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 you can enjoy the learning process with your horse. When you are able to understand what your horse is experiencing mentally and physically the process of learning new things becomes more enjoyable.
Your goals may be showing, trail riding or simply enjoying life with horses-all of which Stacy enjoys herself.
She shares her own struggles and successes to allow listeners to understand that everyone experiences ups and downs.
Through her podcast, website, YouTube channel and social media Stacy answers questions about: Fear, when to sell a horse, goal setting, safety, ground work, trailer loading, lead changes, reining, spins, stops, western dressage, ranch riding, when to get help, lessons, clinics and improving your safety, success and enjoyment of horses.
Episode 167: Things to consider when prepping for first big horse show
A listener asks about how to prepare her 4 year old for his first big horse show.
Topics discussed when answering include:
how to prep depending on the result you’re after (big show or first show), the importance of understanding your horses default (naturally steady, naturally skeptical), knowing the training routine/pattern that helps your horse recover how to prepare yourself and your horse for the feeling of ‘focused intensity’ that riders often have at shows. Observant riders become skilled at predicting what the horse needs to produce confidence and consistency. First this happens at home…then it transfers to shows.
Goal Setting & Overcoming Obstacles Starter Kit
Obstacles can become stepping stones to your dreams!
In this podcast I’ll discuss; Why people avoid setting goals or quit, the role of dreams, dealing with the obstacle you know…and the obstacles you don’t.
As a bonus, I also share how to make more theoretical the goal’s like ‘gain confidence’ into actionable, measurable steps.
If you are ready to take consistent steps towards your dream, go download the free workbook and PDF that go with this and get started today!
Mastery and the Plateau
Does it ever feel like the more you learn-the further you are from arriving?
This week I read, Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long Term Fulfillment by George Leonard. In this podcast, I read five passages and explain how I see them show up in the journey with horses. This totally explains why my recent goal setting has been a struggle. Listen to learn what mastery is...and isn't...as well as how, "To love the plateau is to love what is most essential and enduring in your life."
Untangling thoughts with help
I love that I sound like a bit of a mess in this episode.
This year I’m setting a goal that is hard to measure and even a bit of a challenge to put into words. I do a lot of journaling but this subject had me a bit stuck which is my clue that I need a little help from a friend.
In this episode you’ll hear Suzi help me talk through ‘untangling my brain.’ And joy of all joys…I actually make a connection at the end of the podcast that will echo through the rest of 2022!
A Year End Review
Do you pause each year to reflect back on the things you did…or didn’t…accomplish?
In this conversation my good friend Suzi Vlietstra helps me do just that. As you listen, I hope you reflect and can hear how we are cleaning up our thinking before starting the next. I find that bouncing ideas off a good friend, or listening in to someone doing this, can help me think about things from a new perspective. I hope this conversation does that for you.
Leave room for the magic
I think there can be a magical dance between dreaming and doing.
In this podcast I discuss:
dreaming and the nuts-and-bolts of training why it looks like some trainers don’t like horses how to make progress when you aren’t sure exactly what you want to do with your horse the idea that all disciplines share the same foundation training