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Train Your Own Horse with Stacy Westfall

Mar 8, 2023

Learning the skill of establishing a calculated plateau will require you to know yourself, know your horse, and exercise self-control.

A calculate plateau happens when a rider chooses to stay at, or return to a known level of skill. This is beneficial for creating consistency and confidence in the horse and rider. It also proves that the rider knows their horse well enough that they can create this. 

In this podcast, I explain what a calculated plateau is and is NOT as well as the benefits.
One of the main benefits of creating plateaus in show situations is to prevent over-showing, which is a state of mind. It is asking the horse, and/or yourself, to perform at a higher level than you are consistently capable of doing in regular training.