Stacy and I have been to two events recently that I’ve been thinking about. One was a sale held weekly here in Ohio where most of the horses are sent to Canada for slaughter. The other was the Quarter Horse Congress, the biggest single breed horse show in the world.

I know some people don’t agree with training and competing on horses but Stacy and I have been training horses together now for 16 years and I don’t know of any horses that came through our program that ended up in a slaughter sale.

When I’m training a horse I feel like I’m giving it an education to take into its future so it will have a future.

——Jesse Westfall