Posts by Stacy Westfall

Western Dressage: What is the judge looking for?

I attended the Western Dressage Judges seminar…and I don’t intend to become a judge. Why did I go? I went because I had one question: What are the judges looking for in western dressage? I had done some online research. I had shown at a few shows. But I wanted to know first hand what the…

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How do you pick where you’re going to live?

This was originally posted in 2016…I’m healthy and fine…but still trying to let people know that we don’t live in Texas (see the bottom of this post for more on that:) ———————- I’m simultaneously excited and exhausted. Excited because I’m finally making my big announcement in this blog (give me a minute) and exhausted because-…

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3 fixes for mud in horse pastures

I’ve lived in different areas of the country and seen many ways to deal with muddy pastures and paddocks. Some places don’t really have to deal with mud while others have lovingly nicknames spring ‘mud season’. I currently live in Ohio. If I had HUGE pastures the horses might not tear up the footing but…

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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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