For years I didn’t like showing horses.

The pressure. The stress. The failure.

Sure, there were good times too…but why go through all of that?

Then I realized one day that the show was only a test. A test of my communication with my horse.

I couldn’t control the outcome. And I didn’t need to. I wasn’t there to win. I was there to take a test and see if my ‘homework’ had been done well enough that my test would go well.

The test wasn’t to see if I could win. It was to see if I could maximize the understanding between myself and my horse while UNDER PRESSURE.

Sure, winning is nice and I can enter classes where my horse and I have a better chance of winning…but when winning becomes the end goal very often horsemanship is sacrificed. Keep your respect for your horse high and let the placing be what they will be.

Below you will find more blogs about performance…read on!

Have you known of any horses fracturing their pelvis?

"Hi Stacy just curious as to your thoughts on this.... I traded a nice Gucci mare for her 1st foal which was born may 2013...I would visit her every week and at the 4 week old mark I noticed her right hind was hurt..she would walk on it but hold it up at the trot &...

12 hours at a horse show with Stacy Westfall and Newt

I asked the question: "What behind the scenes info would you like to know about living, showing attending, or generally being at the Quarter Horse Congress?" This short video will answer many of these questions. Below are the answers to three specific questions that...

How are reining horses scored when they show?

"Stacy, I've been watching the live feed from Congress, can you tell us a bit about the scoring... I've also been watching a bit and I'd think one rider wasn't as good as someone who had received 203.5 and they got 209. They didn't look as smooth and leaning forward...

Watch Live: All American Quarter Horse Congress 2014

It's Congress time again! Congress (short for All American Quarter Horse Congress) is a horse show takes place in Columbus, Ohio and last almost the entire month of October. The show is the largest single breed horse show in the WORLD! This is also the show where the...

Can you ride a horse well when you feel guilty?

“Thanks so much Stacy for your honesty about what really happens! I really enjoy reading your blogs:) Could you have used a bosal instead of a bit for some of his training? Happily following you from Williams Lake, BC, Canada-Jen” Jen- If you watch the video you will...

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