Stacy Westfall lives in our downstairs bathroom…teaching your horse whoa and sliding stops

“Stacy-Do you suggest only attempting sliding, short sliding, stops with horses bred for reining? Or, can most quarter horses slide short distances…and if so how do you teach the horse to get his hind legs under him for better stops?- Georgia D.”
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Georgia, Each horse will vary in ability to perform the sliding stop. ‘Stock’ horses, QH, Paints, Appaloosas are more well known for this but many breeds can perform some form of sliding stops. The Arabian shows are promoting reining and many Arabs are participating. I have seen Morgans, Halflingers and others that could slide. Some horses are built for the slide to be easier for them and some mentally want to slide more than others.
A strong example comes from someone who at one time had the same question. Let me introduce you to Susan and Chloe. Susan had similar questions but read below what she ‘discovered.’  Susan’s horse is Chloe. Chloe is half paint and half saddlebred. Susan did all of the ‘whoa’ training by following my DVD’s. She says, “I particularly like your Whoa video on this stopping subject. (and your explanation that) A horse should stop with all three cues and each one work individually100 % of the time.”   The following is written by Susan:
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“Chloe stops are fabulous!  I have had people ask me how did you get her to do that!  Of course I let them in on my secret, Stacy Westfall lives in my down stairs bathroom.  Let me explain….  Prior to Chloe being broke to ride I spent 1 1/2 years on ground work, watching and re-watching your video’s.  Every Saturday and Sunday I would get up go down stairs and pop in one of your video’s.  My husband every weekend would hear you downstairs over and over and as he put it “I thought Stacy Westfall lived in our downstairs bathroom”
Funny!  Anyway please stop by anytime and I explain to everyone how I got Chloe so lite and responsive is by watching your videos over and over.-Susan”
Check out this video of Chloe sliding. The rider is Brittany Ray, Susan’s friend. Susan and Brittany both attended a clinic with Stacy together:)


  1. […] they are also the key to my ability to ride bridleless. I also wrote a blog that featured a part Saddlebred to slide like a reiner and she tells how she achieved this. Often the biggest problem that people […]

  2. Rebecca on July 12, 2014 at 5:06 am

    I have probably a silly question, coming from another breed/discipline. Never thought of doing stops before I watched Stacy with Jac. When Stacy emphasized some of Jacs physical qualities, I was encouraged thinking about my horse’s ability to try it. My Paso Fino has a really good build on him (lots of Andalusian closer in his bloodline).
    So anyway, whats the difference between a sliding stop and a short stop (and any other kinds of stops)?
    I don’t mind sounding silly too much, I guess 😉 :p

  3. Alex Sykes on July 10, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    My Percheron Clydesdale cross can do a decent sliding stop. At 18,2 and 2400 pounds, it’s an amazing ride but it terrorizes anyone sitting at that end of the arena since it looks like he’ll never stop and simply crash through the fence. I had to get sliding boots made for him since no one makes them for a draft, now when I put them on him he starts getting excited and can’t wait to do it. He also likes small (3 foot is small for him) jumps.

  4. johanna on July 9, 2014 at 1:49 am

    breeds that can slide to a stop: i taught the Shetland Pony i rode when i was 10 years old to do a shortstop slide–actually the slide was excellent and long, especially if it was muddy 🙂

    i guess because of this, i have always assumed every horse or pony could be taught to slide to a stop. (but maybe not a ”showstopper slide”)..

  5. susan talmage on July 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    In the video Brittany Ray who shows in reining is demostrating Chloe’s stop. Brittany Ray often rides/practices with Chloe on her reining moves.

  6. Tanja Cornwell on July 8, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Nice! I’ve got a two month old half Arab filly who loves to charge downhill and then put on the brakes. She has her hind legs almost all the way to the front. Mind you I’ve about 5 ft of deep sand there. So she’s doing this all on her own. (I do wonder what that may do to her growing joints) 😉

  7. Lesia Lowe on July 8, 2014 at 9:57 am

    thats great seeing your videos helping people……. you mentioned in one of Jac’s videos (episode26) I think…. that he was getting “baby Sliders”…. so that means there are different sizes???

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