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Train Your Own Horse with Stacy Westfall

Sep 29, 2021

In this podcast, I discuss the difference between ‘finite games’ which involve players, rules and winners and infinite, or never ending games, where the point is to keep playing because the journey is all there is.
I share examples of this in the horse world and in everyday life. Then I close by telling you how I...

Sep 22, 2021

ALL riders I’ve talked with experience dissatisfaction…the interesting thing is that some keep going and some do not.
I see people give up…and I see people who overcome.
What is the difference?
I discuss three traits I’ve noticed in riders who consistantly reach their goals. I explain the tipping point that I...

Sep 15, 2021

In this episode, I discuss three situations where it is common for horses to ask questions about the rules. I call these moments ‘Grandma’s rules’ which is my fun way of explaining that horses are always seeking out the most benifitial set of rules to opperate by. I explain where the name came from and how...

Sep 8, 2021

Increasing a riders awareness of the feelings or emotions that come up during the learning process is extremely beneficial. For most riders, learning to train their own horse means learning new skills and experiencing the feelings that often accompany that like; vulnerable, nervous, disappointed, frightened, uncertain...

Sep 1, 2021

Today I’m talking about patterns…why I recommend riding patterns and why riders often have resistance to riding patterns. I’ll discuss anticipation in multiple forms, increasing your awareness by getting feedback from your horse and how your focus, or lack of focus, is impacting your ride.

I posted two of my...