The most difficult transition we do with a horse: Episode 9-The Trail to the World Show

In this video I discuss transitions of speed, gait…and the most difficult transition I believe we do with horses. Teaching horses to accept contact, loose rein, and contact again is difficult. Practicing transitions inside of gaits (jog to extended jog) is just as important as transitions between the gaits (trot-canter).
I knew my weekend plan was ambitious…show two different horses, in two different events, at two different shows in the same weekend. What I didn’t count on were the rest of the ‘challenges’ life was going to throw at me.
The weekend stretched my comfort zone…almost to a breaking point. While this was uncomfortable, I know that it is preparing me for bigger things.

In 2019 I plan on showing two of my horses in Western Dressage with the goal of showing at the Western Dressage World show in October.
Along the way, I am also training and showing in traditional dressage , reining and ranch riding with Willow and Gabby.
I’m going to be sharing my journey so anyone who is interested can learn along with me.

Some products that have been featured in this video series are:

Weaver Leather Pull-Up Fashion Chinks with Floral Yoke Set

Weaver Leather Stacy Westfall ProTack Oiled Split Rein, 5/8-Inch x 8-Feet, Brown:

Weaver Leather Stacy Westfall Stick and String:

Weaver Leather Stacy Westfall Rope Halter, Medium, Black with Blue Nose:

Weaver Leather Stacy Westfall Activity Ball, Medium, Blue:

Weaver Leather Trail Gear Pommel Bag:

Jeans: Cowgirl Tuff-


  1. Carole Crevani on June 18, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Hi I’m Carole crevani. And I’m ready to learn! How do I get he journal? I have a 15 year old mare who has only ever done barrel raced and trail I haven’t taken her out yet. I’ve had her in my barn for about three years and now I’ve taken a personal interest in her We have been walking and every time she thinks she should trot I stop her because She is fast and faster sweet and wants to please. don’t want to pull on her mouth. I’d like to trot calm and on purpose and I Still need more confidence. I’m thinking if I could retrain her to relax maybe we could do a western dressage class. That is going to be my goal. I’m 81 and I really think I can do this. I ride almost every day I have. 17 yr. Thoroughbred That I’ve been riding for 10 years he was green out of the pasture. And we are doing second level work. I would like to take one if your suggested course.

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