Signed copies of Smart Start book

smart_start I am headed over to Stagecoach West (they ship items order here) today so if you want anything personilized in time for Christmas it can still be done.

When I was there just after Thanksgiving I signed a bunch of the Smart Start books without directly putting names on them so this way you can either get them signed in general or you can send in your name (or the gift persons name) and have it made directly to them!


  1. tjedhorsegirl on February 1, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I received this book as a gift for Christmas.(a signed one!) I LOVE IT!!! I have several horse training books all by some of the top trainers in the country but this is my favorite by far!!!!! I have it all marked up and dog eared. It looks kind of rough for only being a month old…I just use it a TON!!! I have learned so much from it. Only problem is I don’t have a round pen or a square pen that I could convert into a round pen so I can’t do the free longing and other stuff off of the line. So I just do it all on a lead rope. I have been seeing great results with my current project horse using this method and I just cant imagine how it could get even better if I did have a round pen!!!!(hopefully I’ll get one soon!)

    Stacy, do you have any tips for me with just using a lead rope? I would use my whole arena but there is only fencing on 3 sides of it so I don’t think it would work. 🙂 My ranch is ever a work in progress……

  2. Melissa Pellegrin on December 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I was originally introduced to you and Roxy via a viral video on FaceBook, and yes it said you were deaf and mute and that you didn’t own Roxy, but had trained her for 20 days. I thought ‘Oh my word, can you imagine….’ I am happy to say that before I spread the video, which I really wanted to do because what an amazing ride it was!, I did some research. I found the Ellen Show online and watched, still in amazement. I just wanted to say great work and I congratulate you on your obvious love and respect for horses. I just can’t get enough of you riding without bridle and saddle. I had a pony when I was young and never really appreciated him like I might today. However, I shared the video, and this site with my five year old twins and twelve year old daughter. We are all huge fans!

  3. Cyndee Collins on December 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    I received my book yesterday and love it! I do have to tell you a very funny story about it though. I was reading through a section where you talk about verbal cues and transferring them to leg cues later. I read that section out loud to my husband and in my excitement I substituted “words” for “verbal cues” so it came out like ….teach the words “cluck” for trot and “kiss” for lope …. well I don’t think I need to tell you the teasing and laughter that came after that! In my naivety, I said “why would I use the word “cluck” for trot?” then it dawned on me we are talking about the “sound the word represents” not the word. Hence verbal cues. Welllll — my husband, who is a fairly accomplished horseman himself for over 50 years, has been going around saying “cluck, boy, cluck” and grinning like a cheshire cat. I tried to explain that I now understood what was meant but it is too late. I think I will forever be “the girl with the clucking horse” — I must explain that I come my naivety honestly — I have waited 50 years to get my first horse and am so anxious to be as hands on as possible in his training. He is about 10 years old and has been handled a lot, mostly as a pet I think because he loves to be around people. But my husband has been working with him under saddle and he is doing quite well. He won’t let me ride him yet because we don’t know his true background and he doesn’t want me to get hurt. I am working with him on the ground – I love your book because it explains to me things that my husband has been trying to get across to me but either I am tuning him out or I just don’t understand how he is explaining it. Thanks so much for who you are and what you do!

    • Stacy on December 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Lol, that made me laugh ‘clucking girl’, lol

  4. Shalene Rock on December 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Stacy, you’re riding ability amazes me. I saw the video of your 2006 ride and started crying, as well as, my husband. He said to have that partnership with your horse is the perfect ride. I wish I had half of your ability. All I can say is “Ride on.”

  5. Anne Thomas on December 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Stacy…my friend who used to live here…now lives in Colorado, her sister sent it to her…she forwarded it to me. Crazy how this stuff gets going! I was going to send it to you but looks like you already have it!! Hope you are all doing well! Have a Merry Christmas!!

  6. Kimberly on December 6, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I would love to purchase a signed copy Stacy. I have triplet girls that are just beginning their lessons and hopefully a lifetime filled loving horses the way I have. Do you have any other books you would suggest for me to read with them? They watch all your videos all ready!
    Thank you for sharing your gift with the world.

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