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.
Messy Middle or normal process: reducing frustration and increasing fun
Unlocking Potential: Recognizing the layers of training
“…there are hundreds of exchanges that are happening between horse and rider, and being able to observe those in as much detail as you can really helps you unlock what's happening with the communication.”
In this episode, two students join me, and we discuss the breakthroughs that are possible when the rider begins seeing the layers of training. The depth of learning lies in perceiving these layers and how they are impacting communication.
Creating cycles of curiosity
The value of being a better observer
Seeing the horse as capable
Seeing yourself as capable
Physically getting stronger
Repetition is more opportunities to say, yes, that is the answer, yes, yes!
By hearing from different perspectives, the concepts shared might land differently for you, and inspire you to recognize your horse's and your own capabilities.
Becoming congruent: The skill of shifting your perspective
Three students join me and share their challenges, and life lessons learned through horses.
As you listen, pay close attention to the choices these students have made and how being part of a community supported this change.
Topics discussed include:
The wordless connection with horses Money Learning at your own pace The approach we learn with ourselves, and then use with our horses (and others in life) Becoming congruent Look for the good first Celebrating together I hope that by sharing their stories, you'll hear that what they've achieved and realize it is possible for you too.
Frustration dissolves when you learn to structure and evaluate your rides
Frustration is an emotion that many riders report they feel. In this episode, Kathy and JoAnn share their personal journeys, which include leaving every ride feeling fulfilled and happy.
Listen for the challenges AND for how they navigated their way to the break thoughts.
Notice the determination exhibited when learning to self evaluate,
and the mindfulness they used in creating their own structure for training at home.
At one point this question is asked, ‘So now if she anticipates something, what’s your reaction to it?” Listen for the answer…it's brilliant!
* structuring rides when there is limited time
* the importance of being able to ask questions when they arise
* the value of self-evaluation skills for discovering the discrepancies between the rider's perception of what they are doing, and the reality
* the role of mindset when overcoming obstacles
* the benefits and limitations of learning at a clinic
* learning when you live in a rural area
This episode is filled with valuable insights, and by the end, you'll see how it was possible for them…and it’s possible for you too.
The value of seeing the whole process
In this episode, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a glimpse behind the scenes into the lives and journey of two students inside the Resourceful Rider program.
Through these heartfelt conversations, you'll gain insight into their personal journeys. They'll share their stories of overcoming challenges, celebrating successes, and experiencing life-changing moments that have shaped their paths.
Feeling like you might not be ready Linear vs 3D training plans The setbacks that come when ‘leveling up’ Retraining the frustration response Not viewing the horse as being defiant Self evaluation to improve feel and timing Non-judgmental learning This episode is filled with wisdom and inspiration, and by the end, you'll see how it was possible for them…and it’s possible for you too. Let's get started!
Choosing and Celebrating Success
In this episode of Stacy Westfall's podcast, she delves into the concept of defining and celebrating success. Stacy reflects on why she didn't mention Gabby's recent winnings, contemplating whether it was due to societal pressures and fear of being labeled as bragging. She also highlights the importance of introspection, explaining that she didn't share her winnings because her focus was on the lessons learned from smaller, more meaningful moments during her training with Gabby.
Stacy emphasizes the shift in her perspective about measuring success. Instead of fixating on external achievements, she now values personal growth and the journey with her horses. She believes that horses enjoy learning, whether it leads to showing or simply enhances their training.
The podcast episode is followed by testimonials from listeners who have implemented Stacy's techniques in their horse training. They share stories of success and personal growth, illustrating the transformative power of understanding oneself and one's horse. The episode underscores the importance of mindfulness and self-awareness when working with horses, emphasizing that this approach leads to a more fulfilling and successful partnership between horse and rider.
I have just started listening to this podcast and I’m already loving it! ☺️☺️☺️
I love her podcast she is so honest and descriptive.
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.