Posts by Stacy Westfall

9 Reasons Western Dressage is Growing in Popularity

Western dressage is growing quickly…but why? Here are some of the reasons I discovered when I was getting started. Reason #1 You can use the horse and the tack you already own. Most western saddles and many western bridles are allowed. For the most up to date rules, you should always check the rulebook which you…

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Dealing with stallions that bite; habits and hormones

“Hi Stacy, again a very interesting podcast. I love how you break it down into parts. This makes is much easier to understand. I have a 4-year-old stallion in training, who was really disrespectful when I first started. Very pushy, using his shoulders to run right through me, not respecting my space at all. The…

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And the winners are…

1st- Deanna 2nd- Mara 3rd- Nicole 4th- Martina Congratulations everyone! Below are photos of everyone with their horses:) This is Deanna and her horse Indigo. They are from right here in Ohio! This is Mara with her two mares, a mother and daughter. This is Nicole with her rescue horse Burlap. He was a rescue who came in…

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Podcast Launch Giveaway!

Step 1- Read this blog Step 2- Leave a comment using the links below Step 3- Check back Christmas day to see if you won!  $839.00 of prizes- see below for photos and description! Where to comment: Leave a thoughtful comment on any or all of the podcast posts Episode 1: Fear vs Danger Episode…

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Rope halter by Stacy Westfall

 Question: “Why do you use a rope halter?” Answer: A rope halter is a helpful because it communicates clearly with the horse and increases responsiveness. The rope over the poll area is more narrow than a traditional web or leather halter. When the handler applies pressure to the halter the signal is clear and more…

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Thank You for Loving Me…Video of nurse mare foals

This visit to Last Chance Corral planted a seed. The seed that it planted grew into me adopting Presto in 2016. I’m so happy I did and I look forward to giving you even more updates! Update: Presto is now two and a half years old. Below, in the comments, Marcia mentioned her teenaged nurse mare…

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Horse training requires long term thinking on bad days.

My body hurts. I’m moving slow. I’m thinking slower.  My time zone change experiment three weeks ago, where I slowly changed my body clock to match Australia, worked. I arrived in Australia in pretty good shape. Coming home I went cold turkey. I did nothing to switch my body back…and now I feel it. My…

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