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Train Your Own Horse with Stacy Westfall

Mar 29, 2023

I often get questions like, “How do I keep my horse from getting bored?”
or “How do I keep repetitive things from becoming boring?”
or statements like “My horse got bored with that, so I changed it up.”

One reason this is interesting to me is because…I don’t have bored horses.
Yet, if you were to watch...

Mar 22, 2023

In this episode, I am wrapping up the ‘horse show’ season of the podcast. Showing has hugely impacted my development as a rider, and in this episode I share two lessons I learned directly from showing.

One was really challenging.
The other is pure goodness.

I close by sharing some of the many reasons listed by...

Mar 15, 2023

In this podcast, I’m discussing three viewpoints THAT ARE happening in other aspects of riding…but are most clear in showing. Understanding these three roles will improve your understanding of your riding challenges.

Phrases or thoughts like: 
“oops, I messed that up”,
“that was terrible” 
“ooh, that was...

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...

Mar 1, 2023

Here is how I would describe the ideal rider and horse experience at a horse show:

Ideally, the rider is focus on:
-what's happening with the horse (the horse's experience)
- the task at hand (test, obstacle, etc.)
- what the rider needs to adjust or change or continue doing to support the horse and complete the...