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Train Your Own Horse with Stacy Westfall

Oct 26, 2022

What is the point of planning your ride…if you don’t follow through on the plan?
And if you plan, but then ride without regard to your full experience in the moment, or your horse's full experience…did the plan help or hurt?

In this episode, I share an example of a moment when I needed to re-evaluate my plan for...

Oct 19, 2022

You have two choices when riding; plan your transitions or ride reacting to what is happening. 
Planning your transitions when riding involves the mental transition as well as the physical transition.
Mental transition: “I will begin there”
Physical transition: change of gait, change of bend, etc.

Planning may sound...

Oct 12, 2022

When you work with your horse, you look at his body to understand his full experience. You probably notice his physical responses to your cues, as well as physical clues to his emotional state. 
Have you stopped to consider that your horse is doing the same thing?

Just as your horse's emotional state is reflected in his...

Oct 5, 2022

Are you a Resourceful Rider?
Examples of resourcefulness include:
1-Being strategic about how you leverage your resources;
2-Not wasting time and money;
3-Getting the best out of what you have;
4-Being flexible and adaptable;
5-Thinking outside the box;
6-Being willing to learn new skills or develop existing ones...