When we train, we train using patterns. Patterns of behavior that create habits. Lead to the saddling area. Ground-tie. Brush. Saddle. Mount. Warm up. Work period. Rest period. Work period. On the surface it may look to an outside observer that we are teaching the...read more
“Hi Stacy, We have just got a pony he is 1 year old and he is still a stud colt we plan on getting him gelded as soon as we can. But I have all but the smart start DVDs of yours but do you have any pointers for me this will be my first time training a pony? I have...read more
Snaffle or shank? Why not free, nothing in the mouth of your horse. Sidepull, that's all. One of my horses reacted real good when we stopped with the snaffle. He was very stiff in the neck and became easy and willing, bending his neck in both left and right...read more
We are Jesse & Stacy Westfall. We have been married for over 20 years and we have three teenage boys. And pretty much everything we do involves horses. When we met, it was through horses. When we married it was largely due to our common desire to have a lifestyle that revolved around horses. Our business is horses…and when we are done with our work…we saddle up and go for a trail ride. We bought our last two homes based on horses and we have designed our newest house around, you guessed it, horses. Follow this link to read blogs that reveal our thoughts and perspectives on varying topics such as rescue horses, goal setting, and much, much more!
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What can a solid foundation do for your horse? Can you imagine a horse that was a champion in AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) reining, has achieve a level 4 (out of 6 levels) in the CMSA (Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association), has spent a summer teaching kids to ride at a summer camp and has qualified for USEF/USDF regionals in dressage (traditional not western)? I can. Popcorn is now 14 years old and has done all of those things. Yet years ago in an article published in Americas Horse I called him, “Average Joe”. So how did he achieve all of this? I believe it is because of his strong foundation training.
For some that means being a solid family horse…
…but there are others out there, like Roxy, who can touch hearts around the world when they are given the ability to shine.
We believe performance horses can be trained with understanding and compassion. We believe that horses, like humans, perform best when they are part of a team.
And we have proven it works. Check out the following blogs that explain our thoughts on performance horses.
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