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Train Your Own Horse with Stacy Westfall

May 31, 2023

In this episode, I discuss how quickly horses begin to recognize patterns of behavior, and I answer a listener question about working around feeding time.

While these may seem unrelated, I think the contrast highlights how incredibly valuable it is to recognize how you view your horse. 
Do you view your horse as a...

May 24, 2023

Confidence and self-confidence are both important. 
But if one skill rules them all, it is the belief that you can trust yourself.

Confidence comes from a Latin word which means "to trust"; therefore, having self-confidence is having trust in oneself.

Self-confidence is an emotion that you generate without any history...

May 17, 2023

Today, I’m answering a question that came in about bitless and/or bridleless riding. 
In the episode, I explain:

  • common mistakes people make when considering bridleless riding
  • the importance of understanding WHY you want to ride bridleless
  • assessing your horse's understanding based on past training
  • the...

May 10, 2023

Today I’m answering a question that came in regarding two horses owned by one person. One horse is very responsive to pressure, while the other is more bold and brave…and doesn't respond as much to pressure. The caller shares how this is causing her a challenge.

In my response, I explain:

  • the importance of...

May 3, 2023

I asked riders this question, "Is there a feeling you really struggle with that seems to be affecting your riding?"

These are a few of the answers: self doubt, battling negative thoughts, imposter syndrome, inadequate, anxious, nervous, anticipating problems, judging myself, sad, frustration (time frame…taking longer...