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Episode 259: The value of seeing the whole process

In this episode, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a glimpse behind the scenes into the lives and journey of two students ...

Episode 258: Choosing and Celebrating Success

In this episode of Stacy Westfall's podcast, she delves into the concept of defining and celebrating success. Stacy reflects on why she ...

Episode 257: Liberty Festival, reining, and bridleless riding

In this episode, Stacy shares insights from her recent experiences at two horse shows in Kentucky and answers a listener's question regarding ...

Episode 256: Bend is your friend, especially when bridleless

In this episode, Stacy Westfall reflects on the 20th anniversary of her first bridleless competition ride, sharing insights from her journey. She ...

Episode 255: Lessons from Outliers: Horses not on the ‘traditional’ path

This episode, Stacy answers a listener's question about working with ‘outliers’. Outliers are horses with unique needs or circumstances. Stacy shares insights ...

Episode 254: My horse is so heavy: skillset and mindset

In this episode, I answer a listener question about a horse who has become heavy on the bit. Topics include: The importance ...

Episode 253: Tack & technique: choosing bits

In this podcast episode, I answer a question from a listener who is preparing to start their horse under saddle and has ...

Episode 252: What is a finished horse?

A listener wrote in that she recently got a new trail horse, and she said, “he's supposed to be a "super finished" ...

Episode 251: Should I reward the smallest try…or expect more?

Early in training, or early in introducing a new concept, it is an EXCELLENT idea to reward the smallest try. But here ...

I have structured my podcast in 'seasons' that focus on a particular subject. The last episode or two in a season are often focused on answering questions that people have asked about the subject.

Season 1 (episodes 1-11) covers the Riders Mind. Topics include fear, failure, goals, mindset, competency and more.

Season 2 (episodes 12-21) covers the Riders Body. Topics include riders aids, strength, flexibility, breaking habits, muscle memory, bareback riding and more.

Season 3 (episodes 22-34) covers the Horses Mind. Topics include underestimating your horse, how a horse asks questions, training routines, correcting behavior and more.

Season 4 (episodes 35-49) covers the Horse's Body. Topics include forward motion, teaching whoa, disengaging vs engaging, improving steering, hot horses and more.

Episode 50 is a special episode discussing work life balance.

Season 5 is focused on tack and equipment.

Season 6 is focused on how I put these techniques and ideas into use with my horses.

Season 7 is listener Q&A.

Season 8 is interviews with other equine professionals.

Season 9 is Trail Riding!

Season 10 topics are around the Riders Mind.

Season 11 is listener Q&A.

Season 12 is going to the next level, collection, maturity, etc.

Season 13 brings many concepts together discussing physical awareness, skill confidence vs self confidence, patterns, being awkward, etc.

Season 14 discusses life coaching principals, goal setting, and other riders mind issues.

Season 15 is listener Q&A.

Words from our Fans

About Stacy

Growing up, I shared a love of horses with my mother but neither of us knew what we were doing. Over the years we dealt with horses that wouldn’t load into trailers, wouldn’t pick up their leads and wouldn’t stand still to be mounted. I fell off more times than I could count and was bitten, stepped on and run away with before I was old enough to drive a car. There were many, many good times too. My favorite childhood memories all involve horses (and one ornery pony.)

It took me years to develop to the point where I became a successful competitor in a male-dominated industry. The beauty of this is that it proved that true strength is a mental game more than a physical one.

I believe in creating win-win-win relationships. I can show you how to reach your goals faster if you’re willing to put in the work. Whether you love trail riding, have goals of showing or would someday love to understand bridleless riding, I can show you the way.

…and yes I still clean stalls."


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