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.
Distracted and overreactive vs responsive and aware, how can I train my horse to respond better?
Is it the object or the energy level that triggers your horse?
What does your horse do…when …other horses are running…deer jumping…new object appear…loud sounds happen…
It is easy to think about the ‘things’ involved but I like to think about the ‘energy’ they create. In this episode I answer two listener questions on this subject and discuss changing horses first reactions, improving riders muscle memory…and more.
How can I STOP my horse from being aggressive towards other horses?!
House rules. Pasture rules. Grandma’s rules…
Do you really mean that? Are you bluffing?
Can I chase your kids?
Can I have your spot in the pecking order?
When you walk by a stall does a the stalled horse threaten?
When you walk by a tied horse…does that horse threaten?
When you are leading or riding…does the horse you’re riding or leading threaten?
Your horses have questions…do you have answers
Challenging Conversations with Your Horse
Q&A: How much say do you let your horses have your two way conversation?
What types of things do you allow the horse to say?
I love the idea of listening…but I'm getting a lot of backtalk... maybe I’m being too easy on her?
⭐ How do you build emotional control with a horse who gets frustrated and defensive to your corrections?
Selling or rehoming an older horse
This episode contains general thoughts around selling horses and I answer a listener asks a question about a horse who is aging: how to find him the best next place and be sure that he will be well taken care of.
I discuss reasons for selling, including,
Safety- Training mismatch between horse and rider
Enjoyment- energy level mismatch
financial mismatch- can’t afford to keep them, can’t afford to have multiples
And I offer ideas on how to prevent them from slaughter.
Using curiosity, receiving feedback and stages of relationship impact training your horse
A confident, dominant mare who doesn’t really want to connect, a two year old that pins her ears at certain movements, and a horse that wrings its tail when ridden. I’m answering these listener questions and tying them all together with the themes of using curiosity when training, receiving feedback from your horse and how the stages of the relationship change the dynamics.
Exercise: coach yourself to coach your horse
Here are four ways exercise can improve your riding.
1-To exercise regularly you’ll need to coach yourself
2- Exercise can help you physically become stronger, more flexible and more coordinated.
3-Exercise can help you understand your horses mind… Your goal is to be more understanding and encouraging…not critical and judgement… (learn to coach yourself, then coach your horse)
4- Exercise can improve your horses body…because a fit rider has better balance and is easier to carry.
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Thank you Stacy for answering my questions on your podcast. Your advice is so spot on and helpful for me and my horses!
Listen to Stacy❤️🥰💯
She definitely has her act together 😇
I can’t believe the help she has given me for my nurse mare foal that I’ve had for almost 5 years. Wilda was from the same group Presto came from. I LOVE watching his progress🤗🥰 keep up your smart, amazing, kind words of wisdom🙌😇
Best investment of your time if you want to improve yourself and your horse
Every topic is filled with helpful information you can use right now no matter what your level, experience, discipline or background. Stacy managed to motivate, support and inspire you to be the best version of yourself while achieving the most with your horse. And bonus, everything can be applied to other aspects of your life as well. I love that she shares her personal stories, challenges and experiences so you know she’s not “do as I say, not as I do” type teaching. She’s been there, done that, and can help you get there or avoid mistakes too. Never too long, or too complicated or too much of the same thing. Do yourself a favor and start listening, it’s the best investment you can give yourself and your horse.