Stacy’s Video Diary: Jac- 1 hour of training, Jac evaluates Stacy….Episode 4

If there is a break through episode…this is it! This is the second day of training and you can watch Jac ‘shift Episode 4 writinggears’ mentally…and physically.

Let me explain the time codes here.

Each episode begins with the total training time to date.

At the beginning of Episode 1, I had never touched him-so it says zero hours. At the beginning of Episode 2, it says 20 minutes, because that is how long I really had him out in the arena for the evaluation….even though it got edited to just under seven minutes long (episode 1).

I am working on some graphs that I will share in the future to illustrate how much training time Jac is receiving each day. Tracking the time is one of my favorite features of this series because it is time spent, not years of life, that determine how well trained a horse becomes. And there is a balance.

So, one hour into Jac’s training with me he has a breakthrough moment.

Is everything perfect after this? NO, but you can see that Jac begins to realize that I might have something to offer.


  1. Rachel on October 27, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Hello! I love your video diaries and can’t wait to watch the next ones!
    I have a question, what does the licking and chewing say? Is it a good thing. The mare I lease also does it and I wanted to know what that is saying.
    Thanks for the amazing episodes,

  2. Rhonda Stock on October 27, 2013 at 1:13 am

    I can’t wait for the next episode! Thank you so much for sharing these. It is very encouraging to me to see this sort of thing step by step so we can see the ups and downs and the horse’s reactions. So many training videos show what to do and the horse behaves perfectly and does what he’s told right away in the video. That can be frustrating when we go out and try it ourselves and get a totally different reaction! I love seeing how you deal with Jac when he isn’t acting like a model equine citizen. LOL. Thanks again! Can’t wait for more!!

  3. betty Joiner on October 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    My dream is to go to Mulsboro (mispelled) and see the place you won. This is like a dream. i am working on building a round corral as I have tried to do a little of this where there are stalls and it just doesn;t work. I like to do tricks more than other things and understand this is no good. Have a gift with treats but not sure what I could do without. i am like all the others YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!

  4. Russ Hosier on October 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    THANK YOU!!! so much for these awesome training Jac videos. I have learned so much watching your training techniques and am impressed with your calmness and patience. I am 75 yrs. old, crazy about horses and you have helped me so much with my own horses.

  5. Anne on October 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Adding this as I forgot to check mark the “follow up comments” box.

  6. Anne on October 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Yes, I am interested to know why you introduced the stick later rather than sooner.

    • Stacy on October 25, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      I had the stick with me the whole time (see Episode 1 and Episode 2). In todays blog I answer the question of how and why I was using (click here to see todays)

      • Anne on October 25, 2013 at 6:50 pm

        I think Chelbie and I were possibly thinking along the same lines. You tend to work on preparing for lunging before preparing to desensitize with the stick. I have always thought that the desensitizing touching the body parts always came first. Your way is good too.

        • Stacy on October 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm

          If he had been a naturally lazy or quiet horse, I would have likely started with rubbing, etc and moved him slower. He was just so full of himself he didn’t give me that option. I can control his motion but I can’t make him stand still until he has more training.

          • Anne on October 25, 2013 at 10:01 pm

            Aaaah that makes sense. Thanks for clarifying this for me.

          • Stacy on October 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

            I can hardly wait for everyone to see next weeks episodes (which were the next day….) and the next, and the next, this has been such a fun project!

  7. Nikki on October 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I love that you are doing this with Jac! I have been wanting to do this very thing for a long time… Just don’t have a cameraman. Anyway while I know all this stuff I am enjoying watching the videos and nodding my head… I’m sure I’ll take some things home to my 3 year old gelding 🙂

  8. Tierney on October 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I love this video series! Such a great idea and I love seeing the progress and I’m learning so much! Thank you!

  9. Chelbie on October 25, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Stacey, I have a question. Why didn’t you opt to desensitize Jac to the stick and string prior to your first session with it (I think episode 3)? I’m just wondering because in the past, I have seen many folks get the horse used to the lunge whip, carrot stick, or what have you touching them and flipping around them before they begin to teach the horse to lunge. I’m always curious to learn new tools and techniques and your method spiked my curiosity 🙂 Thank you!

  10. bunny97133 on October 25, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Hi Stacy! Do you know a man named Jack Hunter? He lives in Beulah Colorado.

    • Stacy on October 25, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Can’t say I do, but I have been in the area and may have met him. I am better at remembering faces….and even better at remembering horses, lol

  11. Anja Hooymans / Belgium on October 25, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Bless U Stacy for sharing this with us!
    Jac is really somethin and you show us that it isn’t only easy.
    Thank you so much.

    • Anja Hooymans / Belgium on October 25, 2013 at 7:13 am

      And I also entered the Do Not Enter :-P……….so human like!

      • Stacy on October 25, 2013 at 11:56 am

        You joined the other experimenters! lol

  12. Beth kane on October 25, 2013 at 3:38 am

    Stacy, this is so cool,you keep giving to us, what can I do for you?
    For now, I must say this is awesome,and a huge gift to all!

    • Stacy on October 25, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Just share it as much as you can!

  13. Tina Ghilotti on October 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm


    Thank you so much for these videos. Very powerful and learn so much. You are and excellent teacher to both horses and humans.

  14. irisvillagegirl on October 24, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Fascinating to watch! I am learning soooooo much! Thanks Stacy!

  15. susan talmge and chloe on October 24, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Very nice responses from Jac. Stacy you are so consistent with your training with what is also on your videos. Great job

  16. cindy weber on October 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Everything I have read previously says that the on side was because they see us better on that side than the other. Left brain, right brain kinda thing. This is interesting!! 🙂

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