Stacy’s Video Diary: Jac-Episode 16-Teaching a horse to standing still for mounting

Total training time 14 hours 30 minutes

In this video I review;

Bending to stand still:

Jac is learning to bend with the bridle on with the snaffle bit. Bending to stand still is important to keep both of us safe. Jac needs to get these answers correct 100% of the time. This is an exercise that also teaches a horse to stand still when a rider is mounting. Stacy Westfall teaching horse to bend to stand still.

Sacking out using the saddle:

Sacking out using the saddle stirrup is a great way to cause an emotional reaction to sudden movements where the saddle or rider would be. I do it in a way that I can control and repeat until Jac is quiet. I am also getting Jac accustomed to the ropes that I will use as ground driving reins in Episode 17.

Stacy Westfall sacking Jac out using the saddle stirrup

Shifting gears:

Jac demonstrates at 5:38 that the ‘training cycles’ described in Episode 13 are having an effect on his mind. Jac shows that he has learned that when he mentally ‘shifts gears’ is when I reward him…so he begins to ‘act quiet’ when he wants to get done.

Bend to stand still and put foot in the stirrup:

For both of us to stay safe Jac needs to figure out how to balance while I step up in the saddle. Jac also needs to be willing to stand with his head bent while I step up and down.

The funniest part of the video is when Jac is following me up-down-up-down-up-down as I begin to mount…silly boy!


  1. […] ride such as ground work (without a rider) bending while standing still and bending while moving (see Episode 16 & 18),  ground driving (see Episode 17), as well as mounted work. Once mounted up the horse […]

  2. […] you will see an example of a horse that is in the 3rd grade. Jac gives to the bit from side to side (see Episode 16) but Jac doesn’t know how to give with his head straight in front of him […]

  3. […] training that I did in Episode 16 with the rope, flipping the stirrups, prepared Jac for successful ground driving. Keep in mind that […]

  4. Lori Nicholson on December 26, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I’m enjoying this series so much! I look forward to every Wed. when I can watch the next episode. Great work & VERY informative

  5. Carolyn Bergen on December 25, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    These are wonderfully helpful to me. Is there any way to get the first 15 videos emailed to me the same way? I d really appreciate it. I just got signed up with you so I missed them.

    Carolyn Bergen

    Sent from my iPhone


  6. Janette on December 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Another awesome episode, thanks.
    I hope your Christmas is a merry one.

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