182 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

    • Sports
    • 4.8 • 328 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.

    How to deal with a mouthy horse and prevent biting.

    How to deal with a mouthy horse and prevent biting.

    A listener asks how to correct her mouthy horse and how to keep mouthiness or biting from happening in the first place. In this podcast, I explain why biting happens, the most common problem I see people making, and I give  actionable instructions on how to be more engaging, interesting and clear. 
    Learning how to prevent this behavior will also teach you a skill that is useful and transferable from groundwork into ridden work too. 

    • 28 min
    Episode 181- Three reasons it can be challenging to sit a horses lope

    Episode 181- Three reasons it can be challenging to sit a horses lope

    A listener asks how she can sit the lope or canter without popping out of the saddle. She says, “I seem to pop out of the saddle quite a bit…Some people ride so quiet in a saddle, others seem to come up out of the saddle as their horse moves. I can't seem to sit to him as much as I try.”
    In answering the question I discuss: how the horses build affects the rider, how the horses training level impacts their ability to ‘lift’ or carry a rider…and how if this is lacking it makes the horse difficult to ride smoothly, the stages where it is more approprate to sit lightly vs deeply...and several ways you can improve your seat.

    • 37 min
    Help, my horse started laying down while riding

    Help, my horse started laying down while riding

    What would you do if your horse started to lie down while you were riding?
    Here are some reasons a horse might try to lay down when riding:
    Horse is interested in rolling in water, mud or sand. Horse is itchy from sweat or bugs. Horse is colicky. Horse has discovered that laying down is rewarded.
    In this episode, I cover these and a few more possibilities and I share the cue that both discourages, redirects…and is the ‘end’ cue for horses that are trained to lie down on purpose. 

    • 32 min
    Getting forward motion from a horse without negative tension.

    Getting forward motion from a horse without negative tension.

    A listener calls in, “My question is about how to create forward without creating negative tension.” This starts a discussion on how riders often bring tension to the session, including both their worry about causing tension AND in their cue system application. I discuss how my cue system changes between colt starting and more advanced movements, including the idea that sometimes the 2nd grade version contains more energy.
    I include an actionable ‘test’ you can perform the next time you lead your horse from the pasture or the stall, as well as a discussion on stretching the horse's comfort zone. Finally, at the end, I pull it all together by describing how I use relaxation as a base I return to. 

    • 41 min
    My mare goes from calm and sweet to disconnected: self awareness, anticipation, and adjustability

    My mare goes from calm and sweet to disconnected: self awareness, anticipation, and adjustability

    A listener asks a question about her mare, who at first appears, “…very good and calm, until she's worked out what it is we're doing and starts to anticipate.”  The answer involves understanding the riders' role in both the calm and the anticipation, identifying how anticipation can look different between hot and cold horses, and a training exercise to help adjust what the horse is anticipating. 

    • 36 min
    Rein contact: does your horse think support or correction?

    Rein contact: does your horse think support or correction?

    A listener asks a question about the different levels of contact between dressage and reining. On the surface this seems like a question about a horse accepting the change between the two…but I took the answer much deeper than that. 
    I explain how the rider's opinion of contact changes the horse's experience, and two specific reasons I think riders feel challenged around contact. I give many examples of how horses can report their experience of contact, and I share the specific order that I train my horses in that allows them to view contact as support…not correction. 
    I also touch on bridleless riding and the idea of self carriage and the feeling of riding a fully adjustable horse. 

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
328 Ratings

328 Ratings

Lheinrich ,

Motivating

This podcast helped renew my interest in riding more and learning more. The show and the information have definitely shifted and grown over the years but I find the concepts and the understanding of the horses perspective amazing.

Addie's pony adventure ,

Help

Hey Stacy my horse Rt is skittish oh water. But I ride across rivers a lot. Please help!

MountainSideHorses ,

So thankful

I started at the beginning of your podcast journey a little over a week ago and I’m already on session #31. I’m also watching your training sessions from Jac. I can’t thank you enough for your expertise. I really connect with your teaching method and love the way you can compare horse situations to child like behaviors. I have a new found passion for wanting to start working with my horse on the basics and seeing how much we can grow.
Thank you so much for sharing your passion and teaching us your methods! ♥️

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