189 episodes

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.

Train Your Own Horse with Stacy Westfall Stacy Westfall

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    • 4.8 • 46 Ratings

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.

    Why I teach with patterns…and how it isn’t about the pattern.

    Why I teach with patterns…and how it isn’t about the pattern.

    When I say that I ride the same pattern over and over again in training, the most common question is, “Doesn’t the horse memorize the pattern?”
    In this podcast, I explain:
    the reasons I teach with simple patterns how using the same pattern with different techniques can help you understand how the technique influences the horse  why switching patterns when horses anticipate the pattern actually robs you of a great training opportunity.  There are three stages that horses and riders go through if they ride my four leaf clover pattern over and over again. Riders who commit to moving through all three stages create a situation where both horse and rider realize, it was never about the pattern at all. 
    It was about improving communication.

    • 23 min
    Moving faster or slower than your horse; physically and mentally

    Moving faster or slower than your horse; physically and mentally

    Are you willing to be out of sync with your horse to make progress?
    In this podcast, I talk about the idea of moving faster or slower than your horse as a concept that exists both physically, and mentally. 
    When physically riding a horse, it makes sense that you could be 
    ’ahead’ of the horse's motion, ‘with’ the horse's motion, or ‘behind’ the horse's motion. 
    When riders learn how to ride, they are taught to move with the horse at all times. What if the next level of learning happens when you aim for another position?
    I also share how this ‘ahead’, ‘with’, ‘behind’ can also show up mentally when working with your horse. A listener shares a success story that illustrates how getting ‘ahead’ can bring a horse into a state of being ‘with’…and it feels truly amazing. 

    • 21 min
    Episode 187: The backward cycle of learning; 'after', 'during', 'before'

    Episode 187: The backward cycle of learning; 'after', 'during', 'before'

    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just read a book or see a demonstration once…and just do the new thing with ease?
    The reality is often quite different. I would even go as far as saying that the process is backward from what we desire.
    Take the example of changing a current habit, where you release the rein, to a new habit…a slightly different release point. 
    First, you must gain awareness of the new release point. Maybe an instructor or a video suggests this change.
    When you go out to practice…you will often realize AFTER you have missed the timing…that you were late. 
    Eventually, with practice, you’ll get closer and closer to the timing, maybe you'll even notice DURING…but you’ll probably still notice you’re a moment late.
    Then, with enough practice, you’ll see the proper timing BEFORE the moment approaches…and you’ll release with perfect timing. 
    The challenge is that both the ‘after’ and the ‘during’ stages feel like constant mistakes. And you can choose to view them that way, or you can view this as the practice you need to finally achieve your new habit. 

    • 20 min
    Specific vs. non-specific riding

    Specific vs. non-specific riding

    This podcast was recorded while I was on a long, ‘non’ specific ride.
    I categorize riding sessions into four different types to increase my awareness and effectiveness. 
    I often teach students how to do short, very specific rides. You’ll hear why in the podcast. 
    This could be a pep talk for how to ride for time and effectiveness…AND it could also be considered ‘permission’ to do long, nonspecific rides for enjoyment.

    • 17 min
    How to determine if your self concept is slowing you down.

    How to determine if your self concept is slowing you down.

    Self-concept is how you perceive your behaviors and abilities. It affects your motivation, attitude, and behavior. It is possible that your self concept is slowing you down more than your technical skills. 
    Signs your self concept might need an upgrade:
    You have trouble staying motivated to work with your horse. When you do work with your horse, you see mostly what isn’t working. When you do have success, you quickly have thoughts like ‘this is a fluke’,  or ‘I won’t be able to do it again.’ Improving your self concept is more than just thinking better thoughts. It is a skill that you can learn. I give real life examples that clearly illustrate the power of this concept. 

    • 25 min
    The benefits and challenges of learning to evaluate your ride

    The benefits and challenges of learning to evaluate your ride

    Have you developed the skill of evaluating your rides? 
    The skill of evaluating yourself is highly valuable. It improves your ability to be fully present during your ride, it makes you more coachable when you receive instruction, and you get results faster.
    If all this is true…why do people resist evaluating themselves?
    The main reason people avoid it is that they haven’t learned how…so they default to criticism and self judgement.
    Evaluating yourself is a SKILL that you can develop. It is a process you can learn. In this episode, I explain the value, the challenges and offer two tips for overcoming the resistance to evaluating yourself.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Taya Lynn ,

Podcast Inspiration

Your in-depth information and personal experience podcasts are excellent. I have been able to get a plan for my advancement of my riding. Really my personal growth is evolving with the help of your ability to communicate concrete solutions for resolving life’s issues. Thanks so much for exploring the topic of confidence. My horses are teaching me to believe in myself and to achieve my goals This podcast helped me explore my feelings much appreciated.

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