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Posts by Stacy Westfall

How did you meet your horse?

He was tall, dark and handsome (no wait, that was my husband)… … He was sorrel, confident but not cocky. The look in his eye was intelligent and proud.  We met in Tennessee at The Road to the Horse colt starting championship.  When I watched him with the other horses I noticed that he held…

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Have you ever owned a Breyer horse?

Have you ever owned a Breyer horse? When I was growing up, I had a small herd of Breyer horses. It would be hard to say which was my favorite. I loved them all. Elegant Arabians, long-legged foals, island ponies that walked right out of a book. No size or shape or color was wrong.…

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Western saddles; storing cinch between rides

Have you ever wonder what that little keeper on the off side of your saddle was for? This video shows how to use that little keeper to hang your cinch in a way that will let it dry between rides. Also using this method will prevent that little keeper from curling out which happens with…

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7 steps to check saddle fit

Seven steps to check your saddle fit. Step 1- how level does it sit? Step 2- feel under the bars (front, middle, rear) is there excessive pressure? Is there a gap in the middle? If there is a gap, this is called ‘bridging’. Step 3- with left hand under the front bar (shoulder area) put…

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3 mistakes with western shanked bits

In this video, I show three common mistakes people make when adjusting shanked bits. I also show several features of western shanked bits (also known as leverage bits). This includes a demonstration of the purpose of a throatlatch as well as the proper adjustment. I show why adjusting the throatlatch too tight can be a…

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Choosing a halter for your horse

  In this quick video, I want to show you four halters you would find if you walked into my barn. You would find: * leather halters (adjustable and non adjustable) * quick catch halter (fits many sizes, good for quickly leading) * nylon halter (adjustable and non adjustable) * rope halter (more narrow, more…

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Live Q&A call in opportunity!

I remember when I was growing up that I could call into a radio station to win prizes or to ask questions. When they put you on ‘hold’ you could hear the show being done live! This is your chance for that experience! I will be recording a podcast tomorrow and if you call in,…

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