Stacy’s Video Diary: Jac- 40 minutes into training…..Episode 3

The second day Jac decided to test ME! Standing on his hind legs, turning and leaving was one way he tried.Stacy's Video Diary: Jac-Episode 3

Later on, in this same lesson, he threatens (2:40) and I mention it. It is pretty minor but you will see it again in episode 4 where it looks more like a charge (see episode 4, at 1:20).

I cannot emphasis enough how important it is to see these ‘little’ questions that the horses ask. Just as it is easier to correct a child sooner- rather than later- the same is true when establishing a relationship with a horse.

You will hear me mention things about stallions…but I have trained many geldings and mares with the same symptoms too. It just so happens that most stallions will test in these ways and you can hear my awareness.

During this day, which is episode 3 & 4, Jac has his break through moment, so watch carefully there is a LOT happening here.


  1. Sarah Bernier on June 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

    While ‘m far behind in the series (trying to catch up as I can!) I’m actually re-watching these beginning episodes. I recently got a new horse and while he’s 9 years old and has TONS of trail riding time, I’ve noticed that if something startles him, he whips backward and pulls — regardless of being tied/being held, etc. Not very respectful of pressure. Interestingly enough, you say at ~4:39 on the video that “that’s why I can’t tie him, because when he feels pressure on the halter he pulls back.” I’m wondering just how many horses ACTUALLY learn to give to the pressure on a halter?

    Also, how often do people like me buy an older horse that’s “been there done that” but have to go back to baby-beginner-basics and teach things like giving to pressure?

    • Stacy on June 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Sarah-Everyone should go back but few do. It is where most problems stem from. If the horse really knows it…then it goes fast. If you find a weakness, then you are improving the horse. I go back over the basics every winter…even with my top horses.

  2. naturalbornracers on January 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    After watching this session, I am no longer able to play the “I m not strong enough” card with my honey. Wake up call! He is 6’3″ and a top horseman that I assist In starting horses. We get renegades as well as young horses. It is an eye opener and helpful for me to see someone assmall and tiny as me handle a horse lile Jac. And as soft as we do. Thank you Stacy. You judged Bill Cameron in 2008 la pomona equine affaire exca race and gave him first. You commented that he was the most consistant.

  3. Kathy on October 28, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I look forward to seeing each clip that you put up. Thank you for doing this. I love your soft but firm approach and how you are so great at explaining what is happening for him and yourself.

  4. irisvillagegirl on October 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    When you are training, do you stall him or turn him out? My horses are always let out to pasture. I have a little 6 month old and am looking at her future.

    • Stacy on October 25, 2013 at 11:59 am

      Both, depending on the horse and the weather. I have run in sheds and many hang out there and come in to ride. Jac is a stallion so group turnout is out. But I have a gelding he goes out with and a turnout he goes out in all the time. Overnight, weeks at a time, etc.
      The weather will become a problem here soon, mud that pulls off shoes, etc. just got a quote for gravel in turnout ($1500!!!) which would fix the lost shoe problem…still getting over the shock of the price!

  5. Ayleyaell on October 24, 2013 at 9:18 am

    So fascinating to see the dialogue between you two! And thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and translations. I’ve had very little experience handling a stallion and I find that I’m much looking forward to regularly going to school with you and Jac. What a rich and wonderful library of information and tips you’re building! Thank you!

  6. Elsie Reagan on October 24, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Stacy, you are amazing. I wish I had learned to train horses in my younger days. I watch your video diary and am ordering your cd’s. I am going to volunteer at a horse rescue in Deland FL, JM rescue. John and his wife are fantastic people and need all the help they can get, presently they have 11 rescues. I donate money for food and care whenever I can and also would like to help with the rehab of the horses for adoption so I thank you for showing me some ways to assist. You are my hero.

  7. Rodolfo on October 23, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Excelente trabajo Stacy, he visto tus videos tienes caballos muy bonitos y tu trabajo con ellos es excepcional, saludos y felicidades…

    • Stacy on October 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      ¡Gracias! Me alegro de que usted está disfrutando (google traducir)

  8. Deanna on October 23, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    I’m loving these episodes! Look forward to watching them each time. Question: Why does Jac try to keep you on his “on” side. I would think and older horse would do it because of human handling–always handling on the “on” side–but Jac is only 2 and hasn’t had a lot of handling, right?

    • Stacy on October 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Jac didn’t have a ton of handling, but was lead in and out of the pasture, held for trims, vet, etc. So even though he was allowed to be a horse (including lots of pasture time with other horses) he has enough interaction to feel more comfortable on that side.

      Funny experiment, next time you handle your horse, try doing everything from the ‘off’ side, leading to saddle, leading out to mount, etc and feel how ‘wrong’ it feels, lol

  9. Linda on October 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Wow! You do such a wonderful job of training. He did have a little attitude going on there.

  10. susan talmge and chloe on October 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    You can tell he has a lot to say!

    • susan talmge and chloe on October 23, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      I have a question. The video clips seem to be at the beginning of training (haven’t ridden yet)but the lead in to the other videos Jac is loping pretty good (well into under saddle) . Im just confused on the timing of the video clips?

      • Stacy on October 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm

        The ‘openers’ will often have other pieces of footage, me loping, etc, that we really liked, that were pretty…..and at this point, give you hope that I really did get somewhere with all of this! Lol
        And yes, those are from later episodes.

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