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Train Your Own Horse with Stacy Westfall

May 1, 2019

This podcast is in response to a listener question. She asks, “what do you mean by a creative horse?” This is a great topic as we continue our season on the horses mind.

I’m very specific when I describe horses. I may say a horse has questions. or a horse is creative.

I don’t want to describe a horse in a way that will pass judgement such as calling it a problem horse. A creative horse can be a horse that would traditionally be described as a problem horse, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Show Notes

[03:16] Imagine you are a teacher asking questions. You will see a pattern in answers, but there might be some different answers from creative thinkers or people who see the question from a different angle.

[04:19] Trainers typically get the same answers from a horse. If a horse does something unusual, that's creative.

[06:28] I've been consistently using creative as a problem horse. Yet, I want to encourage creativity in my horses, just not misbehavior.

[10:54] Stacy shares how Presto used creativity to get a large equine ball under his belly.

[12:43] It's important to let the horses be created because that is where their brilliance is found.

[12:51] When you see a horse do something amazing, it means someone has allowed the horse to express their own brilliance.

[13:31] I teach horses to roll blue activity balls. They usually use their nose or their feet.

[15:16] Popcorn wants to be a kicker, but he holds the ball with his chin and knees, so no one can steal it.

[16:43] When you're watching your horse, ask how is he creative.


Links and Resources:

Why riders often experience fear, frustration, confusion with their horse.

Clever Horse Does Something Amazing - Removes Electric Fence Hooks

Episode 23: Your Horse Has Questions