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Stacy’s Video Diary Jac-Episode 32-Using horse shows and trail rides as training.

16 Apr

The goal for Jac’s first horse show wasn’t to win a prize, the goal was to use the whole experience as a learning and training session.

The atmosphere is a lot of the training; many horses around, warm up pen, bathing, riding, preparing, walking into the pen alone, odd hours, etc.

Gathering information is key to predicting how a horse will handle future experiences. By making the first several trips to shows very low pressure the horse is more likely to have a positive experience.

Jac’s first class was a green horse class and the goal was to do the maneuvers correct with little or no degree of difficulty. Unfortunately, Jac broke gait (went from a lope to a trot) when slowing down from the large fast circle to the small slow circle. In the video I explain, “I’m going to blame that on me…I wasn’t helping him or guarding him…I was using the class to gather information. Had this been a show I was concerned about I would have helped him. Instead I learned Jac was very relaxed.”

The learning that takes place at a show is not only the horse. The rider also learns how to better prepare and show the horse.

I answer a question about my goals when taking a horse to a show or a trail ride for the first time; what types of things do you do to ensure a good experience for the horse.

I explain that many people ride their horses harder at a show or when they haul them somewhere than they do at home. When this happens the horse learns to expect hard work when they are hauled.

I ride my horses harder at home than I do at the shows so that the horse learns that traveling doesn’t require more work.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Stacy's Video Diary: Jac, Training, Video

 

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9 responses to “Stacy’s Video Diary Jac-Episode 32-Using horse shows and trail rides as training.

  1. Lesia Lowe

    April 16, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Loved it………man he is smooth…….. but you really seemed very “serious” in this video……. hmmmmmm game face maybe??

     
    • Stacy

      April 16, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Pure exhaustion! Horses aren’t the only ones who get more serious from the late nights and early mornings…lol. Plus been fighting a cold or something…lost my voice on Monday after Equine Affaire:)

       
      • Lesia Lowe

        April 16, 2014 at 5:14 pm

        ohhhh ok….. hope you feel better soon….. maybe it was the weather change from Texas back to Ohio…. now you will have to deal with all the pollen!!!! ugh!!

         
  2. Terri Anderson

    April 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Very nice! He was so nice and laid back:) This is such an important step…I do have a question….my gelding is pretty wired at a show. He requires a lot of loping to get the edge off in order to listen to me well.. ….I am still in the rookie and green classes, so I don’t ask a lot of him in the ring, but I do end up loping him down more than I do at home. Any advice on a more “nervous “horse? He is improving as we go along, my trainer says I need to remember to “be the pilot” to get him through any spooks…..

     
  3. Janette

    April 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Another great video, thanks Stacy. The gate latch is very impressive also, I will be copying that one.

     
  4. Luke Gingerich

    April 16, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Wonderful video Stacy, Jac is so amazing! Wish my gelding would have been that good at his first show…lol I see Jac is doing flying lead changes already, did you not have any videos of him learning that? I would LOVE to see him in the process of learning it, as I would like to get to that level at some point with my four year old gelding I’m training myself, but I’m a little unsure of how to get there…:/

     
  5. Mary

    April 17, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Looks like both Westfalls are off to a good start with their “Legacies”. Way to go Stacy and Jac and Jesse and Lucy!!

     
  6. Martina Braden

    April 17, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Could you explain how you taught him to do flying lead changes and I always hear that in order to have a good stop you should do fencing with your horse. Did you do that with Jac to get that good stop?

     

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