The ‘Art’ of Horse training

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Michelangelo

When I see a horse I see a piece of art or at least the raw materials. As a trainer it is my job to see beyond the surface and look for the possibilities. Then slowly, over years of training, it is my job to uncover and make visible to others what I have seen.

That is also my job as a parent in a way. When we influence others it can either be in a positive way that uncovers the beauty that we see or it can be in a destructive way that destroys the potential.

Who are you influencing today in a positive way?


  1. Cyndi on October 17, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Amazing and heart touching run! Congrats on your huge win! You and your horse are absolutely brilliant!!!

  2. Nikki on October 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    thank you!

    when i got my paint, i came to this horse like a mother to her child!
    dont get me wrong…. i spend time with horses before, took care of one of my friends horses for years…. inbetween had breaks. never wanted my own horse… just wanted to change my riding style.

    guess what…. i not only changed that, but took on the biggest task in my life!!!!

    but i love my paint!!!! 🙂

  3. Becki Haynes on October 17, 2011 at 11:08 am

    This is not just a philosophy for horse training or child rearing (both of which I am doing); it is a philosophy to live by in every area of your life. I work at a state prison, and in spite of the obstacles, try to “look for the possibilities.” You are an inspiration to me Stacy! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jennifer Daniel on October 17, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I saw you at the Horse fair in April in Iowa. Hope you can come back to Iowa soon

  5. Jennifer Daniel on October 17, 2011 at 7:57 am

    This is so true. I work in Marshalltown, Iowa at the Wolfe ranch where I just started in July. This ranch is owned by Quakerdale which is an organization that helps kids. The name of many of their programs is Promise. They got the name from seeing promise in kids and drawing it out of them. I love your philosophy Stacy. You are right on.

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