Stacy’s Video Diary: Jac – Zero Hours of Training…Episode 1

It took 800 hours of training before I rode Roxy bridleless the first time. It took over 1,000 hours of training before the historic “Live Like You Were Dyin” ride.

Episode 1

Stacy’s Video Diary: Jac – Episode 1- First Day, Part 1- Evaluating Jac

Now meet Jac at 0 hours of training.

Have you ever wondered how a professional begins evaluating a horse? Watch as I evaluate Jac’s raw reactions before I begin training. I discuss confidence, leads, level of fear, which side Jac wants to keep me on, training vs. evaluating, planting seeds, reading a horse’s body language and increasing a horse’s desire to come to you.


  1. […] the beginning of Episode 1, I had never touched him-so it says zero hours. At the beginning of Episode 2, it says 20 minutes, […]

  2. Laurie Monroe on October 27, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I just recently got my 12 yr. old daughter a horse of her own and am finding I am having several issues with her all of a sudden….watching your video has helped me work with her,…Thank you Stacy

  3. Beth kane on October 22, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I really enjoy the clear communication, quick and simple. Yesterday I played with in little stallion, just backing up and he reacted exactly as you demonstrated! Very cool!

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  5. Beth on October 19, 2013 at 9:02 am

    That was brilliant! Thank you so very much for sharing and demonstrating what the horses reaction was to you!!

  6. Tawney on October 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Great video, but working with a 2yr old stallion with no helmet on, I don’t agree, and it doesn’t show that you care about your own safety!! It would be great to show the upcoming generation that safety comes first, especially with stallions & females training them!! Just “think first”. You only have one head.

  7. Morgan Imparato on October 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    What a gorgeous horse! I actually really liked how you started out by watching how he interacts with everything first. Your overall training style for this episode was actually pretty cool! It makes me wish I had done that when I first got my horse. I had to re-train him, but never really thought about this. Oh well, I’ll think of it for the new one I’ll hopefully be getting in a few months.
    I also thought that the way you got Jac to come to you was great! It was intriguing enough that he got curious about it without him feeling like he was completely above you. At my barn we’re huge on the idea that you need to assert yourself as “boss” but not be mean or cruel, but this is definitely something I’d like to try with my gelding. There were definitely a bunch of points in this that I would love to try out sometime! I can’t wait for episode 2

  8. Pat LaCroix on October 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I love watching these daily blogs. I wish I had had your confidence when I learned to ride bareback on a neighbor’s horse as a kid. We didn’t have enough money for my own horse, so I rode the neighbor’s. And my dad always said anything on the farm had to pay it’s own way or it was a waste. 🙁

  9. Roberta Giovinazzo on October 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you, Stacy. This series of videos is very helpful! Keep up the good work!

  10. WGAF on October 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Excellent Training…..Looking forward to the next Video! Good job….both of you!

  11. Rachel on October 18, 2013 at 11:11 am

    My new favorite show! I am an English rider and I lease an 8 year old American Indian Horse mare. The way you got Jac to come to you was really cool and I didn’t think it would work that way. I obviously don’t work with stallions because I am only 12, but this video made me think of training differently.
    Is episode 2 out? I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!

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