I joined a team last weekend. A good friend invited me to play. I've never agreed to anything like this before and as I told my husband, "It makes me excited and nervous." My day planner also said I should do something that scares me...so I said yes. Yes, I will show...read more
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
"Hi Stacy, I am viewing your DVD on basic body control. My horse is 20 yrs. old, a Kentucky Mountain boy. I got him three years ago. He is very sweet and willing but has some areas of training missed. For your training ideas in the above DVD, Can we work in his curb...read more
Thankfully the horse show ended better than it began! Willow (the 7-year old I mentioned in a previous post) recovered nicely. Willow is not a naturally confident horse and this was her first horse show. To give an example of how nervous she was, the first night I was...read more
How much do horses remember each other? Will Presto and Justice pick up where they left off? Did they miss each other? These were some of the questions I wanted to answer at the April Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio. As a reminder, I adopted both Presto and Justice...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
We are at the Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio this weekend and lots of people are asking about clinic, lessons and other learning opportunities. I'm posting this blog with easy links to the pages that describe these. Clinics: https://westfallhorsemanship.com/clinics/#...read more
I'm so excited!!!! Years ago I created a logo but haven't really fully used it. I can say that no longer! Twiggy (yes-I named my logo Twiggy) is officially on Tee Shirts!!! Twiggy will also be on the new backdrop that I use at Equine Affaire in...read more
This visit to Last Chance Corral planted a seed. The seed that it planted grew into me adopting Presto in 2016. I'm so happy I did and I look forward to giving you even more updates this year!read more
Newt was clearly wishing to snack on this...but he just couldn't catch it! The things you see around the barn! I'm not sure if we will ever have a comedian quite like Newt...although his younger brother Lincoln and my rescue pony Presto might give it a...read more
Tell me your favorite in the comments! Inside my email list, people frequently reply with questions. This one came in from Sarah, "So all this being said I'm dying to know if you had/have a favorite? Who was or is your best horse friend? I don't know all of your...read more
As I was answering emails today, I came across these questions from a high school student. What is some advice for those who are just starting to work with their horse? Spend lots of time. Ride with, hang out with, and watch people who are successful in the way you...read more
I've teamed up with my sponsor, Tekonsha, to run a 'Win a Phone call with Stacy' contest. The rules are on their Facebook page. Look for this photo and follow the direction on their Facebook page. The last time we did this I had a great conversation with Theresa....read more
What did I gallop home and try? Keep reading and find out…but first, let me tell you a bit more about the clinic. The clinic format was the same five riders each day. As an auditor, it was like watching five individual 45-minute riding lessons. Each horse...read more
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
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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?