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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 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.

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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 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.

    Q&A: 5 tips for trail riding young horses & goals during pregnancy

    Q&A: 5 tips for trail riding young horses & goals during pregnancy

    Today I answer two listener questions.
    Question #1- "My question for you is how you can tell when your horse is ready to go on its first trail ride. What kind of skills do you like to have in the arena? And then what do you practice on the first trail? Right. How do you know when to call it quits and what are your goals on your first time going out?"
    Question #2- "My question is about balancing training your horse, being a mom and also being pregnant. I'm on my second pregnancy now and I'm just going

    • 35 min
    The Tipping Point in Horse Training.

    The Tipping Point in Horse Training.

    What is a tipping point in horse training? Why does it matter? How would it help with spooking?
    In today's episode, I discuss the idea of tipping points and how they impact my outlook on training. I see smaller tipping points where the small day after day lessons finally result in a bigger change. I also see larger tipping points, where clusters of training ideas come together to form even larger tipping points...which is when training gets really fun.
    I also discuss Resistance (a reference to Stephen Pre

    • 22 min
    Improving Steering & Teaching Neck Reining, Once in a Lifetime Horses

    Improving Steering & Teaching Neck Reining, Once in a Lifetime Horses

    The Complete Guide to Improving Steering and Teaching Neck Reining is here! If you like this podcast, this course is the video & teaching version...on the subject of steering!
    Later in the podcast, I discuss the idea of ‘once in a lifetime’ horses. I’ve had three so far…at least in the public view. What does that mean?
    And finally, I update you on my horses. I discuss getting started again after a break, Where I feel the ‘loss’ the most and the concept of finding the ‘holes’ in a horse's

    • 23 min
    Equine Career Q&A, Full Confession and Self Awareness

    Equine Career Q&A, Full Confession and Self Awareness

    In this episode, I make a confession about how much (or not much) I have been working my horses, I discuss self-awareness and I answer 12 horse training/career questions for a young lady who wrote in.

    Horse Training Interview Questions

    What inspired you to be involved in this career?
    Describe one of the challenges in your career?
    What is the most rewarding part of your job?
    Why did you choose to go to the University of Findlay to pursue this career path?
    What qualities do you think a person in th

    • 37 min
    Good horse training is boring...

    Good horse training is boring...

    This week's podcast continues explaining the levels of training that horses go through. I describe the middle part of horse training as boring…
    Picture a bell curve. The beginning of the curve is the beginning of the horse's training. I call it elementary school and quite a few exciting things happen there; haltering, saddling, bridling & riding.
    Then we get to the middle of the bell curve. Where the changes are subtle and the hours are long. The long, repetitive middle. Like Wednesday, everyday…if yo

    • 38 min
    Why would I look forward to my horse spooking?

    Why would I look forward to my horse spooking?

    In this episode, I explain the stages of horse training as I see them. I use the levels of elementary school, high school and college as levels of horse training. I explain what I’m looking for in those stages…and the idea that just riding a horse for more hours does not necessarily mean they keep moving up through the levels.
    In this episode, I go into detail with Presto who is in elementary school. I also explain why I don’t feel safe until a horse in elementary school spooks…and recovers.
    Durin

    • 34 min

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