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Train Your Own Horse with Stacy Westfall

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...


Aug 25, 2021

If you’re in the middle of a work session and things aren’t going the way you hoped do you lose confidence?
How does this impact your time with your horse?
In this episode I propose the idea that we can have different types of confidence. I outline ’self’ confidence vs ‘skill’ confidence and explain why...


Aug 18, 2021

In this episode, I explain three ways I see people holding themselves back by accidentally limiting their awareness of their body. Riding horses can be a great physical awareness tool.
I describe what I call ‘body scanning’ and how to use this tool as a way to increase your awareness of your body so you...