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
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, very...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
I remember the day, when I was in high school, that I first learned that you could go to college and get a degree in the equine field. I was a junior and I hadn't chosen a career path because all I wanted to do was ride horses. A teacher challenged me to...read more
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
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With almost 1,000 blog posts written you may want to begin by either; reading the following popular blogs, scroll down to read the most recent blogs or click on the search button in the top right and type in your key words.
- 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?