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Train Your Own Horse with Stacy Westfall

Feb 22, 2023

A listener calls in and explains that she has previously enjoyed showing, and would like to show again…but a few thing have changed.
She is older, and now lives in an area where she doesn’t know as many people.
She says, “The fear that is preventing me from showing my horse is the fear of getting hurt or getting...

Feb 15, 2023

In this episode, I discuss the benefits of a show environment, and why insecure horses can learn to thrive at shows. Topics include:

  • Three different types of show environments.
  • The challenge of going to a show with many beginners.
  • Overall show routine vs your individual routine that bridges between home and the...

Feb 8, 2023

In this podcast, I answer a listener's question about riding in different disciplines on the same horse.
Topics discussed include: 
  • how the horse's original training was approached (was it based in reactivity or responsiveness (the ability to think through versus reacting)
  • the horses talent in the discipline.
  • the...

Feb 1, 2023

In this episode, I discuss the difference between the mentality of showing versus training. These are complementary systems when you understand the difference between them.

Showing is polishing.
Showing is taking a test.
Showing is an external evaluation.
The judge’s job is to evaluate against a standard.

Training is...