Stacy’s Video Diary: Jac- Episode 21-Riding colt outside; steering, rate and forward motion

For my training program Jac is right on track. In this video he has been in training with me for almost two months. In that two months I have worked him 27 hours and 15 minutes. It is possible to train a horse faster by working them longer during each session. With a two year old this is the pace I choose.nice weather

The bigger area encourages more forward motion which is good because Jac is on the lazy side. I am doing more clucking/kissing/bumping than I ultimately want to but I allow it at this stage of the training. Keeping them mentally quite, which looks like physically lazy, it is a version of sacking one out and it makes them less reactive which is easier to ride.

I am mostly working on his steering and forward motion. He is very relaxed because I am not picking at him. My hands are smooth and quiet and he reflects this in his smooth and quiet over all look. I am using a dressage whip also and I change where the whip is used (inside or outside) depending on what needs to be reinforced.

I’m still reading him; he has a lot of natural rate-all I have to do is stop pushing him forward and he wants to stop, he is telling me about himself. He has a natural jake-brake built in. Generally this is a good sign for one wanting to slide.

Twelve days ago he had his wolf teeth pulled and teeth floated. He responded well to the dentist; look how quiet he is being with his mouth.


  1. on February 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    What are your thoughts on starting horses by wearing spurs? I was told if you use them, use them from the start.

  2. cowgirlchiq on February 1, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I was wondering to myself, ‘Why would one have a 2 year old horse’s teeth pulled and floated?’. Then you explained it. My boy has wolf teeth, and he is about 6. Sometimes he acts like he absolutely HATES the bit being in his mouth. Do you think that could be part of the problem?

    • Stacy on February 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      It is worth checking it out. A great equine dentist can do amazing things and just like human doctors they come with varying degrees of excellence so I even get second opinions at times.

  3. […] you watch Stacy’s Video Diary: Jac-Episode 21 you will see an example of a horse that is in the 3rd grade. Jac gives to the bit from side to side […]

  4. Maria on January 31, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    It seems a bit ridiculous that people are asking if you are deaf. Isnt that a rumor that was squelched and put to rest years ago? Anyway, I am really really enjoying and appreciating your video diary. It is helping me in training my 3 year old. Thank you so much!!!

  5. lesia mann on January 30, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    why was Jac limping ?

    • Stacy on January 31, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      That will be next weeks Diary….

  6. RonNora Kolda on January 30, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I really enjoy your blog. But I need one question due to persistent rumor on Facebook. Are you deaf? I need it cleared up.

  7. Anthony clemons on January 30, 2014 at 7:43 am

    really live the video

  8. Brenda on January 29, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Wow I thought theses videos were current but by the leaves & no snow I know it’s not now.

    • Stacy on January 30, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Episode 1 gave the starting date for the videos as March:)

  9. Shelley on January 29, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I love this Stacey he seems very laid back. Makes me miss riding 🙂

  10. Nikki B on January 29, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    He’s so beautiful, I can’t wait to see him doing all the things that Roxy did. I hope he is OK xx

  11. Jeri Kunkel on January 29, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    He’s such a handsome boy! He really carries himself nicely.

  12. melody on January 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    O no now I am so worried the way that left off…….’What Happened to Jac?’

  13. Katelyn on January 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    He is so handsome. He looks like he is really listening, or in time with you already. I’m so glad to see another Jac video :). Thanks Stacy!

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