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Train Your Own Horse with Stacy Westfall

Jul 26, 2023

Training a horse involves creating a language between horse and rider. 
It is very common for a horse to be somewhat guessing at the answer at times during this process. 
Your response to their best guess, is what helps them narrow down to the one correct answer. 
If you are consistent…

This language includes your...

Jul 19, 2023

Simply put: a pattern is a planned ride.
When you ride with a plan…you’ll begin to show up consistent.
The more consistent you are…the easier it is for your horse to become consistent. 

The magic of riding a pattern, especially a simple, boring pattern, is that it allows the rider to begin to observe their habits...

Jul 12, 2023

In this podcast, I discuss two ideas, the challenge of asking questions, and ‘why bend?’

The theme of this season of the podcast is, “No question is too small.” Today, I explain:

  • why riders don’t ask more questions
  • why the teacher might hesitate before answering
  • what the moment of awkwardness could really...

Jul 5, 2023

One major difference between the early rides on a horse, and the more finished rides on a horse, is the way the cues are used in combination. In this podcast, I describe cues as ‘doors’. 

The beauty of watching an advanced horse and rider is that the cues seem so subtle that they are often hard to see. 

This is true...