Help! Should I start a second blog site? Please leave a comment…I need your brain power!

06 Dec

Help! Should I start a second blog site? Or just add more content to this blog and Facebook?

I have the urge to blog and discuss topics that are NOT horses…for example marriage, kids, homeschooling….the stuff that happens in my life that is more indirectly related.

So….separate site?

If you are here for ‘horse’ stuff….how would you feel about a post that was my favorite recipe or about me homeschooling my kids?

I bought two other domains already just incase….

yourlifeyourwork…com  —–work is so closely tied to life


mastertheartofliving….com  ——- I don’t just want to ‘live’, I want to ‘master the art of living’

Would it be more confusing for me to have two sites….or more useful because I have ‘horsey’ and ‘non-horsey’ topics?


Posted by on December 6, 2013 in Life


103 responses to “Help! Should I start a second blog site? Please leave a comment…I need your brain power!

  1. Joani

    December 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    U could use one blog and just make different headers for different topics like if U were looking in a file cabinet drawer making folders. …i.e.

    Home Horses Family Kids

    etc., etc.,

    Take a look at this site and see how she has done this.

  2. Diana Stewart

    December 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Separate please 🙂

  3. Gayle Carline

    December 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I have two, Stacy. One is about my life as a person and an author, under my own name ( The other is my horse’s blog, under his name ( I think it works best to have the horse stuff on one site and the other stuff on the other.

  4. Kim Winnett

    December 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Well, considering I homeschool my daughter, and I enjoy cooking – I just think it would be great to have it all on one blog . . You are a whole person, not a person with pieces – so why blog in pieces?

    • Jane Cutler

      December 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      I agree Kim. It’s nice to read that Stacy is a REAL person 🙂

  5. Tanja

    December 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Stacy, I think you can try to blog non.horsey topics for a while, and see what happens…if it creates confusion, then maybe you use an other domain. what do you think about this?
    Best regards Tanja.

  6. Corina de Jong

    December 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I would go for 2 blogs. I think you have a lot of readers, especially from outside the US, that really love your horse posts and feel being spoken too by you (sorry for the bad english, am non-native english speaker myself) but look differently towards other stuff. E.g. Non christians and people from non-western countries.

  7. Wendy

    December 6, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    You might want to see how this site is handled she does a really great job with keeping everything on one site, but with different sections on cooking and homeschooling and every day life on the ranch.

    • Lisa Cook

      December 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Great idea ~

  8. Linda Hagerman

    December 6, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    like it just the way it is all together on one site it’s a nice combo horse business and family business and spiritual business all rolled into one its great! Thank You!

  9. Mary Lee Baker Alford

    December 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I’m okay with it all being on one site so i don’t miss anything.

  10. Becky R. Northaven

    December 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    As a mom and small business owner I have found that not all my customers want to know about my kids or favorite foods while they DO want to know about events or sales for my business, but for those who DO want to know, they have always followed both my business “Dragonrail” as well as my personal page. I definitely recommend setting up a non-horse blog. It is not difficult to follow multiple blogs and for the folks who are only looking for specific information, they will appreciate it! – Becky Northaven, Owner, Dragonrail

  11. Marissa

    December 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    The way I see it, I signed on to the Stacy Westfall blog. I respect and admire you for more than just your way with horses. Personally I’d like to see just one blog. I would become confused with too many blogs.

  12. Lynn Baber

    December 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Stacy, I’ve been around the world on this issue. I had up to four blogs at one time then realized that one site was enough. Just as any horse can be an arena horse, a trail horse, a cutting horse, or a pleasure horse, he’s still the same horse regardless of the tack or maneuvers chosen. You can do a separate blog to branch out in design yet include it in the navigation bar at the top of your main blog. Do the same on the other. That way readers can jump back and forth and self-select what they want to read. If they only want horse they don’t have to click over – and vice versa. With one product – YOU – are you sure you want to divide your marketing and promotion time between different projects? From what I’ve seen, your life message is the same as your training message. I do christian ministry and horses. They are one and the same because the message is the same. Facebook is a different animal all together.

  13. Jenny Hiscox

    December 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I would prefer a separate site, myself. My kids are grown and on their own now, and I have plenty of other interests that don’t leave me time for reading about parenting stuff any more. Horse stuff, yes!

    • Sarah Bernier

      December 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      I second this! As I posted on FB, as a search marketer I always tell my clients, the more focused you can make your site, the better it’ll be a) for marketing purposes, b) for credibility/seeming like an expert on a topic/service, and c) speaking to the specific audience you’re trying to attract. For example, someone’s looking for horse training videos (or tips, or natural horsemanship-based tactics, etc) and s/he Googles it…your everything-to-everyone blog is less likely to show up in the search results because the topics vary so wildly. Even if the blog DOES show up for horse training-related searches (because for the beginning of its life it was dedicated to that, plus it’s Stacy Westfall’s blog so it has TONS of incoming links, etc etc etc), someone comes to the blog and the first post they see has to do with human kids. What? Click the back button, search again….

      I say if you’ve got divided topics, divide them into separate sites/blogs.

      Plus, on a personal note, I don’t have kids so I’m not interested in reading about them. I’d be less likely to keep coming back to the blog because what I originally came here for — horse training articles — was only 15% of what was written about. Sorry to be frank!

  14. Cheryl Ostrander

    December 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Stacy my vote is for just this site. I would enjoy any topic you would choose to write about.

  15. Kristin

    December 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I believe I will be more apt to read your blogs if they continue to feed through Facebook because it is very simple for me to just click on your post when it shows in my newsfeed.
    I enjoy reading and watching all of your blogs, especially with Jac; I have a 2 1/2 yr old that I am working with and watching your clips reassures me thy I am going about training the right way. Thanks for all you do! Hope to see a little bit of everything from you! Blessings and Merry Christmas!

  16. Jo Welch

    December 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Stacy…Love your site and even though we all love horses, we eat, raise children etc. … I personally would love to read anything you’d like to share on the site you have now…..Thank you for taking the time….. Happy Holidays from Canada

  17. Linda

    December 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    As someone who is inundated with Emails daily from various sources, I would vote for a second site for non-horse topics. Your training tips and insight are valuable to me, and I like that the focus is currently on topic.

    Alternately, if you have a way for a subscriber to tailor their preferences for the blog topics they wish to receive…that might be workable.

  18. Trish Avery

    December 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    WHAT!!! Maybe different ingredients, but it makes the recipe complete. Its all mixed up in the same bowl.

  19. Debbie Little

    December 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I vote for just one site. If someone doesn’t want to read cooking, homeschooling etc they can just skip those blogs but, for the rest of us we can catch it all in one place. I think it is wonderful that you want to share other aspects of your life with us.

  20. Mrs. A

    December 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I think you should keep it all on one site :). I would enjoy reading all those posts and I bet it would be easier for you to keep up with :). Plus, including your horsey life with your non horsey life just gives you a stronger digital identity.

  21. jennifercretens

    December 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I agree with the other ladies-it’s all related as far as I’m concerned and saves time if it’s all in one place!

  22. Olivia

    December 6, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I would probably read both of them anyways so I’d say keep it together.

  23. Mary Lynne

    December 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    My vote would be for separate sites for different kinds of content. I like the “all horse” format.


    December 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Yes, the topics mesh. I’d say keep it all on one blog.

  25. ferg05

    December 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Stacy I love the idea of just one site. As Women it is hard enough to juggle the multi-tasking in our lives, and remember all that we have to remember. One site with just one place to go and see each others struggles, achievements, recipes, Home schooling, Women stuff would be so welcome for this 2x, 50yr old Mom. Thanks for being YOU!

  26. Ayley "L"

    December 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    ONE blog, please Stacy! You’re one multi talented, multifaceted person, please go for the simplicity and ease of one blog, one place to find everything Stacy be it recipes to philosophy. You can use key words for folks that want to follow a particular subject, and you may see that seemingly unrelated stories DO connect a whole. I’ve found that Jac’s blog has ideas and philosophy that have deepened my listening, which in turn has helped my effectiveness and ease in relationships with human clients and my own family and canine and feline friends. Thank you so much for sharing so much with us, your readers.

  27. Sharon Hill

    December 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I only have furry kids and was leaning for two sites but as Olivia stated, ‘I would probably read both of them anyways so I’d say keep it together. LOL

  28. Me

    December 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Same site but separate. I’ve not checked out examples but I’m sure there’s some great ones of large sites with lots of easy to find content. I REALLY look forward to the family/home side of your life as I often wonder how you maintain it all and in marriage, how to mesh who we are as individuals with who we are as a couple. Thanks for sharing with us!

  29. Mary Pierce

    December 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Stacy, I think a non-horsey blog would be great for all of us to know the “other” wonderful Stacy. Your talent with horses is renown, and I think your fans and friends would like to share life beyond the equine world. Go for it!

  30. Paula Derflinger

    December 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Stacy! Thank you for asking for my opinion! That’s what makes you so unique! Your life includes Christ, family and horses — in that order — so I would just write from one blog..

    • Ann Kernechel

      December 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Love this answer

  31. Christina

    December 6, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Same site but seperate, definately – greetings from Denmark

  32. Grace Trosino

    December 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I love reading the horse info.. It’s where I go for a break to read what I can do with my 2 horses. I’m sure you can incorporate the family life quite well. Horse people are like horses I that we need to see the purpose in something. We don’t waste alot of time. Some people get on line and tell you everything they do that day.

  33. Lisa Cook

    December 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I would definitely read both… but, since I am an organizing “freak”… If it were me, I would either find a way to have a “drop down” for my other topics or begin a new blog. Bless you ~

  34. kay jeffries

    December 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    stay on same blog and facebook

    • kay jeffries

      December 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Also this is what makes you who you are. No matter how famous or how much money…you remember where you came from and how you got here. Just like Paul Walker.

  35. Leslie Voltz Bever

    December 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    I don’t think it would be easy to totally separate. Horses are woven throughout the fabric of your life as they are mine. Mine are a hobby, but I constantly find myself using “horse” in my leadership role. So keep them together. Those who are not interested in one or the other can just skip over the topic that doesn’t interest them and you can share the whole Stacy with the rest of us. Loving the Jac series. Keep up the great work!

  36. Marike

    December 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Hi Stacey, I am here for the horsey stuff, mostly, but would love to read the rest too! All in one site, please!

  37. Karen Forehand

    December 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    One blog site will be great. Just like you we have more than just our horses in our lives and trying to make it all work.

  38. Deanne Sanderson

    December 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I’m a horsey person of faith who also has a home-based business and home-schooled 4 children until high school. I would love all the topics in one blog. Maybe each topic could be labelled so those who don’t want that topic can just skim it or not read it. These topics reflect who you are, so your blog should encompass all your talents. I’ve also trained dogs in a previous life before kids, but there are a lot of similarities. Consistency is the key. We often take what we know in one area but don’t apply it in another area that needs it. My vote is keep it all in one blog.

  39. Mimi Gillespie

    December 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I love your blogs now. I don’t know where you get the time to do all that you do. I would read anything you put on the blog. You ware your heart on your sleeve Stacy. I watch all the clips that you do with Jac’s. You are just a real person. Thanks for sharing with us.

  40. Dee

    December 6, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I think 2. That way people can belong to just the horse or both. Not thatyou couldn’t talk about everything on both sites but, 1 for more in depth on horses and one on life!

  41. GimmeADream

    December 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I’m here only for the horse topics. That is all I will be interested in in the future, but I can filter out other topics that don’t interest me. But then, you never know, perhaps you can entice me to become interested in cooking, 😉

  42. Maria

    December 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    My vote is also for keeping it all in one blog, just like life is.

  43. simone schulz

    December 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    your private comments make your horseblog personal . I think it’s nice how you talk about your faith, I am a christian and like your comments (and Jesse!) On the subject. it is a beautiful page as it is!

  44. Kyle DiCiccio

    December 6, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I like to know I only have to go to one place to visit a friend and learn from her. Knowing this friend I see a book in the near future and you will have one sold to me. Thanks for all your thoughts and feelings. God bless you and your family.

  45. rustybitz

    December 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I would love to read anything you have to share!! As a homeschooling mother and horse trainer, I admire you and what God has blessed you with. I think it would be a huge blessing to have you share more of what you are passionate about and what God puts on your heart!

  46. Carla

    December 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Stacy, I think it’s a great idea, something that God has obviously put on your heart & I think it is all woven together to make u who u are & your life what it is – so share all of it together in one place. I’m from New Zealand & I have a Facebook site Carla’s Critters where I not only share about my many ‘Critters’ & my life with our horses & our business (we have a horse lesson barn & start & train horses) but also about how I experience God working with my animals, quotes, photos, recipies….just whatever is on my heart really. People can skim over what they are not interested I but I think the majority of people will be interested in ALL of your life….stories, anecdotes whatever you feel inspired to share 🙂

  47. Dana

    December 6, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I vote for keeping the topics separate unless one has a direct correlation to the other. My kids are grown, I don’t cook much anymore, and I didn’t home school them. Those are great topics for another site but I became a reader for the horse information, and I don’t want to wade through the other topics in order to read about the horses. Please keep the topic more focused, and keep up the great work!

  48. Candice

    December 6, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    IMHO….keep it simple. One site/blog is good. I think there are a lot of us out here that may have the same interests. I know myself I would love to chat homeschooling and horses!

  49. Robert

    December 6, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I think on your blog like this you can post also things about your daily life. It’s could always be fun to read for some of us.

    A other thing you can do is horse blog writing as professional and earn also money with these professional blog posts.

    If that last option sounds interesting to you. Please do contact me and we can discuss the options.


  50. Shelley S

    December 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I agree with the comparison to Ree Drummond/Pioneer woman. She has several separate blogs, and sometimes they cross a bit. Daily life fits in… you are afterall a horseWOMAN. But as I have no kids, I’m not really interested in homeschooling. Anything to do with horses, lessons learned, even from kids, fine. ;o)
    Thanks for all the good info you give us each week!

    Shelley, Giant’s Dance Farm, NE MI

  51. Linda Henry

    December 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I would like it all on one because I’m interested in all of your life. Love the diary about Jac. Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 19:27:45 +0000 To:

  52. Stephanie Fitkin

    December 6, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    One Blog, separate files. You do not need to complicate your life more than it alread
    y is.

  53. Mini Bascue

    December 6, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I like separate…the info will still be there but sorted for easier following. I enjoy the horse updates as it brings back memories of when I rode as a kid.


  54. Mary

    December 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I love the horse stuff and just don’t have a lot of time to spend reading along with the other crazy amount of emails etc that I have to sift through. Or have a site within your site about what is happening with your other interests so people can navigate through to that information on your webpage. You could have a link at the end letting people know more about you there. Some of it is relevant, as you clearly are not deaf and unable to speak! ha ha

  55. Ivie

    December 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Stacy, its your site. Most people that have horses are spiritual, have kids ,have opinions, and from most of the comments. I have seen, Adore you.. I personally would love to see other subjects on this site. And the other comments from your bloggers. So keep this site and Facebook. Ivie 🙂

  56. johanna

    December 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    i love everything you write, but when i want horse and training stuff, i want horse and training stuff-
    i say two blogs that have easy access to each other via easy-to-see-and-do linking-
    plus, it’s perhaps a little more professional that way, if you care about that-

  57. Alice

    December 6, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I’m a Christian homeschooler who likes recipes, since dinner has to happen every night! 🙂 I would be happy to read it all in one place. Thanks for sharing your life and wisdom. “He who has a generous eye will be blessed…” Proverbs 22:9

  58. Margaret Honeycutt

    December 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Stacy: separate the two. You are recognized as a master of your horse craft and people seek you as an authority. Now that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use horse lessons to illustrate a life lesson on your other life blog: horse lessons are enlightening for the nonhorsey population

  59. Darlene

    December 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I am good with everything on one site, perhaps there is someway to mark where the horsy stuff
    ends, and the other begins….
    I would read it all anyway…

  60. Sherry

    December 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I think you should keep it all on one site. If you have two sites, than we need to go back and forth to keep up with everything. On one site, we just click on the topic we’re interested in. Thanks for all you do and the great tips you give us. God bless you and your family.

  61. Karen

    December 6, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Either would be good for me. I try to read your blog during slow times at work.

  62. Juanita

    December 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I like the one site. Too many sites to keep up with. Love yours as it is

  63. Lisa Kerr

    December 6, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I think professionally it would be better to separate the two, even though they parallel each other, they are separate in discussion topic. That way non-horsey people can benefit from your thoughts on other things, plus you will gain a whole new audience as well as keep your existing one. We will share your new blog to more people that way!

  64. Linda Campbell

    December 6, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I think that one blog is fine. Love that you are willing to share other aspects of your life (especially spiritual) with your readers. God bless!

  65. Cathy Baldwin

    December 6, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I would say, everything on one site with a big BUT (not butt). And that is, have the two sections clearly marked for easy access. As some have said, it’s great to look forward to a ‘Jac’ episode and set aside special time for that, but you don’t always have time for it all. Even though I’d love to read about other things in life, i.e. motherhood, home schooling, etc. the horse section would come first and then followed by “your life your work” section, when time permits.

  66. Denise Clardy

    December 6, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Would love to see second blog of Stacy and life. Lets us know more of you.

  67. Wendy Russ

    December 6, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Life, work, kids, horses, family, spiritual growth, hamsters & food….how do you separate who you are? I think it’s part of what makes you excel in all that you do and share with us! I wouldn’t want to miss a thing! With all that you do, I would hate to see you spread yourself so thin that any of it would become a bourdon.

  68. Bridget Goldsmith

    December 6, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I would prefer two sites. I really am interested in the horsey stuff and am focused on being the best horsewoman I can be with your help.

  69. Mary Loring

    December 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    My opinion would be your choice. Looking at horse stuff and then looking at other stuff, It kinda helps the reader learn a little bit more about you. I agree with Wendy Russ.

  70. Bobbie Kiser

    December 6, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I feel two sites would be best. That way we could go to either site we choose. I am mainly interested in horse related topics. Thanks for asking our opinion.Bobbie

  71. Patricia A. Woodruff

    December 6, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    wow, you are already getting several answers…my first choice would to keep it the “sweet blend” you already have as you gently blend in work, life, your boys and horses ..after all…everything in life ties together no matter how much we try to divide them….then my second choice would be to have a separate blog….but I am feeling more with my first choice…..I love you no matter what you do.
    I teach in pre school and we were taught from the textbooks that the growth and development of children are separate, but after working with young children for 30 years…everything FLOWS together and it also overlaps!!! (by the way, we are still waiting for the BOOK & MOVIE about your life, not that you don’t have anything to do…hahahhah!!! ) LOVE YOU!! oxoxo

  72. Pam Cinelli

    December 6, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    One site would be easier for me. Just sayin’…

  73. Lynne

    December 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I vote separate!

  74. Martina Braden

    December 6, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    I truly enjoy what you are doing and I would love to hear your thoughts on other topics. You have a wonderful gift of being able to inspire many people in this world whether it is horse related or in their personal lives. Your comments and stories constantly make me think and reflect and I enjoy learning from you, both in my personal life and horse life. In my opinion one blog is the best. I am very happy when I check my email and there is a new post from you. I do not know how you keep track of everything let alone have the energy–church, training, kids, husband, blogging, clinics, but I appreciate your dedication. There are not many people in this world that have such a positive impact on people and all I can say is keep it coming. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and stories.

  75. Cyn

    December 7, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I manage to filter blogger topics. I’m here for the horse stuff, probably won’t even look at the rest. But several bloggers do that separately. Are you familiar with ? She does a nice job of categorizing topics so I don’t feel overwhelmed with posts.

  76. vicki may

    December 7, 2013 at 4:56 am

    I like the idea of having links on same site. I also homeschool, work and try to find time with my horses, I am always interested in ideas about time management and how others do it.

  77. gwen

    December 7, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Everything on one site. It’s nice to see how you are able to juggle all the demands on your time and to show us your secrets.

  78. Catherine

    December 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Simply, the journey we take with our horses directly impacts how we interact in our lives. I don’t think those important lessons can be separated out. You are a teacher, simply put. Thank you for sharing.

  79. Cynthia Dorr

    December 7, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I think it is awesome you are home schooling your children. You and your husband have great wisdom to share. It would be nice if it could link to the horse site somehow. Just have links posted to go there when an interesting subject comes up that I would like to read.

  80. Jody brittain

    December 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

    NO NO NO NO DO NOT start another blog. I get lost in blogs! Post every thing her and just use the tags for categories. I follow one blog DIY and it began as all the DIY projects. Then she bought a ranch and now blogs about everything now. Donkeys, farm projects and ect. I love all the different topics now on her blog. Keep everything here.

  81. pbnovak

    December 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I would perfer two sites because I am only interested in horse training, etc. comments. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge!! Tricia


    December 7, 2013 at 11:33 am

    keep it just one darling

    Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2013 19:27:18 +0000 To:

  83. Teri Warming

    December 7, 2013 at 11:53 am


  84. Gloria Hager

    December 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    As have said. I would love to get to know the woman inside of the horse trainer.

  85. Phione

    December 8, 2013 at 12:38 am

    hi stacy..well I watched most of your evaliation with jac and I saw one of my horse doing lots of the things he did..well you helped me alot and sometimes family,school and whatever you do in your life comes part of your horseriding career so I would say there’s alot of people on your horseblog who would love to hear about what you do to balance everything and how you cope so I would say keep one blog but the decision is what you think is right.. I want to ask advice on one of my horse…well he was abused with a whip in a carraige and had laminities in his two front hoves and he also had saddlesores..he doesn’t know how to lunge and if I try to lunge him with a lunge whip he either throws his backside to me or he kicks out or pulls his ears back and lunges at me or try to bite me and sometimes he gets a wild look in his eyes and it scarce me sometimes because I don’t want to hurt him at all..we got him from the SPCA and his laminities is cured and his been castrated I think 5 years ago but you can still see some stalliom like in him…one of my friends rode him with her body and he did great but as soon as my dad gets on he starts to buck before he goes into a canter but he started doing it less the more we rode him but his been standing for alomst 3 months now and we can’t ride him because we think he has mange and it’s on his back we’re you would bit the saddle..he first rubbed himself against anything but now after two injections of dektomax he started biting himself and it’s al over his body..his hair he pulls out and the skin is raw like when something bites you it itch and you start rubbing it and sometimes it bleed it’s like that it’s probely going on for a month now and I don’t know what to do and it’s terrible to see him like that..his a friesian cross vlaam…hope you get your answer!good day Phione

    • Stacy

      December 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Phione-It sounds like you are working with a vet already (injections and all) so I would continue that. Until he gets his skin issue cleared up he will likely be irritated. Having said this he still shouldn’t threaten you. I would suggest finding someone who you trust that could do a one-on-one evaluation. The general idea with a horse like you are describing is that you need to take even smaller steps. Maybe a horse like Jac takes 10 steps to teach to lunge and a horse like yours take 30-40 steps. The idea is you need to slow things down, break things into smaller pieces. Consider continuing to watch the Jac videos and go back and rewatch some, looking for ways you could add more steps than I showed.
      I hope the vet gets him figured out soon. It sounds like an aggressive form of rain rot, yuck!

  86. Vicki Mudra

    December 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I’m only here for horse-related infor, thanks for asking

    From: Stacy Westfall Horseblog Reply-To: Stacy Westfall Horseblog Date: Friday, December 6, 2013 2:27 PM To: “” Subject: [New post] Help! Should I start a second blog site? Please leave a commentI need your brain power! Stacy posted: “Help! Should I start a second blog site? Or just add more content to this blog and Facebook? I have the urge to blog and discuss topics that are NOT horses…for example marriage, kids, homeschooling….the stuff that happens in my life that is more in”

  87. Carolyne

    December 8, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I would like it if you had them set up as separest Blogs each with ONE easy link. This would facilitate switching from one Blog to the other. This would also allow people to choose what they wish to look at and get ‘notices’ about, and alow that you are a full person for you there are no distinctions between: family, horses, baking, and everything else.

  88. Rita

    December 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    If the content was categorized, I could pick and choose. I get lost with too many different places to look.

  89. Maria

    December 9, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Is there a way to keep the same blog site but to separate the subjects? If not, perhaps a separate blog site on your website would be suitable. That way students could choose whether or not to subscribe to “life”…lol. Truth of the matter is that all life blogs will be relevant to our horsemanship. Horsemanship is life……….

  90. Missie

    December 9, 2013 at 8:54 am

    One please!

    Horse folks have lives that don’t directly correlate to horses. My husband frequently likes to remind me there are ‘multi interest’ people out there.

  91. Erin

    December 9, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I think that you should keep it all on this blog that way you are not getting confused.

  92. Lisa-Marie Karvonen

    December 12, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    You have such a specific niche here on this site so for the sake of your readers here and also for Google you would do better to start a separate blog where you discuss your life and keep the horse things here. On my personal blog I use wp-syndicate to create a link to my main site from my blog. That makes sure that everything I post is kept in one central place but still gives me the benefits from Google 🙂

    • Stacy

      December 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Great idea-if I use wp-syndicate does that just link the two blogs…but I have two back panels, etc? How is that different that what ‘Pioneer Woman’ does?..can you post your blog links so I can see?

      • Lisa-Marie Karvonen

        December 14, 2013 at 3:32 am

        You can set it up in a few ways, either to make it add the post as an actual post or just basically link it back to the main site. I use the link since it means more traffic back to my company blog. My personal blog is and company site (hopefully the spam stopper doesn’t put this in spam) you can see how I have the plugin setup on my own blog to link back and it does it all automatically which is nifty.

  93. Joyce Robinson

    December 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I’ll read it either way, but I do like the idea of it being two different blogs.

  94. Patricia A. Woodruff

    December 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I think that ONE is going to win, I think it’s easier that way and you can use examples of human qualities/personalities and compare them to horses, don’t stress yourself on it…you have enough to do.


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