Training tips from Stacy Westfall and Tekonsha-bank accounts & body language

The focus of this video series is on trailer loading BUT it is soooo much more than that. For example it talks about many theories such as your horse’s bank account and reading a horses body language. It is also the last video training series Vaquero appears in.

This video series was created with Tekonsha with the hope of educating people about safe trailer hauling and training your horse to load in the trailer. Below this video is a summary of the things you SHOULD have learned or though about…if you can’t remember them being mentioned… re-watch the video!

Did you catch the ‘bank account’ idea? Can you see how building the communication can put ‘money’ in that account? Have you ever known someone who bought a horse (paying for the training the horse had) and then you saw them take constant withdrawals until the horses value had dropped?

Can you move your horses body around similar to the way I did with Vaquero? If Vaquero was average…where is your horse? When you are moving your horse around you (front end, hind end, lunging around you, etc) are you focused on reading his body language also? Is he saying he is scared, bored, lazy, mad, confused or understanding everything?

Remember if you go to the Tekonsha website and click on ‘collector cards’ Tekonsha will mail you one of these four cards for FREE!


  1. Nancy on July 14, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I love Vaquero. He is beautiful to watch. TY for your gracious training tips. Prayers to you.

  2. olivia on July 14, 2012 at 1:20 am

    This was very interesting and helpful! I loved how Vaquero was moving his head around a lot at the beginning. It proved that he was a real horse if you know what I mean. a lot of the time I without realizing it think that those champion horses are perfect and that they hold still all of the time and are always just absolutely perfect. I loved to see you just working with him, to see some of his personality,and what he was like. Beautiful horse! I only ever have seemed to see him in the spotlight, besides that lovely video you posted about him playing in the mud with his buds. And it was refreshing to see him just at home being trained by one of the best horse women ever born!
    Love ya Stacy!

  3. Kathy Kopylec on July 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I can say now, I understand about the money in the bank, and that this video is helpfull to me. Thanks.

  4. Joyce Miller on July 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Stacy – I had a just a few minutes to catch you & Vaquero -emotional as it was – I made myself listen and learn about “deposits & withdrawls” & “trailer loading tips” .. Central Indiana weather has cooled off & TONIGHT is the night to practice working with my blonde QH, using the “stick & the string”. I WILL keep watching this video – until I can achieve like reactions with my mare. Thank you again for your willingness to teach, demonstrate, and bless each horse & rider! Joyce Miller

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