Posts by Stacy Westfall
Episode 217: What if the goal IS what helps you develop the relationship?
Are you confused about how to make your dream into a goal? If you are, you are not alone. This is especially common with riders who have relationship type goals. _To form the bond I have always dreamed of. _I dream of having a connection with him…. _To do anything on my horse with more…Read More
Episode 216: The base layer goal that will ensure your progress
What if achieving your goal was simple? Not necessarily easy…as in requiring little effort. But simple, as in, one thing you could do that would ensure progress. Does your goal require that your horse develops a high level of fitness? Or is it more focused on refining cues and communication? Or does it include a…Read More
Episode 215: Two things to consider before changing your goal
If you’re saying to yourself, “That was too much. I need to cut back this year.” This podcast is for you. There are times when adjusting your goals is in your best interest. But before you decide if you will repeat a goal or change it, remember to factor in what HAS changed…which is you.…Read More
Episode 214: Reviewing…without a self doubt spiral.
Self-doubt is often born out of a low-value cycle. “I could have done better.” sound so innocent. But what it really begins a little spiral of self-doubt. The next time you have to make a decision, a part of you will feel doubt, because you KNOW you’ll be judging yourself in the future. Your treatment…Read More
Episode 213: ‘How greed’ and your success pattern
When a rider sets a goal or begins to struggle, they are often tempted to heavily focus on the ‘how.’ This often appears as a heavy focus on the horse’s body or the rider’s body. The real ‘how’ of reaching a goal or finding your path through a current struggle is a combination of the…Read More
Episode 212: The ‘gap’ in the conversation tells you what your horse is thinking.
In this podcast, I explain how it is possible to teach a horse to offer desirable responses. I describe it as having a ‘conversation’ with a horse. I discuss the theory AND I give actual riding examples, including a link to a video example. Inside a conversation, there are ‘gaps’ or spaces left for the…Read More
Episode 211: Starting energy vs. Re-starting energy
In this episode, I discuss the difference in the energy of starting something new, versus re-starting something after your plans were interrupted. New starts often come with an excited type of energy. Re-starting is an entirely different skill set. It requires you to use a different energy and a different way of thinking. I explain…Read More
Video: A Thanksgiving tribute to horses.
A Thanksgiving tribute to horses. (Audio on) Is it possible to summarize what horses mean to you? People called in from around the world and shared their thoughts. Hundreds of ways horses have improved lives, and many reasons to be thankful for horses this Thanksgiving. Add your reasons to the comments below. Happy Thanksgiving! P.S.-…Read More
Episode 210-Hundreds of reasons to be thankful for horses this Thanksgiving
Listen while you prep for Thanksgiving, or anytime you need a reminder of what horses bring to your life:) I asked…and YOU answered. Messages flooded in from around the world sharing why you love horses, why you are thankful for horses…and how horses have changed your life. Horses are good for the soul. Challenges. Triumphs.…Read More
Episode 209: The teacher and the student (human or horse)
Have you heard the statement, “There are no stupid questions.” It’s a common saying because it’s a common problem. Students fear asking a question because they would rather not appear stupid. On the flip side, teachers also have the challenge of explaining things clearly, without reacting to the idea that a student might misinterpret this.…Read More