How can we tell if the horse has th…
 
“What have you learned by studying Classical Dressage? What things changed? Will you continue to ride Dressage?” I answer these questions and discuss the similarities and differences, precision, speed, accuracy, transitions, self carriage and more. Some of these things I discovered myself…others my horses reported to me. The short answer is yes, I’…
 
On trail rides there are many situations for scary footing; boggy areas, water crossing, big ditches, hills and more. In those moments do you have a plan that covers the things your horse might do? Are the cues you use interfering or helping the horses balance? This podcast discusses the rider fears, the reason that horses panic in these footings a…
 
Today I’m answering two questions. The first is about an injured horse that is hand walking…his owner would like suggestions about maintaining other routines through groundwork. The other question is about trick training…clicker training, loading the clicker, using the clicker when riding…and what is a trick anyway?…
 
Today I’m answering two questions about older horses. One about restarting and one about a horse that doesn’t want to listen when he can’t see the herd. What is the difference between training a young horse vs retraining an older horse? Are there different risks starting an older horse under saddle? When working with herd bound horses…why does it s…
 
Many riders struggle to find more subtle cue systems and feel like they are constantly in the horses mouth...overusing the rein cues. Learning how to ride with an independent seat can be a challenge. In this episode, I answer a listener question and explain how I approach this issue. I also explain where and how this ‘wobble’ appears naturally duri…
 
A listener asks a question about feeling overwhelmed. She is studying and learning about good horsemanship, developing true partnership and relationship. She is aware there are a LOT of things happening. First I give an overview, then I give FIVE actionable steps for addressing this and then I close with a real life example that includes a miniatur…
 
Today’s podcast is on the subject of thoughts that rob joy from our horse adventures. This can apply to anything you decide to do with your horse. Trail riding. Taking a riding lesson. Even going out by yourself to work your own horse. The question is specifically about showing but I assure you the mental side of this conversation is happening in e…
 
The first six minutes of this episode could change how you think about horses forever. Where would you start with a horse that is a bully when leading to and from the pasture, pins ears when feeding, pulls back with the farrier and sometimes when trailer loading too? On a positive note she does collect well in the ring at the walk, trot and canter …
 
Is it the object or the energy level that triggers your horse? What does your horse do…when …other horses are running…deer jumping…new object appear…loud sounds happen… It is easy to think about the ‘things’ involved but I like to think about the ‘energy’ they create. In this episode I answer two listener questions on this subject and discuss chang…
 
House rules. Pasture rules. Grandma’s rules… Do you really mean that? Are you bluffing? Can I chase your kids? Can I have your spot in the pecking order? When you walk by a stall does a the stalled horse threaten? When you walk by a tied horse…does that horse threaten? When you are leading or riding…does the horse you’re riding or leading threaten?…
 
Q&A: How much say do you let your horses have your two way conversation? What types of things do you allow the horse to say? I love the idea of listening…but I'm getting a lot of backtalk... maybe I’m being too easy on her? ⭐ How do you build emotional control with a horse who gets frustrated and defensive to your corrections?…
 
This episode contains general thoughts around selling horses and I answer a listener asks a question about a horse who is aging: how to find him the best next place and be sure that he will be well taken care of. I discuss reasons for selling, including, Safety- Training mismatch between horse and rider Enjoyment- energy level mismatch financial mi…
 
A confident, dominant mare who doesn’t really want to connect, a two year old that pins her ears at certain movements, and a horse that wrings its tail when ridden. I’m answering these listener questions and tying them all together with the themes of using curiosity when training, receiving feedback from your horse and how the stages of the relatio…
 
Here are four ways exercise can improve your riding. 1-To exercise regularly you’ll need to coach yourself 2- Exercise can help you physically become stronger, more flexible and more coordinated. 3-Exercise can help you understand your horses mind…if you’re going to coach him to work…get good at coaching YOU to work. Your goal is to be more underst…
 
In a perfect world…what would this year look like with your horse? What would you accomplish? In January of 2022…what would you like to have achieved? In this podcast I share with you how I use my calendar and tracking to get so much done. One of the reasons that I take January goal setting so seriously is because with three horses, show goals, fam…
 
If you were forced to choose between having a great relationship with your horse OR getting big results…which would you choose? Relationship OR results? Do you think you have to choose…or do you think you can have both? Today I’m explaining how I get BIG RESULTS…while still keeping the relationship the main thing. I’ll teach you how to prioritize y…
 
Are you going after big goals with your horses? How do you define 'big goal'? What does that look like for you? Here are three reasons I often see riders avoid setting big goals: 1) You are afraid of how it will feel to fail 2) You’re afraid of how you might treat your horse while trying to achieve the goal 3) You don’t know how to get there In thi…
 
Which horse first inspired you? The earliest memory I have of being inspired by a real horse was my mom, reading stories to me of Man O War aka Big Red. Stories like these gave me a glimpse into a world filled with horses. The authors wrote of horses with heart and ‘the look of eagles.’ In this podcast, I share with you some of the stories that ins…
 
How do you separate fear from danger? In this podcast I discuss the importance of recognizing fear and what it could be pointing to. I also explain why it is important for riders to increase their understanding. I’m also celebrating the two year anniversary of the podcast…and discussing the challenge of doing something you’re uncomfortable with.…
 
I almost bought a horse. In this episode, I discuss many of the factors that went into my decision to NOT buy the horse including logic, emotion, daily life, time invested, purchase price, resale, etc. I know everyone's situation is different but I think that listening to how someone else is making decisions can be helpful.…
 
How many times in your life have you made a list of things you want? I’ve done it in different forms for years. Maybe it was on a financial list…things I want to buy. Maybe it was on a goal list…things I want to do. Maybe it was on a bucket list…things I can only dare to dream… In this podcast, you'll take a brief quiz...and then discover how to ma…
 
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