I had a chance to spend a little time at the 2016 Road to the Horse before catching a plane to Florida to attend a benefit for a local horse rescue. In my short time there I was asked several times about competing again in the future…and one of those times was by...read more
I love starting colts. They tend to be open minded like small children who are eager to learn and they don’t have preconceived ideas about what is wanted from them. To make things even more exciting the progress is easy to measure; one day they have never been...read more
“Stacy, I know this is a long shot. I train horses in Canada. I have a clients horse who went to a different trainer initially. When the horse left the owners possession it was docile, friendly and loving. He has returned home angry, afraid and dangerous. He was...read more
As birthdays are a great time for reflecting…here goes. I’m 41 years old today. It is strange to think about it because I can very clearly remember my own mother at this same age. I can remember driving from Ohio to Maine to surprise her for her 40th birthday. I find...read more
While I was in Germany last month I had the opportunity to visit, and ride, Roxy’s son Roxter. I was excited about the opportunity but the emotions did catch me off guard. As many of you know Roxy had four foals via embro transfer before she died; Chloe, Roxter, Mia...read more
When is the last time you stopped to consider your habits? Change is a great opportunity to consider your habits. We recently returned from a month long stay in Germany. It was a great trip and I could easily write several blogs about the horses seen, people met, and...read more
I feel a little (just a little) guilty for writing this but…my absence from the internet has been a little bit fun. I did not intend or expect to be this ‘off-line’ while here in Germany but things have just seemed to work out to be that...read more
Every horse tells a story. Their own story, their own way that they view the world. Young horses are often easier to read, similar to human children, as they don’t have as many layers of experience or ‘training’. Older horse can be more...read more
“Hello Stacy, I live in Nevada, Mo. I’m in dire need of help. I have a 9 yr old registered quarter mare that is only halter broke. I’ve been ill and have not been able to work with her for years. My quary is, my 19 yr old mare has to be put...read more
"Stacy… since Popcorn is trained SO well… do you ever wonder if a beginner rider riding him … does/will it confuse him??"-Lesia L. Years ago I was riding Popcorn at home and I was feeling slightly frustrated. I didn't exactly have the words...read more
When is the last time you did something you knew better than to do…but did it anyway? My answer is yesterday. Yesterday I stuck my finger into a horses mouth while his mouth was open. I know better than to do that. I know the proper way, and when, to reach into a...read more
It is tempting to work difficult horses more; longer, more frequent, more consistent and sometimes harder, than the naturally quiet horses. In reality they often need this. Some are like troublesome teenagers who need to be kept busy just to...read more
A few years ago I was a presenter at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts. At the end of the event my mom drove down from Maine and picked the boys and me up and took us to her house. Jesse drove the horses back to Ohio and stayed their for a...read more
There are many ways you can improve your horsemanship, one of them is by increasing the number of horses you work with. While this might seem like a great excuse for buying more horses...the reality is that you can often find ways to...read more
"Dear Stacy, I wanted to thank you. I was at your pop up clinic at the Streetsboro Big D's. You were standing at the fence chatting with folks. A lady asked you if you knew of any local trainers who could be contacted for help. You talked about asking around, you...read more
Sixteen months ago we moved out of our house and began life on the road…with horses. Since that time we have traveled from coast to coast in our Fleetwood motorhome and our horses have been with us the entire time. Until now. Beginning today we are traveling without...read more
Two years ago my mom sent me this photo and asked me what I thought was going on. We discussed sunburn...but it didn't really fit. Last year she sent me another similar photo. It seemed that something was seriously irritating Scrappers nose but generally just in the...read more
"Stacy, is Smokey (This Whiz Shines), Bob Baffert's stable pony, any relation to Roxy or your other horses?"-Linda L. Yes...Roxy, Jac, and Newt would all be related. It gets kinda complicated but, for the most part, it would be a different versions of 'cousins'. Not...read more
When I ride a younger or greener horse it is common for me to exaggerate my body or hand position at times to make my point more clear to the horse. If you think about it, most of us do similar exaggerations when talking to young children. Have you ever notice that...read more
When I was young I belonged to a contesting club. We ran all kinds of speed events including barrel racing, pole bending and more. It was common, back then, for horses to refuse to go into the show pen. Maybe even more interesting...it was not only common, it was also...read more
"Hi Stacy. I know this is a long shot. But I was hoping that you would share this picture on your Facebook and help to get these saddles returned home."-Kendra H I received this email late last night asking for help in recovering stolen saddles...and it got me...read more
"Hi Stacy! Since you have travelled all over the US, I feel like you'd be the best person to ask this: I'm potentially moving out of state within the next couple of years and when I move my horses, I know that they'll need to have Coggins testing done (some states...read more
May in Ohio is a beautiful time to trail ride and one of my favorite places to go is Mohican State Park. Spring flowers and ferns are still sneaking up and because the leaves are not fully out yet it is possible to see further than you can in full summer. This day it...read more
"Hey Stacy, I was wondering, is 21 too old to teach some of the stuff in your videos? As I have a 21 year-old I'd love to do more work with. Thanks." -Lydia S. I was asked this question years ago by a young girl around the age of 13. She owned a 20+ year old horse. I...read more
"Will us (fans) ever see you doing another bridleless/bareback routine??…. I remember seeing a video someone posted on youtube (you/Roxy/Maggie) … Templeton Thompson was singing your song…… but then Roxy died and then Vaquero and I guess Maggie is retired…. so I was...read more
Yippy! Newt is giving bridleless riding a try! This is a video of the first time I took the bridle off Newt and rode him around. Newt is six years old in this video and I started his under saddle training as a two year old. I had been practicing the cue system during...read more
"Stacy, A while back you posted a video about laying your horse down... I followed it and today is day 5 and he has been down about 5 times now! Thank you for such a cool way to approach the lay down!" -Alisha P. I love finding success stories like this one posted on...read more
The filly entered the arena on edge, expecting to blow off energy. It didn't matter to her that she was saddled and bridled, blowing off energy during the first 10-15 minutes of a ride was normal. It was what she had done from the first ride. At this point it was part...read more
"How do you teach a horse to lay down so a person in a wheel chair can get in the saddle? The reason I am asking is because the end of August 2014 my boyfriend came down with west nile virus. As of the end of April 2015 he is still in a wheel chair and he wants to be...read more
"Yesterday my horse stepped on my foot! No LOL; it hurt. Afterward, I decided maybe my horse was being disrespectful??? She knows where she’s putting her feet. If she had a foal, would she step on it? She was squirmy when I put the saddle on, (I can’t remember her...read more
In yesterday's blog I explained that the term 'dropped shoulder' is often used to describe several things, the most common being 1) the horse wanting to turn to early 2) a lack of elevation/collection combined with the desire to turn (for my full explanation read...read more
Yesterdays blog discussed 'Confusing terms people use around horses' and the following comment showed up on the Facebook post. "I've been yelled at - and still don't know what a dropped shoulder is."-Karen S. This is a great example of a confusing term. I agree that...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?