Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Train Your Own Horse with Stacy Westfall

Sep 30, 2020

Sometimes horses are trained to operate more like robots-‘don't think, just do what I say’. Other times horses are left to make most of the decisions-which can become dangerous in some situations.
In this podcast I discuss how to find a middle ground where the horse is an active participant in the ‘conversation’...

Sep 23, 2020

Question: How can I reduce my horse's reactivity to noise when trail riding?
The answer involves separating the issue into smaller parts and looking at each individually. By separating the issue it becomes easier to see how you can break the cycle and modify the horse's behavior.

Sep 16, 2020

Riding near traffic can be challenging. Your horse must deal with vehicles of varying sizes, traveling at speed, and making loud noises. The road itself often has challenges such as culverts, guard rails, ditches, garbage cans, mailboxes…and dogs. Many drivers don’t know how to respond to horses and assume they will...

Sep 9, 2020

Episode 95-“Is there a way to teach emotional control to a horse? He is super quiet when ridden alone. When ridden in groups I can feel his nerves bundle up and then he broncs.”
In this episode, I discuss the concepts: why naturally quiet horses can be prone to ‘outburst’, four places where this issue can...

Sep 2, 2020

Episode 94- A listener asks for some advice on how to reduce her horse's anxiety…and hers…when out on the trails. The discussion includes riding reactively vs planning, analyzing your thought patterns, changing your muscle habits, and the idea that horses notice patterns.