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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.

    Why lunging horses? Benefits and warnings.

    Why lunging horses? Benefits and warnings.

    Question: You referenced lunging in your podcast and videos. I was hoping you could talk more about it. Perhaps elaborate on how you go about it and what you're looking for and feeling for from the horse?


    Answer includes: Why lunge at all?
    Where it comes in useful.
    How to use it to teach rhythm.
    Why lunging has a bad reputation.
    Why people struggle to learn to lunge (or avoid it).
    How the line should feel in your hand…and more.

    • 47 min
    Put yourself in the role of the horse

    Put yourself in the role of the horse

    How are you doing? Before you answer that question, I'd like you to pretend that you are a horse. What's the first image that comes to mind? An Arabian? A racehorse? An overworked driving horse?
    During this podcast, I share with you my idea that maybe it is helpful if we view our situations from a slightly different angle.
    It is also interesting to sometimes use the horse training techniques on OURSELVES.
    Are you rocking the teeter-totter?
    Are you working the emotional AND physical cycles?
    Where are

    • 26 min
    Using More Leg on Hot Horses

    Using More Leg on Hot Horses

    Q: After warming up and we're beginning to work, I have a really hard time keeping his gait consistent, usually start out slow and easy. But as we continue on, he has a tendency to increase his speed and will tense up and occasionally throw his head. Whenever I ask for a change of gait, especially downward transitions in, it most often happens during the lope. It also happens when I'm lunging him prior to riding, and I would like to know your opinion on how my contributing to his craziness ...

    • 46 min
    Training Horses for Others vs Training Your Own.

    Training Horses for Others vs Training Your Own.

    Question: “I was wondering how you keep your motivation for riding your own horses when you are training other people's horses. I feel like I have to have a lot of motivation for everyone else's horses to keep them going and keep them working towards their goals. But I have a lot of trouble working my horses.”

    Answer: There are many ways too look at this. Here are a few to consider.
    Look for similarities or contrasts between your goals with your horse vs your customers horses.
    Do you plan to show

    • 33 min
    How to Teach a Horse to Spook

    How to Teach a Horse to Spook

    How to teach your horse to spook, in three easy steps!
    1) start with a horse with lack of experience or holes in the training
    2) try not rock the boat…
    3) when the horse has doubts, reduce the pressure or request
    Thanks for humoring me there.
    Sometimes when I’m thinking about a subject…I try to consider all angles and this time, I decide that telling this story backward would be interesting. I really do go through the steps of how to teach a horse to spook...but I then follow it up with how NOT

    • 37 min
    Teaching horses tricks...or problems?

    Teaching horses tricks...or problems?

    Can training horses to do tricks like rearing, bowing or lying down cause problems? I answer this question by using examples of six different horses to illustrate my answer...which is sometimes yes and sometimes no.
    I also explain how I decide which horses are better candidates than others...and how timing does matter.
    I discuss a comment left on the show notes of the last podcast and expand a bit more on the idea of dismounting as a way to avoid problems.
    In keeping with the seasons theme, 'What's goi

    • 37 min

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