Episode 294: “Predictable vs Unpredictable: From ‘Oh This Again’ to ‘Oh, I See It There!’

In this episode, Stacy discusses the importance of addressing predictable problems in horse training before tackling unpredictable ones. She argues that focusing on known issues is more effective, as it allows for better planning and addresses both the horse’s and rider’s thought patterns. Stacy emphasizes that riders often ignore or make excuses for predictable problems, making it challenging to choose to address them. She encourages riders to examine their own thought processes when facing recurring issues with their horses, as this self-awareness can lead to more effective solutions.

Stacy illustrates her points with examples ranging from basic groundwork to advanced riding techniques. She notes that as riders progress, recognizing predictable challenges becomes exciting rather than frustrating, as it allows for targeted problem-solving. The key takeaways are:

• Categorize challenges as predictable or unpredictable
• Start by addressing predictable problems
• Examine your own thought patterns and responses
• Recognize that solving predictable issues can resolve unpredictable ones
• View predictable challenges as opportunities for improvement


  1. Roz on July 7, 2024 at 3:40 am

    I feel excited but know I have to be totally committed to reinforcing my actions consistently. Thank you Stacy

  2. Roz on July 7, 2024 at 3:08 am

    So apt and clear -👍🐎 the small
    Things that sort the big things.

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