Presto’s First Ride: Staying safe during the first ride on a horse

One year ago this week was Presto’s first ride! Here is a video showing the big day.
❤️It’s very fitting that his first trail?ride was this week…watch for an upcoming video of that!
I’ve owned Presto now for four years. He has grown so much and I’m finally ready to start sharing his adventures. You can find all of his posts on my website (
What questions do you have for me about Presto?
#PressonRegardless #Presto #Equithrive


  1. Gretchen Ruffin on July 29, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Stacy! How did he know that you were asking him to trot?
    Great job. He didn’t seem anxious or confused.
    How did u know he was thinking of bucking?

    • Stacy Westfall on July 30, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      I did ground driving with him so he knew that clucking meant trot. He also knows that tapping on with the whip means ‘faster’ so if he is walking, the next gait is trot.
      When I got on I used the dressage whip the same way I did from the ground to get him to trot around me.

      I could tell he was thinking of bucking because he was trying to pull his head down…and he was rounding his back up.

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