Would it surprise you to know that I take my own advice when I attend clinics? What advice is that? I’m glad you asked! look for similarities. When you find similarities you will find a thread of training theory that runs true. be open-minded about the new...read more
Untamed. Unconfined, left to do as it will. The whole house has gutters, the barn too. But not this porch outside of my bedroom. “No gutters please”, I said to the builders. “The water will cause damage”, they said. “It will wash out the hill.” “It’s ok.” I said to...read more
The old bay mare. It doesn't bother me to call her that because she was mine. My first horse. And I named her Bay. Not the most creative name but she didn't hold it against me. On nights like this, when the weather is frigid, thoughts of her pop into my mind. I'm not...read more
I posted my top five gift ideas for horse owners and few days ago and one of them was a homemade bridle rack. Many of you asked for pictures...so heres a picture and instructions! Items needed: 1) rough cut board 2) spare pieces of firewood 3)screws. Instructions: 1)...read more
Inspiration strikes...hopefully followed by action. Although I often find that action is require first, and inspiration then follows. Lets break this down because that may have been a bit confusing. EXTERNAL inspiration, watching someone do something amazing with...read more
This is the question I keep asking myself. How can I help you? What do I have to offer that would be of value to you? What have people asked for? Thankfully many of you have been vocal. I get emails, messages and face to face requests. Many subjects are covered but...read more
Let the holiday shopping begin! ...or was that last month? JUST KIDDING! Although it seems like every year the shopping season really does move back a bit earlier. As I was grooming my horse yesterday and marveling again at my new favorite barn item (hint: the first...read more
"Stacy-Horses have been a passion of mine from as long as I can remember, but unfortunately I never had the opportunity to interact with them until a little less than a year ago. A little less than a year ago I started working for an equestrian center just cleaning...read more
Five things of interest that I’ve done this week. #5- Celebrated my birthday ..with food and riding. It should have been more riding and less food…but as it only happens once a year, I’ll take it! My favorite coffee shop, latte, scone, harvest muffin (pumpkin &...read more
Yesterday was my birthday. Birthdays have always been like mini New Years day for me. Many people set New Years Resolutions on January first…but I have always found my birthday to be a more impactful day for that type of thinking. Maybe it is because its a more...read more
“How do you try to keep your young horses confident? I see you wean with a buddy but at what time in their lives do they learn to be alone? Tips for preventing buddy sour, insecure horses.”-Margie Great phrasing of this question! It is true that while I am going...read more
I love photography. I have my whole life. In high school I won photo contests. That was back in the days before digital when you had to either really plan your shots…or spend a ton of money developing film. During my wedding planning I budgeted more for photos than...read more
Just about the time I think, "I wish summer could last all year." I realize I don't fully mean it. Yes, there is a part of me that longs for summer days, slick horses, dry trails and the smell of the warm earth. But there is another part of me that equally longs for...read more
It's weaning time! Actually, it has been weaning time for these two fillies for awhile now as we use a gradual system of weaning. These photos are from yesterday and they are turned out with Popcorn, my older gelding. I like weaning gradually and I like keeping them...read more
Some days just require a little more motivation. For me that might be reading something inspirational, talking to someone that I find encouraging or encouraging someone else. Yesterday was one of those days. This prompted me to search for quotes. Then I searched for...read more
It’s me again. Blogging is hard work. I always thought when mom sat in the barn on her computer that she was playing a game. I guess talking with you is kinda like a game. I need to think about that. Aurora, My spots are NOT like chicken pox. They are more like bird...read more
Its me again. I remembered that I forgot to tell you my ‘real’ name last week. It is ‘Press on Regardless”. My first mom…no second…or was it third? Anyway, she gave me that name. It is hard to remember that far back. They all fed me milk though… I like my shorter name...read more
“Stacy, I love all your videos on training! I have a question. On riding bareback, I know there are benefits for the rider such as balance and seat. I also know there are possible risks to the horse. So is it something I should include in my training of me and my...read more
Just when you think your day is planned this happens: All I can figure out is that she must want a scar that matches Prestos ... but bigger. Thankfully I have handy friends and family. Here is a selfie, shot by my oldest son Caleb, as he holds the fillies hip. Carlye,...read more
I clearly need to tell my story sometime…from the beginning. Would it surprise you to know: I grew up in a family that struggled to make ends meet daily. I attended two clinics and took less than 20 lessons before attending a college. The first 5 years of our marriage...read more
Hello, My name is Presto and my mom says I need a job. She’s not my real mom but thats not what I’m supposed to write about today. I’m supposed to write about who I am. My name is Presto and I like to call myself ‘the horse who lived.’ Mom has an audio book she...read more
"Hi Stacy, I'm a trail rider and up until recently I didn't understand the need to ride around in a circle. I bought a new horse about a year ago and on the trail he will follow my husband's mare with no problems. He even leads sometimes, if she'll let him. I live...read more
How I remember Roxy. As a wobbly legged black foal that I said, "Oh, I bet she'll be a grulla like her grandmother." As an insecure two year old that while I was riding her around our indoor, the young lady working for us at the time remarked, "Your crazy if you ride...read more
If you’ve been following me for very long you may have noticed two things: First- I kinda disappeared online. Second- we’ve been building a new home. I think these two phenomenas are tied together. I love analogies. I use them as often as possible. As I was putting...read more
As I sit on this side of my computer screen watching the drama unfold with the five horses from Jackson County who were obviously neglected these natural questions occur: How? Who? Why? How does this happen? Who would do this? Why? I don’t know the details of this...read more
My plan was to visit the Sugarcreek Horse auction tomorrow. It isn't a place that I enjoy going but it is a place that I feel compelled to visit because I want to see the reality. I want to know from first hand experience what is going on because I want to be part of...read more
"Hey Stacy. How about a poll? What is the most effective fly spray out there right now? Anyone got a special mix they are using? I need to control/repel mosquitoes, horn flies, deer flies, and the occasional horse fly."-Carla V. How about it? What do you use to...read more
1-Commitment- Are you breeding to sell or for your personal enjoyment? Many people own a mare that they love and would like to raise one foal out of. This decision is usually made more from an emotional level than from a selling stand point. I personally made this...read more
I was wrong. That is a hard sentence for many people to say. And without the ability to consider saying it…continue learning will be difficult. Learning is the process of opening your mind to new ideas. This is easier for children because they don’t have to say, “I...read more
FEI World Cup Dressage, Omaha, Nebraska, March 2017 I have to admit…I feel a bit out of place. Aside from attending a small schooling show this is the first dressage show I have attended with the intent of being an avid spectator and fan of the sport. I have had a...read more
For many years I accepted any horse for training. Maybe they were bred to be famous or maybe they were unregistered and abused. Either way, I would take them. 30 days, 60 days, three years. All were possible if you just paid your bill. Until one day.... A man called...read more
I opened this email today: “Stacy, How do you make the mini's forlock so White? They are eye catching!” -Marcia I could see that Marcia was replying to a thank-you email she had received from me after signing up for my weekly newsletter. On that page there is a photo...read more
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- The first horse I refused to train by Stacy Westfall
- Video: Mount horse without girth for educational purposes; proper mounting technique.
- How cold is too cold to ride a horse?
- Teaching a horse to give to pressure on a halter for leading and tying
- LOVE: A visit to Last Chance Corral foal rescue
- Should I breed my mare: Things to consider before breeding your mare.
- What is the difference between a horseman and a horse trainer? Written by Jesse Westfall
- Stacy Westfall Deaf & Mute?