Reviewing Jac’s first week: Day One

watch the videos below of Episode 1 and 2 of Jac's training

watch the videos below of Episode 1 and 2 of Jac’s training

I would like to look back at Jac’s first week of training, one day at a time, ending on Wednesday with Day six (Episode 11)…which hasn’t been seen before.

We filmed every day during the first week of Jac’s training because so much happens so fast. After week one, we  filmed less often and beginning with Episode 12, you will begin to see the time codes jumping longer periods of time.  Also, beginning November 20th we will be releasing only one episode per week on Wednesdays.

So, were you amazed at how much goes on in those first few days? Can you see when ‘seeds’ were planted or when questions were asked by both horse and handler?

Episode 1 and Episode 2 were both filmed on Day 1. Watch both episode and then answer the following questions:

Episode 1

How accurate do you think Stacy’s evaluation during Episode 1 was, now that you have seen the first ten episodes?

For those of you who have read Stacy’s book, Smart Start, where do you think Jac is on the emotional scale?

Can you see how the training is working with his personal nature? Can you see how early Stacy could see the imbalance in Jac’s ‘on-side’ vs ‘off-side’?

What other things did Stacy mention during the evaluation that you saw even more clearly after watching the next ten episodes?

Episode 2

We see Jac pawing…what episode is the last one he paws in? Why does he stop pawing?

Do you see the difference between evaluating vs training?

Can you see how focused Stacy is on reading the body language? (Episode 12 will come out on November 20th…and it is all about body language)

What other questions do you see Jac asking now that you can look back over the first ten episodes?

I am excited and honored by the response you have had to watching Jac’s training. I can’t wait to bring you more!


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  2. Jenn H on November 16, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I’ve really been enjoying this series and watching the remarkable progress Jac has made! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us!
    We’re a family of horse lovers/beginner riders and have a goal of eventually owning our own horses. When purchasing a new horse, even one who is older/trained/etc., would starting from the beginning like this be recommended to establish the communication and respect or would that interfere or change their previous training?

    • Stacy on November 17, 2013 at 9:56 am

      So glad you are enjoying!
      I love the idea of buying an older/trained horse. It is what I recommend and I am preparing to do a blog dedicated to that idea.

      I always recommend starting from the beginning. It is the best way to find out if any little things were missed in the training. Also sometimes the horses get ‘rusty’ just like we do (remember the TV show ‘Are you smarter than a 5th grader?)

      Will it change the previous training? Maybe. But any handling you do is going to be modifying the training to some degree.

      The best idea is to work with the person that trained the horse you are buying. That may be the seller or it may not. If that isn’t possible then finding someone you trust to take lessons with and learn from is a great idea also.

  3. Melody Clark on November 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    It has opened my eyes. I am just glad Jac came into her life. She is talented and teaches well for I am learning as well. I would just like to say THANK YOU STACY.

  4. Robin on November 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I love watching your progression with Jac and can see his “wheels turning” as he becomes more comfortable with you and his understanding of what you are asking of him…his confidence is really building with each video=) You have also made me stop and question what my colt is asking me during his training even though I pay close attention to his body language and demeanor, your videos have made me question even more so. Thank you for sharing your journey with Jac!

  5. Kerrie on November 15, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I can’t wait to see the next episode. Thanks so much I’m loving it.

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