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
"I have a mare bred very well that is too talented to stand in front of a round bale. I have been wondering what to do with her and I was watching her in the winter pasture. She makes a big circle and sends herself does a sliding stop rolls back. She did this five or...read more
Hi Stacy, This is cool! First off, thank you for giving us the opportunity to reach out to you with questions in a very real way. I do have a question I have been trying to answer.....THE BALL. How can I encourage my gelding to have fun with the ball and interact with...read more
There are less than 30 day until Road to the Horse!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have so many emotions surrounding this event that there are times I have trouble sorting them out. The first few times I attended as a spectator after being a competitor I was actually *shaking* during...read more
Without a doubt, my favorite thing to teach people is how to understand what their horse is experiencing. Love. It. Why? Understanding is the foundation for communication. When it comes to understanding horses, the place to start is by teaching people to read the...read more
I documented the first few weeks of having the nurse mare foals in detail but then life got busy. I did keep collecting photos and video but I didn’t make the time to post about it. (see bottom for links to past blogs) This is my catchup video! It shows footage from...read more
Check out page 16 of the January 2017 Western Horseman! That’s right! Justice and Presto are right there in full color! When I was first contacted about being interviewed for an article on nurse mare foals I was excited…and concerned. The topic of nurse mare foals is...read more
When we started the project of building our new barn and home (yes, in that order) I asked for only one thing; every area where it was practical I wanted something impractical (but still functional) to be there. Yes, I just used practical and impractical together…I...read more
When I picture a great horse, in any discipline, my mind always shows me the image of a horse with great self control. Confident. Strong. Steady. It is what I admired about the horse in the Black Stallion book and movies. It wasn’t about breaking his spirit…it was...read more
Happy New Year! Is it possible to write a blog post on New Years day and NOT write about New Years Resolutions? I contemplated another topic (maybe tomorrows blog?) but I kept coming back to resolutions. Do you make New Years Resolutions? I do. Do I keep the...read more
Thank you to everyone who keeps asking me for updates. It's been busy around here, which is not an excuse but has been my reality, so I have been slacking. The building process has been much more demanding than the foals have, they in turn have provided me with much...read more
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 depends on who you ask. Some...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. The...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 adopting went on my bucket...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 with the...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?