Stacy’s Video Diary: Jac- Episode 24-teaching a horse to spin (day 1) and improving steering

Total Training Time- 40 hours 30 minutes

In this video I talk about spurs, moving a horses shoulder (spiral out), improving steering and beginning to teach Jac to spin.

I began riding Jac with spurs around 30 hours of training by using a simple slip on English type nub spur. Around 40 hours of training I moved to a traditional 10 point rowel spur. Spurs have rowels because they are designed to be rolled on the horses side.

Next I review why and how I taught Jac to understand the inside rein from the first ride until now by largely avoiding the use of the outside rein during early training. Have you noticed how little I have used the outside rein?

At the 3 minute mark, I show how I introduce using the outside rein and explain why.

A week earlier, in Episode 23,  I showed the first time I asked Jac to spiral out or move his shoulder.

In this video, at 2:20, there is a great demonstration of spiral out performed by a horse with one week of practice. Spiral out is my prerequisite before I begin teaching the spin and it also leads into counter-bending.

Notice at the 5 minute mark how Jac is stretching his neck and lowering his head as a side effect of these exercises.

At the 6 minute mark I explain how I will be using my inside rein and outside leg when asking Jac to turn tighter. Tighter turns will help Jac begin to think about spinning.

Notice how the repetition of turning right, right, right, right, right, plays a part in Jac catching on to the idea of the spin.

At 8:15 I show an exercise that I use to improve both the back up and the spin.

Can you believe how much Jac has improved on the spiral out? I can’t wait to show you his next stage of spinning!


  1. […] the Jac series and you will see how I use all of my hand/bridle cues. In the Roxy video I was not using hand cues […]

  2. Vanessa Register on February 21, 2014 at 2:23 am

    one of the best videos I have seen. can’t wait to go try the spiraling out with my horses. It is going to be great to have such shoulder control. thank you!

  3. Fran on February 20, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    love these videos

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  5. Katelyn on February 20, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Stacy, at what point did you consider Jac broke to the ‘baby spur’? And what kind of saddle are you riding in? It looks comfy.

  6. Becca on February 19, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    It looks warm there!!! Can’t wait for Missouri to warm up again!

  7. Patricia A. Woodruff on February 19, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Stacy!! I watch ALL of your Jac videos and he absolutely LOVES you. .I know he is willing to please you and get your commands right. This has been a blessing to see the progress and so generous of you to share Jac & all of your training techniques with everyone. When you took on Jac to train, he got an ANGEL, you!!!

  8. Scottie Treesh on February 19, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    watched this video and it makes more sense to me since I could watch the technique..also gives me an idea of how to show my son to lighten his hands on the reins a little..he isn’t heavy handed but has problems “feeling” the horses mouth through the reins..i had to tell him it is like fishing, if you can feel a fish bite on the line you can feel the horses mouth..

  9. FreeEats on February 19, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Stacy, Thank you for being so generous with your knowledge, these videos are wonderful! I’m currently training a colt that is in a similar point of his training so it’s fun to see how we’re doing compared to where you guys are at. When I do an exercise like this my colt is not as quiet in the mouth as Jac is here. If Jac was being fussy or chomping, would you go back to a prior point of training or would it show you that a critical piece of his foundation was missed? I would love your opinion. Just FYI: wolf teeth have been pulled, I’m using a soft snaffle and gentle hands. Thank you!!

    • Stacy on February 19, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      In general, yes. I do more riding with inside rein only. Some need more time and miles to quiet before moving on. Sometimes I have even gone to a halter or bosal/hackmore for awhile just to prevent it becoming a habit. I also go back and do groundwork with them in the bridle, wearing it but not using it, and pay attention to how choppy the horse is just wearing it. If they use their mouth a lot without any reins, etc it shows me they are more prone to chomping. You can also have the teeth checked again (thanks for the disclaimer about the teeth, etc) as sometimes weird things happen. We had a mare come to us that had teeth removed as 2 yr old but had a fragment left and puss…and she was 5 years old!

  10. June on February 19, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Hi from the U.K. , can you show us a pic of the bit you started jac in please, 🙂 Lovin the vids and learning a lot 🙂

    • Stacy on February 19, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      I don’t have a picture handy but…I will make these links to either the same or similar…smooth snaffle, then twisted snaffle, now shanked snaffle. Nothing fancy. Not too thick or thin. Good news…I show the twisted wire in Episode 25!

  11. Nikki Bieber on February 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    oh how i wished you would have moved next door to us, and would be my riding instructor!
    (Y) love those vids.

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