Stacy’s Video Diary: Jac- Episode 8-Fourth Day, Part 2- Disengage hip; not looking for perfect

Jac 2 hours 5 minutes. This is the second half of day four.Stacy Westfall and Jac

I spend quite a bit of time talking about how to ‘disengage’ a horses hip but thats not where I would like to focus your attention. Instead I would like you to look at three tiny ideas that are hidden in here. Not looking for perfect, compromising and knowing your horse.

Training is a building process. Learners make mistakes. This is why you will see through this series that I am repeating the lessons but building incrementally each day.

Compromising to keep the communication open…great idea but use lightly (like adding habanero pepper to a recipe…a little goes a long way). I mention letting Jac make the decision to turn and face me. You will get more of what you reward…especially if they think of it. Use it wisely. (If you don’t you will end up with the teenager mentioned in yesterdays blog).

Knowing your horse means noticing as much as you can. Notice how they think, hold their heads, what swirls they have, every bump. Gather that information even if you don’t know what to do with it right now….some day it will all click together for you.


  1. Terry Thomas on November 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Hi Stacy
    Watching episodes 7 and 8, the thought occured to me that the people watching the video had a much different angle of the little head tilt thing that Jack does. It actually looks to me as if he’s trying to keep an eye and ear on you as you are interacting, and also keep an eye on the film crew. It kind of looks like he’s trying to tilt his head to be able to actually look in both directions at once. I supposed if you spend some time working him without all of the distractions, you will prove my theory. Just a thought. 🙂

  2. Janette Wilson on November 8, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Hi, I can see how this young fellow with double swirls, would be difficult if you tied to bully him. The swirl thing might have some merit if you had a one size fits all approach to your training. All your horses are good because of your skilful kindness. You are able to adjust to allow the horses to perform at their best.

  3. Tina Ghilotti on November 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Stacy, Thank you so much for these episodes and doing this on the line. I have always had to start horses this way because a round pen was not always available. So nice to see you take logical steps and really working with the horse. So many times in the past I have rushed through training and can see now my results would have been so much better and solid than trying to hurry through.

    Tina G

  4. deltamyhome on November 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Stacy, how can I reply to your Blog?

Leave a Comment




100% Private - 0% Spam

Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

No one taught you the skills you need to work through these things.

Riders often encounter self-doubt, fear, anxiety, frustration, and other challenging emotions at the barn. The emotions coursing through your body can add clarity, or can make your cues indistinguishable for your horse.

Learning these skills and begin communicating clearly with your horse.

Click here to learn more.



Join the newsletter

Subscribe to get the latest content and updates by email.