Stacy’s Video Diary: Jac-Episode 16-Teaching a horse to standing still for mounting

25 Dec

Total training time 14 hours 30 minutes

In this video I review;

Bending to stand still:

Jac is learning to bend with the bridle on with the snaffle bit. Bending to stand still is important to keep both of us safe. Jac needs to get these answers correct 100% of the time. This is an exercise that also teaches a horse to stand still when a rider is mounting. Stacy Westfall teaching horse to bend to stand still.

Sacking out using the saddle:

Sacking out using the saddle stirrup is a great way to cause an emotional reaction to sudden movements where the saddle or rider would be. I do it in a way that I can control and repeat until Jac is quiet. I am also getting Jac accustomed to the ropes that I will use as ground driving reins in Episode 17.

Stacy Westfall sacking Jac out using the saddle stirrup

Shifting gears:

Jac demonstrates at 5:38 that the ‘training cycles’ described in Episode 13 are having an effect on his mind. Jac shows that he has learned that when he mentally ‘shifts gears’ is when I reward him…so he begins to ‘act quiet’ when he wants to get done.

Bend to stand still and put foot in the stirrup:

For both of us to stay safe Jac needs to figure out how to balance while I step up in the saddle. Jac also needs to be willing to stand with his head bent while I step up and down.

The funniest part of the video is when Jac is following me up-down-up-down-up-down as I begin to mount…silly boy!


Posted by on December 25, 2013 in Stacy's Video Diary: Jac, Training, Video


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8 responses to “Stacy’s Video Diary: Jac-Episode 16-Teaching a horse to standing still for mounting

  1. Janette

    December 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Another awesome episode, thanks.
    I hope your Christmas is a merry one.

  2. Carolyn Bergen

    December 25, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    These are wonderfully helpful to me. Is there any way to get the first 15 videos emailed to me the same way? I d really appreciate it. I just got signed up with you so I missed them.

    Carolyn Bergen

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Lori Nicholson

    December 26, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I’m enjoying this series so much! I look forward to every Wed. when I can watch the next episode. Great work & VERY informative


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