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Train Your Own Horse with Stacy Westfall
46 minutes | 5 days ago
Episode 126-Mental games for injured horses, clicker training Q&A
Today I’m answering two questions. The first is about an injured horse that is hand walking…his owner would like suggestions about maintaining other routines through groundwork. The other question is about trick training…clicker training, loading the clicker, using the clicker when riding…and what is a trick anyway?
47 minutes | 12 days ago
Episode 125-Retraining older horses vs starting with a clean slate
Today I’m answering two questions about older horses. One about restarting and one about a horse that doesn’t want to listen when he can’t see the herd. What is the difference between training a young horse vs retraining an older horse? Are there different risks starting an older horse under saddle? When working with herd bound horses…why does it seem like they just don’t want to listen? Is there a difference between a subtle cue and a clear cue?
45 minutes | 19 days ago
Episode 124- Horse scared on the trail: Let them look or keep them busy?
Have you ever been in a situation where your horse saw something in the distance…maybe out on a trail ride OR even when you change something in the pasture or arena? Did you wonder…should I let them look…or not? Thats the topic of todays podcast.
39 minutes | a month ago
Episode 123: Help! I’m constantly in my horses mouth too much…
Many riders struggle to find more subtle cue systems and feel like they are constantly in the horses mouth...overusing the rein cues. Learning how to ride with an independent seat can be a challenge. In this episode, I answer a listener question and explain how I approach this issue. I also explain where and how this ‘wobble’ appears naturally during a horses training or a riders development. How can I use other aids outside of the reins?
50 minutes | a month ago
Episode 122: Feeling overwhelmed while training your own horse.
A listener asks a question about feeling overwhelmed. She is studying and learning about good horsemanship, developing true partnership and relationship. She is aware there are a LOT of things happening. First I give an overview, then I give FIVE actionable steps for addressing this and then I close with a real life example that includes a miniature horse!
30 minutes | a month ago
Episode 121: Overcoming thoughts that rob joy from your horse adventures.
Today’s podcast is on the subject of thoughts that rob joy from our horse adventures. This can apply to anything you decide to do with your horse. Trail riding. Taking a riding lesson. Even going out by yourself to work your own horse. The question is specifically about showing but I assure you the mental side of this conversation is happening in every interaction you have. Clearly identifying thoughts and feelings can be challenging…and for me I tend to learn it best…backward. Ouch.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 120: My horse is a bully. Where do I start?
The first six minutes of this episode could change how you think about horses forever. Where would you start with a horse that is a bully when leading to and from the pasture, pins ears when feeding, pulls back with the farrier and sometimes when trailer loading too? On a positive note she does collect well in the ring at the walk, trot and canter but will sometimes take off when out fox hunting. I discuss the overall issue as well as action steps that can be taken.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 119: Distracted and overreactive vs responsive and aware, how can I train my horse to respond better?
Is it the object or the energy level that triggers your horse? What does your horse do…when …other horses are running…deer jumping…new object appear…loud sounds happen… It is easy to think about the ‘things’ involved but I like to think about the ‘energy’ they create. In this episode I answer two listener questions on this subject and discuss changing horses first reactions, improving riders muscle memory…and more.
49 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 118: How can I STOP my horse from being aggressive towards other horses?!
House rules. Pasture rules. Grandma’s rules… Do you really mean that? Are you bluffing? Can I chase your kids? Can I have your spot in the pecking order? When you walk by a stall does a the stalled horse threaten? When you walk by a tied horse…does that horse threaten? When you are leading or riding…does the horse you’re riding or leading threaten? Your horses have questions…do you have answers
49 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 117: Challenging Conversations with Your Horse
Q&A: How much say do you let your horses have your two way conversation? What types of things do you allow the horse to say? I love the idea of listening…but I'm getting a lot of backtalk... maybe I’m being too easy on her? ⭐ How do you build emotional control with a horse who gets frustrated and defensive to your corrections?
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 116: Selling or rehoming an older horse
This episode contains general thoughts around selling horses and I answer a listener asks a question about a horse who is aging: how to find him the best next place and be sure that he will be well taken care of. I discuss reasons for selling, including, Safety- Training mismatch between horse and rider Enjoyment- energy level mismatch financial mismatch- can’t afford to keep them, can’t afford to have multiples And I offer ideas on how to prevent them from slaughter.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 115: Using curiosity, receiving feedback and stages of relationship impact training your horse
A confident, dominant mare who doesn’t really want to connect, a two year old that pins her ears at certain movements, and a horse that wrings its tail when ridden. I’m answering these listener questions and tying them all together with the themes of using curiosity when training, receiving feedback from your horse and how the stages of the relationship change the dynamics.
18 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 114- Exercise: coach yourself to coach your horse
Here are four ways exercise can improve your riding. 1-To exercise regularly you’ll need to coach yourself 2- Exercise can help you physically become stronger, more flexible and more coordinated. 3-Exercise can help you understand your horses mind…if you’re going to coach him to work…get good at coaching YOU to work. Your goal is to be more understanding and encouraging…not critical and judgement…see point number one again (learn to coach yourself, then coach your horse) 4- Exercise can improve your horses body…because a fit rider has better balance and is easier to carry.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 113: How to calendar your horse goals
In a perfect world…what would this year look like with your horse? What would you accomplish? In January of 2022…what would you like to have achieved? In this podcast I share with you how I use my calendar and tracking to get so much done. One of the reasons that I take January goal setting so seriously is because with three horses, show goals, family commitments, and a business to run I see a huge benefit to planning ahead.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 112- Can you have Relationship AND Results with your horse?
If you were forced to choose between having a great relationship with your horse OR getting big results…which would you choose? Relationship OR results? Do you think you have to choose…or do you think you can have both? Today I’m explaining how I get BIG RESULTS…while still keeping the relationship the main thing. I’ll teach you how to prioritize your thinking so you can have a better relationship & bigger results.
31 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 111: 3 reasons you’re afraid to set big goals with your horse
Are you going after big goals with your horses? How do you define 'big goal'? What does that look like for you? Here are three reasons I often see riders avoid setting big goals: 1) You are afraid of how it will feel to fail 2) You’re afraid of how you might treat your horse while trying to achieve the goal 3) You don’t know how to get there In this episode I discuss how I see these show up and how you can overcome them!
44 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 110- Inspired by Man o’ War aka Big Red
Which horse first inspired you? The earliest memory I have of being inspired by a real horse was my mom, reading stories to me of Man O War aka Big Red. Stories like these gave me a glimpse into a world filled with horses. The authors wrote of horses with heart and ‘the look of eagles.’ In this podcast, I share with you some of the stories that inspired me.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 109: Fear around training your own horse
How do you separate fear from danger? In this podcast I discuss the importance of recognizing fear and what it could be pointing to. I also explain why it is important for riders to increase their understanding. I’m also celebrating the two year anniversary of the podcast…and discussing the challenge of doing something you’re uncomfortable with.
32 minutes | 4 months ago
Ep 108: 3 observations from almost buying a horse.
I almost bought a horse. In this episode, I discuss many of the factors that went into my decision to NOT buy the horse including logic, emotion, daily life, time invested, purchase price, resale, etc. I know everyone's situation is different but I think that listening to how someone else is making decisions can be helpful.
24 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 107: Training Cycles: Yearly, weekly, daily
I use training cycles to make my daily rides more efficient and productive. The same techniques work when I view my week month and year in a similar way. In this episode, I’ll explain the benefits of training cycles…and the importance of a rest cycle or less intense phase in the cycles.
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