Great insight and an effective teaching style have made Stacy Westfall one of the most popular and sought-after clinicians in the horse industry. Her famous bareback & bridleless championship ride, seen by millions on the Internet, led to an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show. In addition to her accomplishments within the reining arena, Stacy Westfall is the only woman to win the Road to the Horse colt starting competition. In 2012 Stacy was also inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. With her husband, Jesse, she presents clinics at venues worldwide to inspire and teach people how to build better relationships with their horses.
In this photo Presto (left) is eight weeks old and Justice (right) is seven weeks old. It’s hard to believe that Presto was weaned from his mom at three days old and Justice at around two and a half weeks. Watching them grow they seem big to me…but in reality they are...read more
How do you approach body clipping foals if they aren’t halter trained yet? With good technique. The technique is the same one you should use with any horse (approach and retreat) but the application is different. Think about that sentence for a minute. The technique,...read more
This photo shows how I have spent much of my time since adopting Presto and Justice. There are three things to notice here: #1- my right hand is mixing the foal milk (click for video) #2-my left hand is putting away my cell phone (I was probably Snapchatting) #3-the...read more
There sure is a lot going on in this video! Willow, the dun mare at the beginning is surprised by seeing foals. She hasn’t been around babies since she was one so you can see a curiosity and almost a concern/fear with her body language. She was ready to run. Jackie,...read more
This is a pretty cool video clip. Do you remember that in the blog where I announced that I was going to adopt from Last Chance Corral, I also showed a photo of the ultrasound confirming that our mare was in foal? This is the same mare. This short video is from...read more
Wow did it get HOT over the weekend! Thankfully it was only one day but a twenty degree increase in temperature is pretty hard to take. The drastic temperature increase caused me to introduce the foals to two new things; a fan ice cubes! I wish I had been recording...read more
Our new arena is going up! I love this first photo of the trees and the sky. You can see where the pad for the arena has been leveled and if you look closely up along the tree line (further away-opposite end from the truck) you can see the pad where our house will be....read more
When I just plugged my phone it it displayed 2% charge…and my first thought was, “Well, it has more left than I do.” Ever have one of those days? In a text I sent to a friend earlier to day I explained my delayed response by saying, ‘They started drilling post hoses...read more
I like thinking outside the box. It isn’t that thinking inside the box is bad…it’s more that I can add to that knowledge by thinking differently at times. Let’s apply this thought to halter breaking. When does halter breaking begin? That...read more
If you ever find yourself with an orphan foal for whatever reason you will need to be prepared to offer them the nutrition that they need. The two foals that I have were taught to drink from a bucket for several reasons. The first is that the foals like to drink small...read more
Adopting these two has been remarkably like bringing home a child. Expect them to sleep, wake, pee, poop, eat, sleep…repeat! Throw in some play time and it pretty much sums up the days for now. Although it is fun, watching the foals right now is also critical....read more
I asked for your questions and many of you responded. It looks like the number one question was ‘What made you choose these two babies?” It’s a bit of a story…but I will try to make it shortish. From the first time I saw Last Chance Corral...read more
A quick blog, late at night, to update everyone on the foals… …as of 3:15 this afternoon we officially loaded up our nurse mare foals and headed home! Both foals came with names that Last Chance Corral had given them. The little draft cross on the left...read more
How would you finish this sentence? Over the years I have had several concerned owners tell me their plans or ask for my advice…but in most cases I think that the issue goes largely undiscussed. About a month ago I met a man who had recently bought a very nice,...read more
Today has officially gone to the ‘babies’…foals that is. I started my day with a trip to the vet to confirm that my husbands favorite mare was in foal. I’m happy to announce that she is! For us this is exciting news because my husband Jesse excels at matching...read more
I’m simultaneously excited and exhausted. Excited because I’m finally making my big announcement in this blog (give me a minute) and exhausted because- the cold I caught in April turned into something resistant to amoxicillin- and then became pneumonia. Ok, but now...read more
When I ride a horse it feels to me like I am having a conversation with the horse. As I shift my hands, legs or weight I am either asking or rewarding the movement of the horse. The horse is allowed, even encouraged, to give me feedback as we go. The beauty of this is...read more
This quote keeps running through my mind as I have completely lost my voice. In one small way I have totally and thoroughly used up my body. It began three weekends ago when I spoke at the Midwest Horse Fair in Wisconsin, followed by speaking two weekends ago at the...read more
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