Episode 287: Distracted: Should I let my horse stop and look, or keep him moving?

In this podcast episode, Stacy explains the options you have for handling a distracted horse. She explains why there are mixed views, and explains why these seeming contradictions exist.
To make this episode memorable, Stacy invites you into a make believe $100,000 game.

Key points include:

  • Deciding whether you want to leave the horse to interpret the situation on its own or actively engage it.
  • Assess your horse’s understanding and confidence in your cue system.
  • Recognizing it’s easier to manage a horse that is above this line, rather than one that has already panicked or “checked out.”
  • Distracted by something appealing (like clover) or something fearful (like a spooky object).


  1. Roz on May 16, 2024 at 3:25 am

    Thank you Stacy for answering my question about what action or not to take with distracted horse. Glad to have your advice and will continue to work on this.
    As I have said before I have had my horse a long time and wonder if we have become somewhat similar! At times v confident and sometimes a little hesitant – he’s an amazing horse with a great personality and also
    Has a double whirl on his forehead – wonder what that means? Thanks for your clear understanding and ability to speak so well. Happy trails

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