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228 responses to “Contact Us

  1. Lynn Timmer

    September 27, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    My name is Lynn Timmer and I live in Eastman, Ga. I have been riding since I was six.. I , also, rode bare back. Through the course of years, I was unable to ride.for different reason. That is something I always missed. My horses were my best friends.
    I lost my husband and best friend, 2 1/2 years ago. I am now finding my self again and riding. I am having to ride friends horses at this present time. God willing, I will have my own.
    I have watched your viedo more than a dozen times, can not get enough. How long did train your horse to ride with no rains??? You both were just oustanding.
    This is one of my dreams, one day. No one can take your dreams , away. My oldest son is downsyndrome ( 43 ) and he loves to ride, also. I pray that one day to meet you and your family or just have communication.
    God, just may send someone in my life, that will love horses as much as I do..
    With all my blessings to you and your family.
    Lynn Timmer

    • Stacy

      September 27, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      You are correct that dreams keep you going and no one (except yourself) can rob you of them. It might sound self serving but the best way to see how I trained the bridleless stuff is in the Bridleless Riding: How Does She Do That? Dvd It is Waaayyyy to hard to describe without a horse. Keep dreaming!

      • cameron ross

        October 14, 2013 at 5:25 pm

        what is your email adress Stacy????????

      • Stacy

        October 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm

        Go to and use the ‘contact’ page:)

      • savannah

        July 4, 2014 at 12:00 am

        Hi my name Savannah I have been watching you on youtube and your videos truly brought me to tears, you are an amazing rider. I would love have your email to ask you a few questions about some tips that I could use while riding my 14 year old gelding and training my 1 year old mare. Please feel free to contact me my email is thank you.

      • Stacy

        July 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm

        Savannah-I try had to answer most questions right here on the blog. Have you watched all of the Stacy’s Video Diary: Jac episodes yet? Here is a link to the series on Youtube

    • Christina

      January 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Hi I am 16 years old and have been riding since I was a little girl. I stumbled upon your video on Youtube for your Champion Run in 2006. Wow. You are an amazing rider. You inspire me to go far with my dream of barrel racing. Also I have trained every horse I have ever ridden and I never just jump on a horse and go unless it’s my own. I have had some bad accidents that put me in the hospital but my mom always taught me to get up shake it off and cowgirl up! So that’s exactly what I do. I know it must be pretty hard for you to get back to everything everybody posts, you are a very busy woman. And I just hope that maybe not right away but sometime soon you’ll get back to me. Thanks!
      -Christina Taylor,MI-

      • Stacy

        January 21, 2012 at 9:50 am

        Sounds like your mom is pretty great. Keep up the good work.

  2. Amanda Accordino

    September 27, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Hey Stacy, I’ve been a fan since I first saw your “live like you were dying” routine on youtube… which was a long time ago… and since then, I’ve came to many of your clinics at the Columbus Equine Affaire, and watched many of your videos. I’ve come SUCH a long way with a horse I’ve been working with (I’ve only been riding for a handful of years) but this horse and i just clicked. (I posted a couple videos of us working on riding bridleless on your facebook)

    Anyway, I was wondering-for a competition, how do you practice your reining patterns? I can’t practice a full pattern or my horse will anticipate. i.e: if I do a reining pattern even once, she anticipates a flying lead change almost every time we reach the point she did it the first time. If we’re practicing horsemanship or eng. eq, and we set up cones, she knows what’s to come and often gets excited or doesn’t have her full attention on me. So what we usually do is practice patterns in pieces. I NEVER do the same horsemanship or eng. eq pattern more than once, and if I feel that there’s something I need to work on, I’ll do it away from the cones, keeping her mind OFF what she thinks she knows. Sometimes we’ll walk to the cone, stand until she relaxes, then walk away. Or sometimes we’ll walk and stop at each cone. If I need to practice flying lead changes, I’ll do it ANYWHERE but NOT where it will be during a competition. This does help a lot to keep her focused on me, but I was wondering if you have any other suggestions since uhhh you’re AWESOME! and every horse I’ve seen you ride never appears to be anticipating anything but what you want. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration!

  3. susan talmage

    October 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Your Blog is a wonderful treat. thanks Susan Talmage

  4. Sage Crandall

    October 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    As a lifetime equine and reining enthusiast, I just wanted to say that you truly inspire me and I love watching you ride and compete. Thank you!
    Sage Crandall

  5. Will Therrien

    October 10, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Dear Stacy,

    I Love your videos, it shows that every horse certainly does have a personality of its own.

    Stacy, just a note that the inspirational video that I made over two years ago which includes your Championship Ride, not only is still #1 all time most viewed on One True Media where I made it, by more then 25,000 views. But that video inspired me to start a social networking group discussion forum, which led to starting a non-profit organization that has now lead to The Cowgirls Git-R-Dun World Record Ride around America, on Iron Horses. 35 states, 35 days 9,637 miles with one goal in mind, to raise a million dollar for each of three causes, breast cancer patients, victims of domestic violence and our homeless veterans.

    We are just finishing our 1st Annual ride, and have HUGE plans for our 2nd Annual. In fact it would be a privilege to us, and a fitting tribute to you, if you would consider making an appearance at one of our check points in Ohio when we come through next year. After all you were the inspiration that planted the seed that will now touch and change countless lives.

    Git-R-Dun Cowgirl,
    Will Therrien

    Here is the One True Media version of that has been 1# there for over a year and a half now.

    Here is an older You Tube version.

  6. DeeDee Blackburn

    October 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Could you send me an email of how to pick up leads?

    • Stacy

      October 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

      I won’t be answering individual questions through email but I will try to make a video to post explaining questions asked here.

  7. patricia woodruff

    October 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Stacy My name is Pat and I am the lady who wants you to make a full lenght movie of yourself and how you started out with your love of horses and what your mom taught you about horses. Please look into it and contact Disney Productions to see what they can do and also ELLEN, I KNOW she would LOVE to see it, after all, she paid for you and your family to be on her show with Roxy, so let’s get on with the show!!!

  8. Stefanie

    October 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Ok so after seeing your video in which you were riding bridleless and bareback, it got me to thinking. I’ve never ever been on a horse and up until this past summer, I’ve never even been close enough to touch a horse (let alone see them in great detail). I’m from PA and just wondering if you could recommend what someone who has never been near horses can do to gain an experience that I want to try but am slightly fearful… (The idea of being tossed makes my stomach toss..) I work non-stop and have school (college) as well. I’ve heard that riding a motorcycle releases stress, having animals (3 dogs), and horseback riding. I’ve done none of the above, just have dogs. As much as I want to control a motorcycle stupid drivers on the road make me think it’s not such a great idea. But evaluating it all, I really just want to get on a horse and go… Sounds kinda lame but hey.. oh well. I just have no idea where to start…

    • Stacy

      October 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      Not lame. I don’t happen to know anyone to recommend to you. Usually there will be a paper in your area like,, where you can find out about local events. Find places where you can go and learn from watching and getting closer slowly. Maybe a friend that has horse? Take your time & enjoy.

  9. Maria

    October 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I haven’t looked into the rules but i have recently got a QH fro free from a girl that couldn’t show her in english because her gait looks like a limp. she has a scar tissue issue that makes her like that we found out. my question is, can i still show her in westurn?? this horse has such a fighters heart and she wants to compete.

    • Stacy

      October 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      You will have to talk with a vet and the show. Sometimes a horse can have a ‘mechanical’ lameness (the stride is altered although the horse is not in pain) and you may be able to get special permission…but it is usually difficult to show. Hard for a judge to place a horse in a class where they are judged on movement (western pleasure) if they move in an altered way. Some other classes could be more forgiving.

  10. Arielle

    October 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I have to do an essay for school and i chose you. Where can i find more information about you and what you do than what is on the meet us page?

  11. Angelique Aia Hill

    October 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Hey! my name is Angelique and i live in Sweden, i saw you’re ” live like you were dying” routine and i was just stunned!
    I guess you’ve heard it before but, you are amazing and you are everything i want to grow up to be.
    I’m only 15, and when i was eleven my father gave me our three year old stallion, i had to do everything with him my self, if i wanted mum and dad could have helped me, but stubborned as i am i wanted to do it my self.
    Now he’s seven and, i love him so much he’s really good and we are training to do a freestyle reining this summer. I think i will be riding with a rein or a rope around his neck, like you had when you where riding in the wedding gown, and it will be in honor of you,
    because you make the world a better place for horses, and that means the world to me.

  12. marion brown

    October 23, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Hi Stacy , I left 2 comments on the blog about your son . check em out . TB172@LIVE.COM TEXT OR TESTIMONIIES TO 931-982-9977 MINISTER MARION BROWN .. COLUMBIA , Tn

  13. Sandra Rodewald

    October 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Stacy! My name is Sandra and I’m 16 years old and live in Sweden. I just want to say that you’re really my big inspiration! You’re absolutely amazing, but of course it’s hard work behind it. And I hope I can be as good as you one day, but me and my horse has a long way to go until then. But we’re trying as good as we can. You has inspired me into a better thinking about horses!

  14. Yrsa Iris (@YrsaIris)

    November 1, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Hey Stacy, I’m Yrsa Iris and I’m a 16 year old girl from the Netherlands, I was wondering, how did you start riding without a bridle and saddle? And do you think that you can ride any horse without a saddle and bridle?
    I used to ride my horse without a saddle but since he’s too old for that now, I stopped doing that.

    I really admire your work and everytime I see videos of your shows I get tears in my eyes!
    Thank you for letting other people know you can ride a horse without all the fuss like martingales or violence.

    • Stacy

      November 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

      Yes and no. You can mount any horse without a saddle and bridle but NOT all will be safe! It takes well trained ones, and ones that want to participate, to really be reliable bareback and bridleless.

  15. Jagoda

    November 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Stacy! I’m 16 years old girl from Poland. I really like you and you are my inspiration. I have one question to you.. I have arabian horse and he will be 6 in next year. And we must start riding for one hand.. You have any idea how teach my horse that? And.. if we’ll someday ask you for coming to Poland for something like Riding workshops could you do this?

  16. Erica

    November 18, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Hey Stacy, I was wondering, what is your opinion on blanketing. I live in southeastern Ohio,close to the Ohio-West Virginia border. I don’t clip my horses&they are turned out on pasture all year round,they have a barn to run into out of the wind&rain&snow. Some friends them me I should blanket them,but I’ve heard that sometimes blanketing can do more harm than good&can actually make them colder? I just wondered how you feel about blanketing?
    – Erica

  17. Jody Tribe

    November 28, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Stacy
    I recently watched your show in Sydney, Australia and was in awe of what you do. My husband and I breed Quarter Horses and own a trailer building business in Queensland. I have been around horses all my life and we have never seen anything quite so amazing as you. I have been watching your you tube videos and I just can’t believe what I am seeing. You are truley inspirational and I just can’t wait to get your videos and change some of our training techniques. Everything is making so much sense and I can’t believe we have been doing it so tough all these years. I hope you had a great stay in Australia, we would love to see you out here again sometime.

  18. Shanly Bryant

    December 4, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Stacy,
    I’m 11 years old, and a new rider at western and want to start doing reining. Do you have any suggestions that I can read or watch? Also, what is a run down? I love the way you work with your horses and the way you ride. It’s fun to get on your blog. I really like your tips for weanlings. We’ve got some babies at the farm were I ride and they are sooooooo different. Two of them are just the snuggliest little things while the other two are the exact opposite. But I just wanted to ask your opinion and tell you that I like you a lot.
    In Christ,

  19. Dawn White

    January 11, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Hey Stacy this is Dawn Gias owner you trained her back before I made you famous LOL if you remember that joke. We are putting together a benefit horse show in honor of my good friends two kids that were killed in a car accident on December 17. You might have heard of it ashlei and Nick the brother and sister killed on 13. Ash loved reading your blogs and horses where her life she showed sense she was a toddler and learned to train her horse critter reining and much more from your blogs she was only 24. Nick has just getting into horses and had just got a new horse that he was contesting in 4h.he was such a great kid we were at a 4h camp out and I was taking Kayleys saddle to her stall there where grown men everywhere but Nick ran up to me and said let me help you with that. He was only 16. I was wondering if there would be away you could donate some of your valuable time to do a meet and greet or maybe a freestyle show to help bring people in for the show. I know its a lot to ask and you’re a very busy women. I just thought of you because Ash would have loved it and Carrie her mom loved watching you ride she posted your YouTube videos all the time.

    • Dawn White

      January 11, 2012 at 7:36 am

      Sorry I hit the wrong button any way if you could contact me David Byler has my phone # thank you so much Dawn

  20. Erica

    January 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Stacy, I have a 9-10 year old gelding,not sure on what breed(think Tenn Walker cross). We don’t really know his history. He was given to us. We were told he was broke for trail riding and was good with other horses. Well when we brought him home&put him with our 5 year old aqha gelding(who was gelded 2-3 months before), he decided he was going to be herd boss&proceeded to chase our gelding around the field trying to bite&kick him. Once he got it established that he was going to be superior, the kicking&biting stopped. I saddled him up and rode him out through the pasture,he did great. But if you try to work with him on a daily basis or every few days, he does not respect you. If I wait a week and then work with him,he does fine. I know that horses have a pecking order but its gotten so bad I have to seperate my 3 to feed because if I don’t the problemed gelding will bite&kick the other 2 until they leave him. He also is protective of his feed,so much so that he bit my husband while he was feeding him. My husband had been around him beforehand & fed him before so it wasn’t that he had not been around&he had never acted up around him before. It was like all of a sudden. They have been pastured together for more than a year so I know its not him still trying prove himself. What would you suggest I do to earn his trust&respect?

  21. Deborah Casteel

    January 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Hi Stacy, I bought a horse that has a rearing problem. I had his teeth floated, cleaned his sheath, had the chiropractor out, so now i know it is a behavioral problem. Any suggestions on how to correct this.

  22. Margaret

    January 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Stacy,

    Can the exercises in your groundwork DVD be executed without a round-pen? I have access to a small, square indoor and my horse lunges (if that helps). Thanks so much!


    • Stacy

      February 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Yep, the groundwork DVD is all done on a long line, not in a round pen.

  23. Mary Doornbos

    January 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Hello Stacy,

    I have a 2 year old AQHA filly. Right now I’m just desensitizing her with everything. I plan on going to Congress with her when she is older. I’ve lunged her with the saddle on and she has done some rodeo bucks and rears! Shes a little nut! Anyways what is your rule on riding young horses? What age do you start riding your horses?


  24. Sydney Hale

    February 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Hi, I recently got a 4 year old Tennessee walker rescue horse filly,She’s my first horse, and I realize it was stupid to get a young horse as a first horse, but she needed a good home, she was skin and bones when I got her, but she’s fattening up.

    I rode her at her old home, and she did perfect.

    I tried to ride her where I board her yesterday, and a few days ago and she went crazy.

    I let her in the arena so she could run, and she ran.
    She was used to being in a pasture the whole time.
    Does she just have a lot of energy from being in her stall a lot?

    I’ve also tried lunging her, but she hasn’t been trained to lunge.

    Or does she need better training?

  25. Teena Rossiter

    February 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Stacy,

    Have you ever met a horse with major insecurity problems? I have a beautiful AQHA mare, but she occasionally has what I can only explain as anxiety attacks. She does not like being alone in the field and she also doesn’t like to leave her field. The last time I took her out she started biting, panting, showing the whites of her eyes and trying to rear up. The second she was put back in the field she returned to her normal sweet self. I’ve never felt so out of control with a horse before and I feared that she was going to really hurt me. What can I do about this problem??

    Thank you,

    Teena Rossiter

  26. Nancy davis

    February 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Stacy: I just learned of your loss of Roxy through following the Gillwood video channel on and their foaling cams. I am very saddened at this, and hope you will feel better soon. I can hardly imagine…Nancy Davis

  27. Freida Weldon Burdette

    February 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Stacy, I’m so very sorry for your loss ! My heart goes out to you and everyone in Roxys’ family! I am very blessed to have seen you & Roxy preform severa times. Please know that you, your family and Roxys’ owner are in my prayers——-I do know what ya’ll are going through—–I’ve lost several of my horses (one was my very best friend & the only male I could count on for many, many years). If I can do anything please let me know or . I do hope to see you again—was hoping you would be at the RTTH this year—–I keep asking Tootie to get you back !! I’m so glad that I have my Breyer Roxy and your autograph (my picture also)!! You’re awesome and please keep up the great work you for us girls!!!

    God bless you,

  28. Pam Brandon

    February 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I am so so sad, Stacy you were an inspiration to us all. I am heartbroken for all who loved her may God comfort all of you. I got to met you several years ago at the Mane Event, you were so gracious, thank all of you for giving us that inner strength needed and the vision for our own beloved horses.

  29. Deb

    February 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I am truly sorry for your loss. I do know how blessed you were to be fortunate to share time with such a wonderful animal. Deb

  30. Ron Jones

    February 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Several years ago I requested an air quality DVD of your bareback ride on “Wizzards Baby Doll” to air on my program, Sportsman’s Lodge on WMBB ABC in Panama City Florida. Thanks so for the DVD, and for allowing me to share this touching video with my viewers. We have aired the video several time at the request of our viewers and have been inundated with calls and emails each time it has aired. A good friend of mine and an avid viewer, Sandra Young of “Iroquois Ranch” in Vernon Florida sent me the article about “Roxy”.
    I am so sad to hear about this. I will be airing the video on an upcoming program to let the viewers know “Our Sweet Baby” has passed.
    Again, Thanks for being the wonderful person you are.
    Ron Jones
    Sportsman’s Lodge
    Panama City Florida

    • Stacy

      February 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Ron, Thanks for sharing Roxy with the world, this way even in passing she will still be touching lives. Stacy

  31. Olivia

    February 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm


    I was so saddened to hear about the mis fortunate death of Roxy.
    I wanted to let you know how she not only touched my life, but many others.
    I volunteer my time between work at our local R.D.A. I work with mentally disabled and also physically disabled people. One day my husband came across your video of you and Roxy doing bareback and bridleless on youtube. He came to work one day during lesson time. Being a policeman I think they were all a bit in awe of him 🙂 He loves hanging out with the kids, and as an icebreaker decided to show them this particular video. They all loved it so much! It was so amazing to see their reactions. Ever since that day I have been pestered to ‘please miss, watch that video of the horse and lady” It was so sweet to see that these people, often shunned because of their disabilities, took such delight in seemingly such a simplistic thing.
    Every week now, at the end of riding, they all troop inside and sit down for another video of “that lady and her horse” We have followed your journey through youtube for more than a month now. When I told them about Roxy, it was heartbreaking. One or two of them even burst into tears.
    There is a young woman who comes faithfully every week. Her name is Natasha. When she was a young girl she used to ride often, and owned her own ponies, until a car accident left her paralysed. She came up with this memoriam for Roxy. I know it might not seem like much to you, and it may not seem very good but you have to understand that Natasha was always very distant and un-communicative, but over our journey of following you and Roxy she has opened up more and more to people. She put her very heart and soul into this piece of work. Please excuse the spelling. I decided to leave it as is.
    With this I will conclude,

    Roxy, A true hero.
    Unbeknown to many,
    but a treasure to some,
    she held her head proud,
    and showed for the crowd.

    Unbeknown to many,
    but a treasure to some,
    she was my true star,
    I had but one.

    Roxy, our hero,
    you showed us the way,
    and lit up our hearts,
    Rest in peace, our superstar.
    Natasha Black

    • Stacy

      February 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Thank you again…this means even more know knowing the whole story. Thank Natasha for me personally. Stacy

  32. linda

    March 2, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Stacy, You are a Godsend! I do hope He is sending you to Road to the Horse again this year…..I loved your performance in the beautiful black caped dress in 2011.

    • Stacy

      March 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

      I will be there…but with out a horse. Think he can still use me without a horse? lol

  33. linda

    March 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    You make me smile, as I think you make God smile, and yes, He can use you whoever-whatever you are without! lol See ya!

  34. Tina Jaskiewicz

    March 2, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I just heard about the untimely death of Roxy today………..she touched my heart during the tribute to Stacy’s dad………..I lost my horse last August……….he was a 20 year old black mustang I adopted at 6 months old. He looked like a small Friesen………….I was able to ride him bridleless and no saddle and we wern’t as good as Stacy and Roxy but we had that same trust and bond. I have had a hard time dealing with loosing my precious Toby and today I know he is with Roxy and they have crossed the rainbow bridge. I run a retirement ranch in CA and loosing an ole one is hard……………loosing a young one that got cast during the night leaves guilt in your heart………..I know the pain I am still feeling 7 months later……..I can only imagine your hurt and for the lil colt she was caring……….but the thought of Toby and Roxy and the baby together in heaven lifted the pain in my heart tonight. For some reason God chose to take these horses from us at an early age…………..maybe someday I will understand………..I have lost my will to ride and own another horse…………..nothing will ever replace Toby ! My other horse is 33……….he is the horse with 9 lives………….he has used 7 so far……….I am mentally ready to loose him…………..but God chose Toby and that is what confuses me.

    Thank you Stacy for all your training tips………..I raise Richard Spooner babies here and thanks to Roxy I found you and teach the Spooner babies what you teach me.

    Our horses will forever be in our heart…………..they were both the once in a life time horse………..but left us tooooooooo soon !

    Tina Jaskiewicz
    Foxtail Ranch
    Frazier Park, CA

  35. Freida Weldon Burdette

    March 3, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Hi Stacy,
    AWESOME to hear that you’ll be at the RTTH this year! Yes, GOD has a plan for you to be there. Love talking with you everytime I see you!! I keepasking Tottie to get you back to RTTH—-hope it works out so you can!! See you in a few days!

    God Bless You,

  36. Freida Weldon Burdette

    March 3, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Sorry for my miss-spelling!! I’m an old blonde!! Tootie!!

  37. Cheryl, MI

    March 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you for being such an inspiration! I have your dvd of teaching your horse to bow. I have a bad leg and this would be soooo helpful. Things started out with a bang – she caught right on but am currently stuck at how to get her to stay down. Any tips???

  38. Dana

    March 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Stacy ,
    You have inspired me so much ! I am 13 and I live on a farm that my neghiebors own and I ride a very old horse who is 30 (cody bar doc) . I also ride with Yale university , who is at the barn and I love it. A few days ago I took a big steep from a normal pleasant canter to a gallop ! I loved every second of it ! And with the videos I have seen of you , well… Makes me want to push my self even more ! Instead of trotting and cantering in a saddle, so I now I have chosen to trot bareback till I get good enough and feel confident to canter bare back ! Thank you so much Stacy you are absolutely an amazing rider/person !!!


  39. Dana

    April 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Stacy ,
    I am riding a 30 yr. old horse. And he has a tooth that is bothering him and i am trying to explain to the owner that it is bother him a lot . But she has had him for a VERY long time so she is very afraid if anything were happen (so its holding the horse back). And the vet said that he would have to put him out and a bunch of other things. but, I think that it would be worth it to have it taken out. Even when I ride him he will pull on the bitt (i ride with VERY light hands). But he keeps pulling on the bit and he constantly throws his head when I try to put the bit in his mouth. I try to ride him with a halter or hackamore . But the owner absuloty hates when I ride in that.

    Any advise???? Anything would help

    Thank you so much

  40. Emma H

    April 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Dear Stacy,
    I love your work! You are so great! I met you at horsefest 2012 and you signed my boots. I just wanted to say that you and Popcorn are really quite the match! I watched your whoa demonstration thing and I was thing, I really wish my horse would do that. I also want to learn to ride at least bridleless. You are so luck to have such good horses. You are amazing Stacy! I also wanted to say that I’m sorry for your loss of Roxy she was such an amazing mare. Keep it up!
    Please right back! Emma

    • Stacy

      April 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Emma, Thanks, Horsefest was great…Popcorn is always funny! Don’t wash your boots,lol

  41. kenadi whitaker

    April 9, 2012 at 11:18 am

    hi stacy, im kenadi whitaker i met you at horse fest in springfield you sighned my boot andmy purse, now i was gonna ask you do you have sister?

    • Stacy

      April 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Nope, one brother!

  42. Erica

    April 9, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Hello my name is Erica. I just wanted to say what an inspiration you are. I have a Horse Illustrated subscription, and saw the tribute to Roxy in the May2012 issue. She was such an amazing horse&the two of you made a beautiful team. I’m constantly reading through my magazines(because I’ve seen several articles that you have conntributed to.). I feel like in the world of horses there is always something new to learn,so I’m always looking to learn something. From your posts&articles&watching your videos I have learned alot&plan to continue learning all I can. Thank you for being who you are. 🙂 and God bless!

  43. Jody Munson

    April 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Stacy,

    About 3 years ago I successfully taught my horse to bow by following your very informative DVD. I now want to take it a step further and teach him how to lay down. I have tried to take him from the bow to the laying down position but he gets anxious and always wants to get up. Can you please help me with this? Or do you plan to make another DVD about this? I would be the first to buy! Also will you be doing any clinics in Kansas this summer?

    Thank you!

  44. chris larsen

    April 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I am listing to your podcast and realy enjoy it my Wife and I are passonite about gaited horses and we do training horse and rider and saddlefitting and clinics . We dont do the show ring stuff we speicializeing good safe trail horses . And teaching prople how to properly maintain there horses once they get the best natural gait out of them. So much of what you say rings so true . And the struggle you have to go through to get your self out there. Our clientel is mostly 50+years old that always dreamed to have a horse but realy has very little exrierance with them . They want want a smooth rideing trail companion. I think when someone say just a trail horse they dont relize all that makes to be a good safe trail horse. The ability to keep a clear head under preashure and deal with unexpected situations on the trail . Gaited horses are a lil differant and takes time to get the “feel” of how they move. You realy cant be just a passenger to get the most and keep moveing in good form (realy you cant on any horse). So we always include lessons with any of out training. Once agian thanx for the great podcast. Chris Larsen “training starts everytime you approach a horse and dosnt end until you walk away”

  45. Michelle. Alberta Canada

    April 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Hi Stacey. My name is Michelle and i have a small favor to ask of you. I am the pattern co-ordinator and coach for our drill team and i am looking for some easy to do begginer and intermediate riding test to use for our training. Improving horsemanship is at the heart of all equine projects and this is one of the ways i have found to help find things that we can improve on. Any and all help is appreciated.

  46. Lori Silcher

    May 4, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Stacy, write me, I will talk to you about your horse. Prayers to you

  47. Elizabeth Cruz

    May 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Hello, Stacy
    I was wondering can Vaquero still see? There was a unknown parasite up here in CT that sadly we lost the horse. It happen in less then 24 hrs. He lost his site out in the field ran threw a fence where. He was complety healthy the day before. When the farm found him he was very ” drunk”. We had to put him in the indoor until the arrived becaus he couldn’t keep his balance in cross ties. The vet said they hadnt seen it before but it had happend to two other horses at two different farms. They aren’t sure what causes and arent sure of the signs. I’m sure the horse at our farm would be fine if she didn’t run though the fence the fence just scared her and being scraped upset her.
    I’m not telling you this to scare you, I’m just hoping it may help.

  48. caledoniansocietyofrestigouche

    May 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Stacy
    I am about 15 yrs from retiring, and i am gearing up to have a horse by then.
    I have access to land to build a horse barn and it also has two field a large field to hay and a smaller field to build a fenced in area and a round pen. my question is how much does it cost on average to feed a horse, veteran visits etc and any incite into what kind of barn to build for the horse i was looking at this one Model HB2232

    James Thompson

  49. Louwnique

    May 31, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Hello Miss Stacey,
    I’m an 15 year old Missionary daughter. with big heart for Missions as well. We live in Zambia as a Family!! its AWESOME!!

    We are a Horse Loving Family, but has never had the oppertunatie to have horse.

    I just want to say that i Know the Lord is Proud of you, because your proud of HIM.

    Bless yoU

  50. Lindsey

    June 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    My name is Lindsey, I just turned 18. I’ve been sitting on horses for about 4 years, but I was waaayyy to scared (ie. terrified) to do anything faster that a very very slow jog on very small horses until about two years ago when God gave me my first horse. I’ve started barrel racing, and I’m working with a good trainer and a good (God given) mare. I’ve been galloping the barrels for a couple months, but I am still a little bit nervous to go all out around the barrels, especially in the turns. It’s kind of weird because i love the sport. Any suggestions?

  51. Kristi Horbach

    June 15, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Hi Stacy,
    I have just purchased your DVD’s on basic groundwork and am very excited receive them. I have a horse that is so dead calm at home, however, when she leaves the property she becomes a frantic lunatic. I recently took her to a now ex-coach who instead of addressing her fear of a new property plus her fear of cows dragged her into the round pen and basically beat her with a lunge whip and was told she is dangerous and this is what round penning is!!!! Being new to round penning I am not sure of the entire technique but I find it hard to believe that beating a horse into submission is not the entire process. Can you please clarify briefly for me the purpose of round penning and the general process and possibly any other suggestions you may have to desensitize her to being in new situations.
    Thank you.

  52. Camille

    June 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm


    I, like most girls, have been enamored with horses since I was young. Unable to afford riding lessons for long I volunteered at a local therapeutic riding center. I went for the horses and stayed for the students. It’s been years and now I’m an instructor there and hope to open my own center one day. We have a process called simply “sensory” where they students get on the horse, bareback and in a quiet place, and just lay on the horse. Forwards, backwards…whatever they want. After seeing the peace it inspired in them, I was tempted to try it myself, and I have to say…there is nothing quite like sitting backwards on your horse and giving their butt a big hug! I could go on for pages, rambling about our students and horses but I guess the point of this post is just to say thank you for dedicating to your life that special relationship between horses and humans. That more than anything is what drives the healing and miracles at centers around the world.

  53. Madeline

    June 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I want to get into reining but know nothing about the sport. I am 15 and have been ridding for over 5 years now. Do you know of any good books, or other pieces on knowledge that would help me learn about reining?

  54. charlotte adcock

    June 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I have a 8 yr old grandaughter Madelyn and we watch you all the time. (about the last 3 yrs) She loves watching you and wants to be a trainer when she grows up and I hope she does. She looked at me one day and said Granny was your horse Foxy as a good as Miss Stacey’s horse is …..I looked at her and said yes honey yes she was and one day you’ll have a horse like that too then she said what about the wedding dress……..(having to laugh) lets get the horse first…. she said ok its roxy foxy is her name so now we are looking for her and o yes she’s got to be black. thank you for your videos

  55. adam

    July 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    hi i live in the city i have been riding horses bare back since been 11 i can,t ride saddle an 25 its just never apealed to me! i have saw your videos wat u do with out bridle an mean bit, is crazy to think that u could do that living in town with fools in car buses basicaly rubing your leg when pass u.i break lot horses in for travellers so me few m8s always have people bringing them down to get riding an going in the cart.i break horses in by not giving into them playing up,like trying to take off with u! i had cob mare that use to roll with if could’t throw u great grandad who can,t rember meeting cuz was so young worked shires on the plough as job moved round farms all round country in the uk i never had chance to ask him is opinion.i found that if i got them draging weight round logs or wat ever it knocks all the silly stuff out them an more play up the longer miles u do. is that right attitude to have cuz seeing u with horses no bridles an the trust u them both seem to have is amazing to watch. and i i now want quatre horse when u next on tour in the uk?

  56. Cheryl Barrett

    July 4, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Hey Stacy,
    I told you some time back that our mare was going to have a colt & if it was a boy it would be Wizard & if a girl it would be Baby Doll. Well, we have now got a new baby & since her dad’s name is Doc, she is now known as Doc’s Baby Doll in Roxy’s honor. Take Care, Cher

  57. Bobbie Gaines Wessel

    July 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Do you teach personally or take interns or allow someone to come to your facility? My neice 18 rides and loves and saw your tribute to your father and would like to learn more. Thank you.

    • Stacy

      July 16, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Right now I teach clinics that are from 2 days to 6 days long. In the future (when my boys are older) we would like to do an intern type program but not now:(

  58. Brittany

    August 8, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Dear Stacy,
    I’ve been a fan of yours for quite some time now. My heart sank when I heard about Roxy, and now Vaquero. About three months ago, my Arabian horse Sammy had what the vets think was a neurological episode. The video you shot of Vaquero reminded me exactly of what he looked like when that terrible day came. I was out riding Sammy on the trail, after two weeks of giving him off. He had been lame on his right hind. I turned him out for a few days and he looked great. So I decided to get back on him. We were setting out for the trail and all of the sudden he fell over sideways on top of me. I jumped from my feet stunned, and he looked confused as well. Luckily I was ok, just startled me quite a bit. I led him back home and called the vets out on emergency. Luckily I had friends there to help me, I was a total wreck. He could barely walk into his stall from the field, and almost fell when he was inside. It happened out of nowhere. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so emotionally torn in my lifetime. I took him for neck x-rays 2 weeks after the incident and he had been on anti-inflammatory medications. They did a neurological exam on him when he arrived at the New Bolton Center. They found nothing wrong. They said the arthritis in his neck was average for a 15 year old, and that he seemed to know exactly where his feet were. They told me that he was ok for turn out when he got home. Its been three months, and he seems back to his old self. I’ve been lunging him every couple days, and he looks great. I got on him bareback and just walked around a bit. I still feel uneasy about it, and still am confused because I never got a full answer as to what was wrong with him. All they could tell me was it sounded like a neurological episode. Unfortunately, I now know how it feels when something so sudden and tragic strikes. I pretty much told myself the day that his incident happened that I would soon to be saying goodbye to him. I cried for days on end. I can relate exactly to how you felt at that time. The emptiness I experienced can’t even be put into words. I am so sorry that your story has ended tragically. I hope that you are healing.

    Would love to hear from you,

    • Stacy

      August 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Brittany, My heart breaks for you! I am happy that your horse seems to recover to some degree in between, that is good. On Vaqueros x-rays the amount of arthritis was considered normal…not even close enough to cause the symptoms I (or you in this case too) are describing. This made me hopeful but the vets explained that unless they did a mylogram, where they inject dye into the spine and then take x-rays, they would not be able to determine what the arthritis was doing inside the spine. On the first trip and with the outside x-rays looking good we passed on the mylogram (which cost thousands of dollars) because they had said it would be unusual for the outside to be OK and the inside to be terrible.
      Unfortunately when Vaquero got worse we went back, spent the money, and found that the inside was a lot worse than the outside had indicated.

      I am healing. I still catch myself wondering if it really happened and for a split second hoping not. Maybe you can have a happy pasture pet. When Vaquero got so bad that was my hope but even that didn’t work out.

  59. nikki

    August 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Hello Stacy.
    I left you a comment to one of your Trailer videos and I am so frustrated, cause my very scaredy claustrophopic paint, knows how to do the limbo under the trailer bar ( every reiner probably would be quite jealous of how this horse can lower his hips 😦 ) I am just very frustrated.
    I was on workshops with some really good and sweet horseman. I was told I need to boost his confidence, make him braver… I think he knows exactly what he wants when he does the limbo, braking the trailer interior under the bar.
    He can kill himself with his doing…. He doesnt really trust the two leggeds… I just wished I would find a way to always stay one step ahead of this really smart horse.
    Do you have any idea??
    Any smart comment is highly appreciated.
    Cheers from germany.

    • Stacy

      August 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

      When you say ‘he doesn’t really trust the two leggeds’ it makes me want to agree that he needs a boost of confidence in humans. Can you find his confidence issues in other places, outside of the trailer? Can you do all of the exercises I have shown before going to the trailer? If yes, go ahead and video doing the exercises and send a clip.

      • Kenady Johnson

        September 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

        Dear Stacy,
        You are such an amazing

  60. Kenady Johnson

    September 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Srry bout the post befor my labtop has been messing up & doing crazy things for the last few days 😦
    I just wanted to say you are such an amazing horse trainer & have greatly inspired me so much. I am 14 going on 15 & have trained 3 amazing horses so far. My horse Star I can now ride bareback & bridless. My new 2yr. old Image that I just got had never been touched or worked with & within 2 weeks I had her riding like a pro. My biggest acimplishment though was training my 8yr. QH mare Mistie. Mistie was deathly scared of humans when I got her & had never been rode or had a saddle on in her life. Everyone who had seen her was shocked when within a week I had her riding well & trusting people again. Thank you for being such an inspiration!
    I am so sorry to hear about the 2 horses you lost. I know how it feels to lose one. I lost my first horse Casey last June & I’m still not over her death. She had taught me so much & I am lucky now to have her only daughter Star to train & learn from.
    Would really like to hear back from you!
    Kenady 🙂

  61. Dominique Mclean

    September 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Hey Stacy!
    You’re absolutely amazing! Gosh I wish I could do all the things u do! I first hear of u from my grandmother who found the video of u at the congress bare back and bridle-less doing all those fancy tricks, hahaha let me tell ya my grand-ma was just as amazed as I was.
    anyways =) , I got my horse, Reese, who is 8yrs old and I’ve owned him for about 2 yrs now. Reese, also known as Reese’s pieces <3, is my first horse and let me tell ya he is just amazing. All he wants is to be loved; he has a lot, A LOT of character and is just a great all around horse. He was trained western but I converted him over to british english style because I have never had any western training. I’ve been taking lessons one a week for the pass 8yrs now and I’m just looking to improve my riding and my relationship with my horse anyway I can. but this year Reese has me stumped usually it’s not a big deal relearning everything in the spring after winter and the snow is all gone but this year we've been having some cantering problems. he just doesn’t want to pick up the right leads, I don’t know if it’s me or of he's just being lazy (witch isn’t like him, he's full of energy and ready to run at any moment when asked) but I was wondering if u had any advice about the canter leads? I really want to do some eventing with Reese but I don’t know if we’re ever going to be ready. Oh well I just hope at some point me&him could go compete so I can show everyone how much potential he has because he is really quite amazing. Any advice would be great! I’m just real eager to learn all I can so that me and Reese could someday be one of the greats =P cross my figures! X) Oh and if u need a clip of me and Reeser-boy riding let me know and ill dust off the camera =D
    And I don’t mean the question of canter leads to be an insult if this level of training is too low, I just don’t know what to do anymore. Well thank u for your time.
    By the way, GREAT web site! I’ll be sure to use some of your tricks I learned today =)
    Thanks So Much,
    Dominique ❤
    Oups! almost forgot =P I’ve been having trouble finding eventing shows in Ontario and I was wondering if u knew any, I know it isn’t your style of riding (I think =S maybe I’m mistaken) but yeah just curious =-) thx again!

  62. Madison Alexis

    October 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Mrs. Westfall! My name is Madison. I’m 14. I have a bay AQHA horse, Duke, that I have just bought. He is a really good horse and cooperates reall well. I really am interested in how you train your horses to work without a bridle. I have looked up some stuff on the internet, but I figured the best person to ask would be you. Could you give me a couple of tips? I know how to train with the saddle. Is it very different?

  63. Erica T

    October 17, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Hi Stacy,
    For starters, im a big fan and pray that one day I may be as close to my horses as you are to yours.
    Secondly, we have a gelding, he’s about 10-11 years old. Was gelded around age 9,was kind of spunky until a few months after being gelded,once the hormones were out of his system. He loves being groomed. But most generally hates being led. He is supposedly broke to trail ride. We don’t really know his past. Or how he was trained or rode. And seeing that I have a 2 year old and now a 3 month old,I haven’t had the time to closely get to know him. I rode him once after my first child and he did alright, although he just walks,wouldn’t pick up even a trot. Then the other time I rode him, he threw a fit and proceeded to try and buck me off because we were out of sight from my mare. He didn’t succeed at bucking me off,we continued on our path made a loop and then I walked him back to the barn. So now that I am getting time to work with him, I have read the article in the September 2011 Horse Illustrated issue. You describe a 3 month training period to get young horses off to a good start. Do you think it would benefit him&I to use that article as a starting point to try and get us on the same page? Im thinking g back to ground work will be the best way to refresh him,especially since i dont know his background. Any tips will be appreciated.

    Erica Totmanoingdhgoing back to ground work will be the best way to refresh him,especially seeing that I ddjdon’t know his background. Any tips will be appreciated.

  64. Ashley

    November 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Stacy, my name is Ashley and I am from Australia. I just received your DVD’s for my birthday and was very excited to get started. I have a few questions though. I have a two horses, one young horse who is 2 years of age and not overly quiet but he is very friendly and allows me to do most things with him. However, I have a 12 year ok who is very spooky and very hard to catch. He is great to ride and is ok after being caught but he doesn’t like being handled much at all. I was wondering if it is still possible, because he is at such an age, if ur methods will still work with him? I am a little worried as he is so spooky. Your advice would be much appreciated.


    • Stacy

      December 5, 2012 at 7:10 am

      It would be great for you to practice all of the methods with the older horse. It will give you more practice and confidence and who knows…it may help him too. Lots of times with the older ones we really can help them, they just have a few more habits that can take longer to change. Still worth trying and you will still learn a lot from it.

  65. Carter Taylor

    November 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Hi Stacy,

    Yesterday morning I watched a video sitting in my office here at work. That video had a very strange impact on me emotionally, took me to a wonderful place. I do not understand what part of the video impacts me the most, your simple outfit, the way you sit a horse, your hair bouncing around, being bareback, no tack, the way Roxy moves, the enthusiasm of the crowd, the music? It created my own lifetime of horse memories, that started at the age of seven in 1967 when I took my first riding lesson, to around 42 when I finally quit competing. Anyway, I wanted to find out the story behind the video and what I found, was a much bigger story than the nonfactual account that accompanied this particular video. What I found was a very inspirational woman, a phenomenal horse trainer, a wife and a mom with an incredible journey through life! The timing is interesting as I have been having my own personal struggles with life, basically getting wore down, but your site is full of reminders that God is in control. Thank you for a very pleasant couple days.

    Carter Taylor

    • Stacy

      December 5, 2012 at 7:01 am

      Well I guess if I get letter like yours Carter the whole ‘deaf mute’ email might just be worth it! So glad you found inspiration in the sight.

  66. Tammy

    November 30, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Stacy!! My mom found your video with roxy and shared it with me. I am so sorry to hear she has passed.. Makes me sad.. I have a black horse with one white hoof looks sooo much like roxy it’s scary! She too is a quarterhorse from Texas.. Doc Barr is her great grandfather. Pretty cool.. And I taught her to bow.. I love your videos and I am buying your book.. My girl is alittle too much for me sometimes so would love to learn from you.. Thanks for sharing..

  67. Cynthia Norton

    December 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Stacy, what a gift from God you are. You are truly an amazing and inspiring woman. That you are a good person would go without saying, for animals always know the truth. And, it is evident that they are connected to you. My heart goes out to you for your recent losses. The Beloveds will run free forever in Heaven and in our Hearts. Blessings Always,

  68. Cyndee Collins

    December 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Stacy, I found you because of the deaf-mute video circulating on fb — am so glad I looked that up and found out the truth and also what an amazing horsewoman you are. I have ordered the SmartStart and have been looking at your videos. I have so many questions but I know your time is limited so I will focus on my most pressing.

    I got my first horse at 63 after waiting 50 years. he is about 9 or 10 years old, and a very responsive guy. He has only been ridden by little children and does not have a lot of lot knowledge in neck reigning or in real riding. My husband (who is very experienced) has been working with him under saddle and he is doing better and constantly learning. I, however, started working with him right away to teach him to “get down” – meaning to stretch out his front legs. He has finally accomplished this so I am very proud that I was able to accomplish this on my very own. shortly after that, we started trying to lunge him and introduced him to the stick on a string. He uses it the same way I saw you doing in the video – with the scratching and rubbing. My husband explained that lunging was to teach him to “give his head and would help with his neck reigning” He does real well with that but my husband is doing this and I am on the sidelines watching. It is clear to me that the horse is very confused and he keeps wanting to leave and come where I am. Any time you get close to him he tries to go in one direction and if you are successful in getting him to go in the other direction, he will but after a couple of turns he goes the other way. I say that we should not let him. He needs to finish in the direction we want him to go before we stop the training. My husband thinks I am challenging his techniques. I am not — I am trying to understand and he does not do a good job of explaining what he is doing so that I can learn. All this lunging has introduced a new problem. Now when I tell him to ‘get down’ and walk to his mid section like to mount him he thinks he is supposed to go in circles. I have stopped some of this by working with him in the stall where he does well. I have moved him to the outside of the barn and keep one side to the barn and he does fair but still tries to move his hindquarters. I retire at the end of the year and my goal is to work with him as much as possible. I want this horse to know that I am in charge. I do not have a problem with him bonding with me because he has but I want to take our a relationship to the level where we trust each other but that I am in control. He is responsive and he seems to be saying “I don’t know why we are doing this but it seems to be important to you so ok — just tell me what to do” I have not ridden this horse yet. One reason is that he is almost 16 hands and I am 5’2 and a little chunky hence, the “get down” training. The other reason is that my husband does not want me to get hurt and thinks the horse is still too headstrong for me to handle and is afraid that if I give in one time and let him go to the barn, I have lost the battle. all I really want to do right now, is have him “get down” and stay in that position long enough for me to mount him. I am open to any suggestions you might have for me. thank you for listening.

  69. Linda Morse

    December 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Stacey Saw your amazing ride on FB and shared liked it so much I wanted to know more about you so Googled you and found your page. I have amended my post and put a link to your page hope people will see it.. Why do people have to invent things about people You are such an inspirational rider and awesome to watch It makes not one bit of difference to your talent you are simply amazing

  70. Shannon

    December 28, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Stacy!! I love your videos with Roxy and Vaquero, they are so amazing!
    I’ve been riding for almost 3 years now, and I was really scared of horses before I started riding my friends horse. One thing that amazes me when I watch you ride is how balanced you are on the horse. When I’m riding bareback I can balance ok at a trot (in a straight line), and when I ride with a saddle, I can ride up to a lope just fine but when I try running, I get really unbalanced. I was wondering, are there any exercises that you use to help improve balance, or is it just a lot of practice?

    • Stacy

      January 4, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Mostly lots of time, although there are some things you can do to help. Walk and trot poles in a straight line are great, having someone lunge you so you can hold on to mane and let go with left hand, then right hand, then no hands (really quick at first) etc.

      • Shannon

        January 7, 2013 at 3:34 pm

        Thank you so much for taking the time to reply! I’ll definitely try that!!!

  71. Ashley Bird

    December 31, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Stacy I was wondering if you could give me some advice on something. I have a horse that is scared of calves. I don’t know if he is just scared of calves or of moving objects that are smaller than him. I was wondering if you could tell me of some things I could do with him to help with his problem.

  72. Cheryl Barry-Fryer

    January 5, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Hi Stacey I’ve watched your video’s over and over and practice the lessons on my horses regularily. I thought you’d like to see a very short video I took the other day of my horse Tucker going for a walk with my new puppy. Luckily I had my phone with me or I would have missed this !

  73. Lydia Koehn

    January 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Dear Stacey,

    I have been teaching my horse to bow and it is going well, but the one thing she
    can’t do well is stay down,she always want to stay up what could I do that will teach her
    to stay down?

    Sincerely Lydia Koehn

  74. Rachel

    February 23, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Hi Stacy!
    I’m Rachel and I am 11 years old. I think you are soooo AMAZING!!! Your 2006 bareback and bridleless ride was sooooooo great!!! That video was so inspiring! I ride english but I really hope one day I can learn western reining! I do jumping and things like that. I have ridden western some when I went trailriding. I love trail riding because i dont have to worry about diagonals and leads and stuff.

    Well I don’t expect a reply because I know your busy. i just wanted to tell you how amazing and awesome you are!

    • Stacy

      April 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Lol, I enjoy trail riding too. Thanks for the note!

  75. Morgan Danielle Warr

    February 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Hi Mrs. Stacy! It has and is my dream to meet you! I’m Morgan & I’m 13 years old. When I first saw one of your videos, I knew I wanted to ride. I started riding when I was 7 and didn’t have the best one to start out with. For Christmas last year my dad bought me an Appaloosa mare named Pay K’s Gold. She was a reining champion and I knew I would love her! I recently showed in my first Stock Horse show that had reining, of coarse I did everything else, but the highlight was reining! I had tons of fun, although Pay K did not do her flying lead change for the second half of the pattern, it was a great experience. I will be showing in April, and wanted to let you know how great of a role model you have been! Thank you so much!

    • Stacy

      April 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      You are soooo very welcome! Thanks for the note:)

  76. tjedhorsegirl

    March 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Hey Stacy!

    I would like to get some info on clinics. I would like to do a 4 day personal clinic at your place next fall(if you still plan on doing them that far out) and would like some more info, I’ve tried emailing and calling, but they’re always full! You’re a very popular woman!!!(Because you’re awesome!) Anyway, if you could contact me I would appreciate it!

    • Stacy

      April 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Lol, sorry about that. I should be doing some in the fall. I am swamped with emails but when I get to yours I will respond. I would consider fall to begin in September-about when kids go back to school-so I would probably start booking September in July or August. Does that sound about right for you?

      • tjedhorsegirl

        April 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm

        That would be amazing! I am excited already! 🙂 Do you mean book it this July for next Sept or book it all next year? (2014) My parents are letting me do it for my 16th birthday(we get to pick anywhere in the world, ~ advantages to being home schooled!!!). I spend just about all day everyday with my horses(unless it’s too cold and then I’m watching training videos online!) and my goal is bridle less reining eventually, and I’m pretty sure you’re the best mentor out there for me to learn from! I LOVE your book btw! I have read it just about a million times and have marked it up like crazy and still learn something new from it EVERY TIME I read it! It’s awesome! (My favorite part is your signature on it!)

  77. Sarah laplant

    April 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Stacy I’m 12. I love and dedicate my whole life to riding and horses. I love my best friend which are my horses. I love watching you ride you are amazing and you are my idol. One day I hope and dream of meeting you. 😘

  78. Rachel

    August 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Hi Stacy! My name is Rachel and I am 12 years old! I think you are amazing! Bareback and bridle-less must be very difficult. I have done bareback, and I have jumped bareback, but haven’t done bridle-less. I am an English rider, but really would love to do reining! Every time I watch your 2006 ride to “Live Like You Were Dying” it makes me want to go out and ride bareback galloping around the arena 🙂 !!! Its so inspiring! I love to meet you one day! You are such a great rider and I hope I can be as good as you one day 😉

  79. Chris

    August 1, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Hello Stacy, my name is Chris. I have been involved with horses from breeding, training, sales, showing, well you name it, we’ve done it. Until now. I recently acquired a QH stud colt that was born blind in 1 eye. The people that owned his mother were going to put him down, a vet rescued him and then I got him. He will be 2 in April. He has been spoiled, understandably so, but as he gets older this can be a problem. When I discipline him now, he pouts worse than a child. I mean he will literally walk away from you and not come back. Any other time he will come when you call his name. I want to start working on desensitizing him and later train him for trail riding, although he has great breeding. He is very smart and sweet most of time. Just doesn’t like discipline at all. Any advice will be appreciated. Or if you have any videos of working with a blind colt. Thanks in advance.

  80. cameron ross

    October 14, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Hi I am cameron my friend introduced me to this sight I read it every morning with the time I have. I love this blog it is a special treat for me.


  81. cameron ross

    October 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    any tips for going into horse shows????????

  82. irisvillagegirl

    October 23, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I have watched this video so many times! Question Stacy—could you explain the licking and chewing? I recently acquired a 16yr old Mare. I’ve had her a couple of months now. I took care of her a couple of years ago and fell in love with her. Today I went out to see her and I started petting and talking to her. She started licking and chewing. Does it mean I made her happy? Just curious. Thanks Stacy!

  83. Margaret Smith

    November 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Dear Stacy,

    Firstly let me say that I love how you train your horses, ride, and how strong of a lady you are to have gone through so much. To me it was truly a God send to see your videos with Jac. I have rescued a 16.3 had mare that was treated like a dog for most of her life by her last owner. When Color came to the farm she was 250lbs under weight, full of worms, she had whiteline so bad she almost lost her whole front hoof, but we had a equally large problem as well…. she tried to run us over, she had/has no ground manners, and was not rescpecting of humans. Since she has come to our farm she has turned around a great deal. When we first tried to tie her to the trailer to tack her up she would pull back, try to run out from under the blanket when thrown on her back ( she did not mind if you where in the way when she did so) and also did the same thing when the saddle was placed on her back. you could see fear in her eyes all the time waiting for someone to hurt her, a raised hand to her to pet her or raising your voice around her would scare her past her wits. Slowly we were getting through to her until one day my friend who trained me to ride and has been riding for 20 + yrs went to get on her back using a mounting block when he put his foot in the left sturrip she began to walk off and could not get fully in the saddle this spooked color and she bucked which actulley placed him into the saddle and he got his foot in the right sturrip but when he put pressure in the right sturrip it broke and hisright rein broke at the same time by this time color was in a full gallop and buck one last time before making a 90 degree left turn which sent him literally flying 10ft in the air and landing on his side. the reason I am explaining all this is after it happened i have made it my mission to help color and get her past this so I have been using your videos and what you are doing with Jac and modifying it to color. I have found that she works great n a lung line but is very fearful of the stick and string. I have also planted the seed of standing still even when i bring the whip up to pet her… she is doing well but i was wondering what suggestions you may have for me to help her further she is such a doll and i will do anything to help her understand that i/ we will not hurt her and it is okay to trust me.

    I know you are tired of reading this but thank you in advance for reading it would mean the world to me to have your feed back on Color

    • Stacy

      November 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Wow! That is a lot of info to try to digest in written form only. I will do what I can. First off, thanks for saving a horse that needed help. Second, you really do have a big job in front of you. It sounds like the physical has healed faster than the mental, which is often the case. Third, you are also correct in ‘needing to get past this’. What I mean by that is you really do have a big job ahead. Just as seeds can be planted for good…weeds can also be planted (fear, etc). When those seeds, weeds, have been planted…depending on how deep the roots are the job is bigger.
      I chose to make these videos available for free in the hope that they could help people…maybe you. They do have their limits though (as does email, blog, etc) so….
      Safely try what you are seeing and find a pro you trust in your area. Also know that if it often takes longer in these cases; for example if it takes a pro (me) and hour to do something…it would be normal for someone learning to take 2-4 hours or more to do the same thing. Then add in a horse with issues (weeds that were planted) and that time can double-quadrouple again..

      I say that to be encouraging…not discouraging. Know you have a big job. 🙂

  84. Jesse

    November 23, 2013 at 9:32 am

    I have a mare that I bought who has a super sweet disposition. She is very light and sensitive to cues and is very well trained. She has had some professional western pleasure training. She is very quiet riding in the indoor arena and hauling to shows. The problem is she is a bit more nervous when you trail ride her. I am assuming she was mostly trained riding inside and was never exposed as she should have been to the “real” world. The major problem I am having with her is that she is extremely afraid of cattle. She tenses up, starts to sweat, physically shakes, and snorts. I have never experienced a horse with such a deep fear of cattle. I have been working on boosting her confidence by slowly exposing her to cattle and teaching her they will move away from her. I do find that when she realizes the cow will move away from her she will pin her ears, try to bite them and if possible even strike them. She shows extreme aggression towards cattle. What can I do to help her work through her fears? One minute she is the quietest horse I have ever been around and then the next not. I can always maintain control of her but her anxiety just floods her body language. She seems to struggle controlling and working through her fears. If she decides something is fearful she can not process and work through it. How can a horse who is so quiet one moment be so fearful the next? Previously before I owned her she was used as a lesson horse for young riders in an indoor arena and was so good with the kids. She has her confidence inside an arena or even hauling to shows but not necessarily out trail riding or working cattle. What can I do to help her?


  85. Madison Ulaki

    December 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Stacy
    I have chosen to do a school project on you and was hoping that maybe you could give me some topics or facts about yourself. I have seen you several times at the congress and Equine affair. Anything would be helpful and great. Thanks so much in advance.
    Madison Ulaki
    1068 Keaton Holley Rd.
    Elkview, WV 25071

    • Stacy

      December 4, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Madison- here is a link to my website with some info-
      wikipedia is currently accurate-
      also, I would highly suggest scrolling through this blog. Many of the topics that I write about are personal stories. You can read about Roxy, or my first mare, Bay, Vaquero, etc. all right here.

  86. Cowgirls Club (Rachel)

    December 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Hello Stacy! I was wondering if you would check out a site my friend and I made. It is a club for girls who love horses and a place where they can talk and hang out. The problem is… we have no members. Here is the link: We were wondering if maybe you could spread the word about our website? Or maybe write a few words about our website for us to put on it, because if we have words from a professional horse rider on our website, it might become really popular! I know its a big favor to ask, but we really want it to get a lot of people and be a great site for horse crazy girls!
    I was just wondering if there is anything you could do to help us? Here is our email if you want to contact us:


  87. Brooke

    December 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Hey Stacy! I recently purchased a 5 year old gelding who has had a rather sketchy experiences with a previous trainer and has learned that the way out of situations that scare him is to bolt or buck. He is a very nice, athletic, smart, and kind horse that I can tell with some help will excel in anything you ask him to do. He particularly bolts or bucks when you first swing your leg over the saddle. Any suggestion on how to help him?


    • Stacy

      December 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Brooke- Two thoughts
      #1- start over and redo everything…look for ‘holes’….lessons that weren’t solid (like my multiplication facts)
      #2- watch the upcoming Jac videos where I am saddling and all of the things I do. (I do some weird stuff…I think it is Episode 16 & 17)
      ….one bonus thought also…anything that waves above his head…a rider on a pony horse (Episode 14), a lunge whip with bags, anything you can wave in that same motion..
      And be careful!If he has learned this it will take longer to get rid of it. Consider finding someone local who can help you out.

  88. Beth Slater

    December 22, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Hello Stacy,
    I am a life long rider, and a huge fan of your work. I have a trained the horses I ride now, and they are mostly used just to trail ride. I do not have a training question today, I just want to get your opinion about my 8 year old quarter horse mare. My horse, Dolly, was such a wonderful student, and carries all my beginners and children, as she is such a quiet girl. I rescued her as a untouched two year old. She was severely underfed, wormy, knock-kneed and undersized. Dolly was coming along great with growth and training, when she developed a severe blockage (sand colic) about 8 months after I brought her from Iowa to Arizona. She is now a very expensive horse, as I could not bring myself to put her down, and she successfully underwent surgery. That was 6 years ago, and although she is healthy, I have never been able to really bulk her up. I keep her on bermuda, and try to keep hay in front of her all the time. She eats over rubber mats. I give her whole oats and feed psyllium 7 days out of the month. My other horses stay a bit plump, but I cannot keep her that way. I have tried a product called Silver Lining, that has a variety of herbal remedies, but it doesn’t seem to help. Her teeth are good, and she gets wormed regularly. A problem I have is if I try anything new, alfalfa, sweet feed, ect., she colics again, or has severe diarrhea. She has been harder to keep lately, and I am worried about her. Second question, I have some more free time lately and would like to teach her some new tricks. I wonder if you think I should just keep a light work load for her, or if it would benefit her to start gradually increasing her work load. I don’t know if she would bulk up more, or lose weight. If you have any suggestions, I would appreciate them. I understand you are not a vet, and whatever you suggest I will take responsibility for what I do with that suggestion (in other words I will certainly not hold you accountable for the well being of my horse). I do worry about her and would like to see her looking better (some ribs are showing just a little, and her top line is too prominent). Sorry about the long email, I tried to keep it short. I know you must get a lot of emails, so I appreciate your advise so much!

    • Stacy

      December 22, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Beth-sorry to hear this. My two recommendations would be 1) go visit the vets that did the surgery 2) call Buckeye Nutrition.

      It is unfortunate that you went through this (and Dolly) but as you did spend so much money…it is generally easy to ask follow up questions. It does sound like you are going to need to be extra careful.
      Calling Buckeye ( may help you discover some other ways to increase the calories/nutrients.

      Years ago the product ‘Strongid C’ offered to pay for colic surgery (I don’t think they do any more, not sure) and a friend of mine- who dewormed REGULARLY and took excellent care, tried it with her colic prone horse and noticed improvement.

      Your question is tough because I would guess that if you asked ten vets you would get ten different answers….although if you asked ten vets you might come up with a common theme! Seriously. Ask as many vets as you can.

  89. Jolynne Dziengel

    December 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Stacy,

    I have a training question I hope you can answer. I have been training my 2.5 year old quarter horse named Pia. I have been on her back roughly 7 or 8 times and used your training methods to get to this point. She seems to be accepting the training and doing well with one strange quirk. When I lunge her in a round pen, with or without the saddle, or when she is out in the pasture she is very energetic and has a strong desire to go forward. She also has a high flight tendency when scared which seems to go along with the desire to run.

    However, when I get on her back she stops moving forward. She doesn’t appear to be tense or upset when I am on her back but she will only take a few steps and then wants to stop and stand still. You have mentioned in several of your videos that what you see from the ground is usually a reflection of what you will see under-saddle. Pia seems to be the opposite of what I see from the ground. My question is how do I know if I am sitting on a horse that is going to explode or is just unbalanced with a rider so she choose to stand still? Have you ever experienced this quirk while training other horses?

    One other personality trait that may or may not have bearing on this question is that Pia can be pushy to humans as well as horses that are below her in the pecking order. She still tests my abilities to be the leader once in a while but we have made great improvements in her ground manners and her respect for humans over the last few months.

    Thank you,


    • Stacy

      January 30, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Jolynne-I would be very concerned that she was preparing for trouble. Review what I did with Jac in Episode 17, both the ground driving and the part where I have his head bent and I am using the dressage whip. Does she do both of those exercises easily and willingly? It would be the one with the head bent and the dressage whip I would anticipate being an issue. This stuff is so hard to tell over the internet:(

      • Jolynne Dziengel

        January 30, 2014 at 7:04 pm


        Since writing you, I did go back and work more on the head bending moving forward exercise. You are right, that is an issue for her and she is resistant when pushed to move into the trot. To the right she tends to pin her ears and crowd me and to the left she is relaxed and willing. I loved Episode 17, I had seen you use technique in your Starting Young Horses video but Episode 17 really helped me understand the principles much better! I have slowed her training down and am continuing to work on groundwork and bending/moving forward before re-attacking forward movement in the saddle.

        I also noticed that to the right she is flexible and giving with the bit, but flexing to the left she hangs and chews on the bit. Because of the stiffness to the bit on the left side and grouchy trotting smaller circles to the right I am wondering if I have a spinal/shoulder issue.

        You are correct these issues are hard to determine over the internet. However, I am very grateful for all the video’s, the Jac series and you being willing to offer training advice. Thank you so much. I have learned a great deal in the last year. BTW – I am very sad to hear that you will be leaving Ohio but I wish you and your family the best of luck in your adventure!


  90. Amanda

    January 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    I was wondering what kind of bit you use on your horses? I hear bad things about the Tom Thumb & good things about the D ring snaffle. I wish i didn’t have to use metal at all in my horses mouth. I would prefer hackamore, but i feel like i have less control. What do you suggest?

  91. Anna Scholle

    January 6, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Stacy, I need some horsey help!
    To get straight to the questions, skip the story and go to the end 🙂

    I am 15 years old and a freshman in high school. I am from Ohio, too! Your homestate, am I right?
    I have loved horses since I was born. In 4th grade, 5 years ago, I started English horseback riding lessons. I excelled at first, and my instructor said I was her fastest learning student. That changed over time. I went to my first hunter/jumper show (trotting over crossrails) and wasn’t pleased with the placings I got. My instructor said I deserved better, but things continued downhill.
    Lessons became stressful, frustrating, and repetative. Horseback riding is supposed to be fun! So 2 years ago, after 3 years of riding, I made the painful decision to quit. I still miss one of the lesson horses, a paint named Gus, dearly.
    Sometime in my middle school years, my uncle showed me your reining performances on youtube. You became an instant inspiration. In 2012, I went to the Freestyle Reining competition at Quarter Horse Congress with my cousins. I absolutely loved it, and it was nothing like my English jumping.
    I returned to Congress this past October, and heard that you would be at the reining show. I could not believe my ears! You recited that beautiful poem and introduced Jac. It was amazing, and I am sorry for the loss of your horses. Good luck with Jac! I need to catch up on the video diary!
    Now I am without a horsey occupation. The two volunteer jobs I have tried in the last 2 years have failed because of relocation.

    I don’t know what to do. I have seriously considered taking up lessons again, but after seeing your performances, I wonder about Western riding. This thing is, Western lessons aren’t very common around my area. I am also a little scared… of course I love horses and have some experience, but 1500 lb. animals can be difficult to manage. Barn work in exchange for riding time is an idea, but it is hard to find someone who trusts a 15 year old girl with their horse. AND I probably still need a bit of schooling before I ride all alone, whether it’s English OR Western.
    Do you have some advice for me, to help with
    1. What to do?
    2. My fears of starting something new and something going wrong?

    Thanks! God Bless!
    – Anna Scholle

  92. Anna Scholle

    January 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Hey Stacy – again!

    There are some things I meant to add to my previous comment.

    I figured out that Ohio isn’t your homestate, but that you live here! Sorry about that.

    I don’t play sports, and horseback riding is the only truly athletic thing that I am interested in. My other hobbies are reading, drawing horses, and sometimes writing.

    Again, I’m just looking for some help. I don’t know if I should return to riding. I desperately miss it, but thinking about it makes me nervous. I’m not big into trying new things.

    I volunteered at a horse rescue for a little while, but it was very run down. After just a few weeks of being there, they relocated too far away. Then I started going to a barn where my dad’s coworker kept her horse. I would help out around there. Someone from my English lesson barn had moved her horses there, so she let me ride her gelding. But he was old, small, slow, and mostly blind. It wasn’t too fun, and she relocated her horses too. I stopped going.

    It’s hard to find the right place in Dayton. I heard of a new facility that offers both English and Western riding, but then I found out that they would be in partnership with my old lesson barn! I miss those horses and those people, but I think it would be awkward to have to face them again riding a different style.

    Sorry for the long comments! I hope you can help!

    Thanks again,

    • Stacy

      January 9, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Anna, it sounds like it has been difficult. I don’t have a specific answer but I do believe that if you have a passion for riding you will find a way. Starting small is good and overcoming fears is great. People grow and maybe they (the old lesson barn) will see your change as an effort towards growth.

      • Anna Scholle

        January 9, 2014 at 10:30 pm


  93. Erica T

    January 8, 2014 at 1:40 am

    I was just curious about your feelings on blanketing horses. I live in southeastern Ohio and these last couple days have been frigid. I know its even a little colder where you are. Ive never blanketed. But under what circumstances would you find blanketing necessary?

  94. pokemom0524

    February 3, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Stacy… It’s still going!!! 😦 I shared the video, with the truth… because it still made me cry!! The relationship between you & that beautiful Roxy is sooo touching!!!! I wish I had a clue about riding horses (city mouse with a mom terrified of them when I was growing up!)… but you are an inspiration to sooo very many!!! Thank you for the wonderful work you do!!!!

    • Stacy

      February 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      The link doesn’t work…but that makes me happy! lol

  95. Aldona

    February 14, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Dear Stacy, we are trying to get in touch with you regarding your visit to Poland but it seems mission impossible due to US servers blocking all our mails as spam.

  96. Mara

    February 20, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Hi Stacy! I was wondering where you would start your process with a horse that is “green broke”. Would you still go back to some of your earlier steps, or would you pick up in the saddle? Thanks!

  97. Olivia

    March 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Stacy, I have a 4 yr old gelding ‘Diesel’ that I am starting right now. He is perfect at everything except bridling. I think he has had some bad experiences in the past with people touching his ears and is super finicky with them. I have worked with him a lot but he is still having problems. He is all but ready to ride but I have decided not to think about saddling him again until we have this problem resolved. Is that a good idea? I know some people who start their horses in the halter to begin with, but have never liked that idea. Is that what I should do with this horse? What would be the best way you think for me to remedy his problem?

    Thanks so much!

  98. Kelsey

    March 22, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I just want to say Stacy, you are my insperation and hero. I look up to you so very much and use your training to train all my horses. I love how your so easy going and laugh at all the funny things your horses do as I do here at home. I hope that you start another video diary of other horses. I love watching the hands on experiences that you show us trainers. Again thank you so very much. P. S you should come to Alberta! !

  99. truckiebek

    March 24, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Hi Stacy ,
    I absolutely love your bridle less and bareback riding 🙂 I wanna start doing that with my horses 🙂 can I buy the DVD that shows us how in shops or only on your web site ???

    • Stacy

      March 25, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Any Weaver Leather dealer can also get it:)

  100. Sharli

    April 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I am thoroughly enjoying your Facebook page and your blog. Since you do travel so much, how do you handle stallions? Any proper precautions/suggestions you have? Do you haul mares with them? Any other additional training you give them? Any books or additional resources you have?
    I look forward to your responses!

    Thank you kindly!


  101. Tania Salter

    April 20, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Stacy. I have an 18month filly. At what age do I start working with her? Unfortunately I did not get to see your Jac videos. Is it possible to purchase this? Thanks. Tania

  102. Diana Cummings

    April 20, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Would love to know how to adopt one of the colts.

  103. Kim Chura

    April 29, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Stacy! What are your thoughts on Gelding an aged stallion? (he is a 1997 model) I would truly appreciate your input!

    • Stacy

      April 30, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Kim- I have seen them gelded at all ages successfully. At his age this is almost more of a vet question. The ‘change’ hasn’t been an issue with the older ones I have seen gelded. They do say the surgery/recovery is a bit harder on them…but a teenager heals faster than an adult in humans too and all us ‘old’ people seem to get by. If your vet clears him for it then I don’t see issues.

  104. mrsjohnnyboy

    May 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    HI Stacy-What are your thoughts on training a horse with a specific plan in mind. I have been working with a trainer for my OTTB and she doesn’t have a plan for her training. I don’t usually know what she’s working on and in turn don’t know specifically what he will learn or how long this whole process may take. I understand some horses learn quicker than others, etc. so I don’t expect a rigid schedule but feel there should be a plan. She thinks her ‘method’ is typical. From watching you and other natural horsemanship type trainers, I’m reconsidering where my horse needs to be. Thanks for any feedback. Also, I have been loved the Jac videos! What a great series!

  105. Alicia

    May 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Hi Stacy, First of I wanted to say congrats for your selling of the house and traveling around the US… Sound fun and challenging… I have been watching your videos of Jack and find your training techniques are somewhat similar to mine… Tho i just train for fun not for a living… I have a question… MY young mare who is 4, she is a very crabby mare… We bought her when she was a year. She was owned before me by a teenager who bought her when she was a weanling.. She learns fast and when she is working she is all business… She is quite aggressive in her pasture… You cant really go out there with out a whip or she will challenge you.. Then when you put a halter on her she is a different horse and has a great work ethic… I don’t have access to a round pen or arena so I can only work with her on a lunge line… Any suggestions on how I can correct this bad behavior? She had a mean streak in her when we first got her and would not let us past her shoulder… Now we can touch her all over she stands and rides well for the level of her training but she seems to be getting more aggressive in her pasture… Any ideas or tips would help greatly… ~thanks ~

  106. Cherie Lynn LaLone

    May 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Hi Stacy. Trainers are very different in their approaches to training and showing horses and in instructing their clients as well in both areas. What are your thoughts on having a horse in training with a trainer and showing with a trainer not affiliated with the first? Especially in a specialized sport like reining or dressage where the goal is the same but the approaches are not?

  107. Doug Gardner

    June 28, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Hi Stacy,
    My name is Doug Gardner I am a manufacturing engineer and have grown up around horses. My daughter wanted to have a horse and my wife was very worried about safety. So I designed and made a safety release stirrup that will disengage at angles where a rider could get in trouble. I would like to have your opinion on the marketability of these stirrups. Can send you pics.

  108. leah flowers

    July 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    hi stacy i need help my saddlebred T-REX and i were alsomt hit by a truck while out on a trail ride. now he is the world biggest chicken and just freezes up all the time. i can’t even get him to leave the property. what should i do
    thanks Leah FLowers

  109. Sharli

    July 21, 2014 at 5:27 pm


    Thanks for answering one of my questions regarding stallions.
    I know you have 3 boys, and I was just wondering how long you rode while you were pregnant. Did you compete, or was it more riding for pleasure?
    Thanks, and I look forward to hearing your response!

  110. Karli M

    July 27, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Hi Stacy, in your video on teaching horses to stop you mention getting all three cues ( voice, hand and leg) separate so when you put them all together in a show, the horse will respond very well. I’m just wondering how you would separate your leg from the voice and hand. When reining horses stop, don’t you need to take off your leg in order to brace agaist the hard stop. Thank you very much for your time.

  111. Maureen

    August 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Stacy… Totally love following your blog and posts. Just thought I’d jump in here and share an accomplishment that makes me smile with pride and thrilled everyday. As you discovered, summer In Texas is brutal. We bring our two kiddo’s, a mare and gelding in between 12 and 6pm. It took being incredibly consistent, but every two hours I went to the barn and opened their stalls to the paddock just to give them a break and to allow time for our gelding to “pee” cuz he hates messing his stall if he can help it. With time and patience, when… and in the beginning it was more often… “if he did “go” I praised him, said good potty, and offered a hay cube. Eventually our mare caught on and both, almost in unison walk to their spot at the farthest side of the paddock and relieve themselves. Then I began backing up closer and closer to their stalls until I gave their treat only when they returned to their stalls. It’s several years now, and the every two hours has evolved into only one trip to the barn… Our gelding now bangs his door (politely… Just so I can hear him) to let me know “Gotta go!” They both retreat to their spots, go potty and immediately return to their stalls. When we long haul trailer anywhere they are exactly the same. They’ll wait for us to pull off the road ( always in a safe grassy off the highway rest area) we’ll let them out, they relieve themselves literally on their lead lines almost immediately and they get their hay cube treat and literally jump back in to get going again. I just wonder if anyone else has predictable potty trained BFF’s. Love, love, love our kids!

    • Stacy

      August 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Ok…I used your comment for a blog today, lol, lets read the comments on FB and here and see what others have to say!

  112. Tierney

    August 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I have a question, I’ve been asked to work with a horse at my barn who has had no work done with him in about 2 years. First ride was perfect, but now he’s starting to come at me on the lunge line or stop and when I try to get him to move forward he will strike at me. What do you suggest I do to safely handle this? There are issues under saddle as well but I figure he needs to respect me on the ground before I start trying to work on riding things.

  113. Trisha

    August 14, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Hi Stacy
    Your videos and blog have helped me so much to achieve a better understanding of my horses, although I am still at the baby step stage.
    Can you please answer a question for me, or rather give me some advice on how to handle my current problem?
    I have a yearling filly that I would like to start working with. From birth I have played with her and she is very friendly, too friendly. She has no concept of space at all. She is not overly pushy but now that she is getting bigger I would like some distance. How do I start to teach her this?
    I have tried the chicken wing elbow movements but she is not bothered by it at all and just stands there even after my elbow has smacked her. She pays no mind to noise, or tarps, flapping or even the stick & string, just thinks I am playing with her. She trusts completely that no matter what I do it will not hurt her. How much pressure do I use to get her out of my space without losing her trust?
    All my years of previous experience were working with older already trained horses so I am confused how to start this young one the right way.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge, we all love what you do and how you do it!

  114. katzarr

    August 14, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I would like to know if you are ever able to cook for your family; and if so, what is your favorite dinner you make? Love your information/blog website. ❤ We have 11 horses, and 4 donkeys, numerous cat, 2 dogs; I don't have time to cook always, the "crock pot"/ slow cooker works great!

  115. Anna

    August 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Would you recommend an Arabian gelding if my not-so-experienced family members and friends are going to ride it?

    • Stacy

      August 23, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Did you see that I did a blog that discussed this question? The blog plus the comments should help you. Click here to read it.

      • Anna

        August 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm

        ^Thanks so much! I’m hoping on getting a weaning or yearling and training it, and with this info, (and a ton of other pro-Arabian articles,) I have a better chance of convincing my dad. 🙂 He had a bad experience with Arabians and is kind of prejudice, but I have heard that they are very loyal and good companions and have the stamina for what I am interested in.

  116. toni knight

    August 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Stacy,

    I love your work and often try to implement your methods. Recrntly, I read that people spread the rumour that you are deaf. I know that you are not deaf, but it caught my attention because my five year old daughter IS deaf. She gas a profound sensorineural loss in both ears. She uses cochlear implants. I have been teaching her to ride on her lease pony since april.

    she has seen your videos and she thinks you are amazing. She said she wants to BE you! Her favourite is thr 2011 video with my heart will go on. Her mouth visibly dropped open when you had your arms up with that cloak and THAT SPIN! Even my none horsey parents were impressed.

    My daughter, lily, said she wants to learn to ride like you, I ride western myself and have promised her that her next pony we will try (she currently is learnig english, I do both myself). I teach her at the moment due to difficulties as we cant find a trainer up to teaching a deaf child. Since april she has gotten rising and sittin trot, she is cantering, steering for herself on and off the long rein, and she has even jumped 60cm (on a miniature!).

    If you are ever in england, it would make her ecstatically happy to meet you.

    All the best with your current work. We love your video diary with jaq. Toni and Lily (and the boys).

  117. Donna

    August 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I’ve watched all the Jac videos, some I’ve watched several times. My problem isn’t addressed in the videos, because of Jac’s naturally low headset. My gelding carries his head high at the trot, and his back seems to hollow out at the same time. I cant seem to get him to slow down to a jog and drop his head. Is there any ground work the will help with this?Under saddle? He is a trail horse now but has been roped off and done some cutting years ago I am told. He will spin too, but with his head held very high. I love the way Jac carries his head….beautiful!!

  118. Haylee

    August 29, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Stacey!
    I have a question that has been subject to many arguments between my mom and I. I have a 2.5 yr old QH filly that I recently started under saddle. She had all ground work done when I started her and she is a very mellow minded girl. My mom believes 2 is too early to start them and is concerned about her joints and I was wondering about your opinion on the best age to start a horse since I have never started a horse or raised a young horse? At the moment I am just doing light trail rides, no longer than 15 minutes on flat ground, with her twice a week. And note that she is around 14.3hh and is a brick house, weighing close to 1000#s. 🙂

    Thank you so much in advance for an advice you can give.

    Hauler Hartzell

    • Stacy

      August 29, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Ugh-oh…I don’t think I should get in the middle of a mother daughter thing 🙂
      The easiest and best way to be comfortable with it is to ask your vet when he/she is out for another call; shots, etc. They can give you the best advice because they can see and touch the horse.
      Jac was two when I started him in the videos. I am careful when I start them young…and it sounds like you are being careful. There are studies out there that say that it can hurt the horses but they aren’t very specific about what type of exercise. I totally agree that things can be over done. However there are also studies out there that say some stress is good for growing stronger muscles and bones.
      I look at it very much like my own children. I want them active…but I’m not drilling them for hours every night either.
      Remember, ask your vet:)

      • Brittney Trusz

        October 1, 2014 at 5:52 am

        Stacy when you teach the bow do the horse fight to find that pressure release?

      • Stacy

        October 17, 2014 at 12:26 pm

        If you go slow and break it down in small steps there shouldn’t be fighting.

  119. Daniel Ashurst

    September 9, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Hello there. I am a 23 year old male living in England, currently trying to find my place in life. I squandered a few years of my life living on benefits and not aspiring to do anything. I got incredibly fat, I had no dreams, no goals and spent every last penny I had just for the sake of spending it.

    In January of this year I started to try and improve my life and myself as a whole. I still struggle with confidence but I joined a gym, began walking and started trying to save my money with one end goal in mind…to work with horses in some capacity or another, quite likely as a riding instructor after training for it. I’ve never interacted with them but have always loved them from afar, I can’t afford my own and haven’t had any lessons yet but I’m still too heavy. I was 19 stone in January and I’m now 14.11 as of my last weigh in.

    Things had been going tremendously well…but then a certain reality hit me, and that’s how hard it is to find vacancies in the industry even if you’re well qualified. I had it in my mind to do courses in the care of horses, riding etc in 2015 but now I’ve been hit with the realization of this. I can still get free tutiton for regular A Level courses at college until I’m over 25 (currently 24) so I would have other options should I pass them. My heart wants to train for a career with horses but my brain is telling me to get those A Levels I never got and if I still have the drive for it then persue the dream, without a student loan hanging over my head. (For the A Levels, not the equine courses)

    I feel incredibly lost and I feel like the very aspiration that got me to start turning my life around is slipping away. What am I supposed to do? I want to have a stable future but I know I’ll regret not even trying to live my dream as I get older. What should I do? Persue my dream now or do it in my late 30’s aftet improving my education, having wasted so much time?

    I fear going into a tailspin and this right back to where I started.

    • Stacy

      November 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Daniel, I made your question a blog. Click here to read the full answer but also make sure that you read the comments. There were many people, even people near you, that gave great advice both here on the blog comments as well as on Facebook. I hope it helps!

  120. Laurie Agee

    September 29, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    HI Stacy. I have a question for you. I am a reasonably new horse owner and my 18 year old quarter horse has flat feet. At this point she is bare foot. We have her on a good nutrition routine and regular farrier visits. But I noticed that she avoids gravel at every chance and I took her out trail riding last week and it was a struggle to keep her on the path and off of the grassy area on the side where she was running me into the trees. Of course the suggestion is put shoes on her. But I am reading that shoes are not that great full time on a horse. So I am considering rubber boots that I would put on her when she is out in the pasture. I am interested in your opinion boots or shoes?

  121. balto317

    October 22, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Hello Stacy! I’ve never commented on your blog before but I’ve followed for a while now.
    You are an amazing rider. You have such a good way with horses.
    I’m one of those girls who want to ride and have their own horse more than anything in the world.
    Thank you, your are such an inspiration and I hope I’ll get a chance to be almost as good as you.

  122. Ivalo

    October 24, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Hej Stacy, thanks for your great work and efforts to make the world a better place for horses. I want to ask you if you can give me the link to your blog about traumatized and abused horses? I found it very well written and would like to share it with people that are adopting horses from miserable places here in Denmark. greetings, EaZy Horses

    • Stacy

      November 7, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      I’m not sure which blog you are referring to…there are several that touch around that topic but I can’t seem to think of one to send you to.

  123. Anna

    November 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    What can a person do when there horse has heaves?
    Every fall and winter my mare gets heaves an every time i take her to the vet they say shes healthy. October to may she gets bad if feed the wrong hay.

  124. Liz

    November 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Hey Stacy!
    I have had my gelding for about two years and he has had/has the same habit since I bought him. He nudges people VERY often and very roughly. I’ve only talked to a few people on this matter and they all said bop him on the nose. Not only am I not comfortable with doing this, it has never eliminated the nudging and every time I went to touch his face he would flip his head up. I really need your help and opinion! What should I do when he nudges people? Thank you!

  125. Christine

    December 2, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Stacy, my horse, Dixie, has learned and mastered placing two front feet on a small box. Now, I think she could master all four feet on a pedestal. Any advice on how to teach her to do this? And how big the box should be? She’s a 12 yr old QH BTW. I think if I ask her to move forward in order to get her back feet up she will just step off the box. Thanks!

  126. Gillian

    December 6, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Stacey, can you explain the differences between a lunge whip and a carrot stick? Which do you recommend for starting horses? Do you have preferences for different lunging aids for different circumstances? Thanks.

  127. kendall chiate

    December 9, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Hey Stacy, aside from all of the “I’m a huge fan of your work” that I could bore you with, I have a huge problem that has made my horse very dangerous. I understand that you aren’t a vet, and a vet has even dismissed my problem and was of no help, but my horse tucks his tail between his rear end, and keeps his back legs tight and they hit when he jogs. the problem has worsened, and he has trampled me, tried to buck me off (he hasn’t done that in all the years I’ve owned him) and it is evident he does it out of anger and pain. any ideas? vet says it has nothing to do with his back. I’d like to get him feeling better and back to work! thank you!

    • Stacy

      December 11, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Wow, can you send a video of that? I don’t think I have seen anything like it. I would get multiple vet opinions and consider equine chiropractor…but do find one that comes recommended. When I was in Ohio there was a vet that did chiropractic and acupuncture, someone like that would be perfect.

  128. Kathy

    December 10, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Stacy~!
    I have a 14 year old Paint gelding named Picasso, when I tie him up he pulls on the lead rope like crazy(And at times breaks it) in the stall/cross ties. He has also broken down a stall door and a gate with his crazy antics, do you have any ideas to what I can do to stop this behavior?

    Thanks SOOOOOOOOOOOO much for your help!

    • Stacy

      December 11, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Without being able to see him I would recommend finding someone experienced in your area that could help you start over with him. It sounds like he is missing some pieces of his training but it would be best for someone to see him and explain things to you with some hands on examples.

  129. Christine Carr

    December 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Stacy, have you ever trained a horse to place all four feet on a pedestal? Any advice? My mare, Dixie, has mastered her two front feet on the pedestal. I’m struggling with teaching her to put her back feet up. Thanks!

  130. Christine Carr

    December 11, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Have you ever trained a horse to place all four feet on a pedestal! Any advice? My horse has mastered her two front feet but we are struggling a bit with the two back feet. She keeps stepping off. 🙂

  131. Sheree-Lee MacNaught

    December 23, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Hi Stacey. What do you feed your horses to keep them in good shape

    • Stacy

      February 6, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      I feed Buckeye Gro’ N Win and a mix of alfalfa hay and grass hay. Sometimes hay cubes when we are on the road too.

  132. heather

    December 30, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Hi Stacy! I have been following your blog for almost a year now and I love the knowlegde you share. I have a coming on 4 Year old filly who recently has gone to tossing her head lately when being ask to slow down or stop. Sometimes i almost feel hard on her mouth when she goes to jerking the reins when tossing her head as i am already applying some pressure. What could I do to stop this behavior? I wouldnt like her to turn this into a habit everything I ask her to slow down or stop.

  133. Cindy Overton

    January 6, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Stacy ; love your blogs ! I have a problem with a new mare we got this summer . I have 3 geldings – a 16 hand 5 yr old , a 14 hand 15 yr old & a 14 hand 28 yr old. When we first got her she buddied up with the 15 yr old & everyone got along just fine . In November I took her along with my 5 yr old to southern Illinois to Shawnee nat forest for a weekend trail ride – wanted to see how she did on trails before I let my 9 yr old granddaughter handle her on trails . I switched off riding the 2 taking one & then the other . Since I’ve gotten back home she now charges -kicks & bites the one she first buddied up to – won’t let him in the barn or even the lot to the barn . I have to stand next to her before he feels safe enough to come the barn . She hasn’t buddied up to my big guy that I took on trails with her & she doesn’t seem to pick on the older one either . I’m at a loss as to what to do if I need to shut them in stalls if weather gets bad -my barn has 3 stalls -one large enough for 2 & 2 separate ones . Before her I put my 16 hand in large stall & the other 2 ran in the 2 stalls together -they have free access to all the stalls or I can pen 3 separately if I need too . I feed them separately shutting them in stalls & feed her outside under roof overhang -as soon as I open doors the one she picks on bolts out afraid she will corner him in there & she comes in with ears laid back . Any suggestions ??

  134. Christy

    January 7, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Hi Stacy!
    I have a question about engaging a young horse when working in the round pen. I notice that even in the first video with Jack, you were able to keep his attention and he responded nicely to you. I have a 20 month old filly that I just started with. When in the round pen she is so consumed with running in a circle that she does not respond to any cues. How do I get her to start paying attention to my cues?

  135. Shanly

    January 9, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Mrs. Westfall!
    I have a question about the NRHA. Do you have to join the NRHA to compete in regular Reining and freestyle reining?

    • Stacy

      February 4, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      The different shows offer different classes. Most NRHA shows offer a Green Reiner class where you don’t have to be a member (double check as the rules are different each year/each club). Some smaller shows offer reining that isn’t associated with the NRHA so you don’t need a membership. Small shows also offer freestyle without membership. The freestyles I have shown in were big NRHA classes so I had to be a member. Here is a link to the NRHA website list of events (click here)
      Going to a show to watch and ask questions is a great way to learn.

  136. Laura

    January 15, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Hello Stacy.
    I am a sophomore in high school in Findlay, Ohio. When I got my first horse almost three years ago, I went on a horseback rider celebrity craze. I found out that you attended the University of Findlay and thought that was so cool! I take my horse, Invited A Flower, to the U of F western farm for lessons with Mark Smith. I don’t know if you know him or not, but his wife is the coach of my IEA team! I just wanted to let you know that I think you are an incredible horsewoman and your blog is AMAZING! I don’t know any other famous riders who do so much for their fans.

    Just a few related questions…in this cold winter weather, how much time do you recommend warming up/cooling down your horses when riding them (indoors)? Do you use a cooler blanket? I normally walk her around for 10 minutes before and after.

    Laura Harper

    • Stacy

      February 6, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      Laura, You are in good hands out a the Western Farm. I have gotten to know Mark over the last few years and knew most of the other instructors from my time there as a student. My warm up and cool down changes some depending on the length and intensity of each ride. I would follow their recommendations. I do use a cooler in that crazy Ohio winter weather.

  137. Prema

    January 19, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Hi Stacy!
    I have a question regarding saddle fit that I’ve been trying to solve for awhile now. I have a 16hh 16yr old Quarter Horse with very high withers. Just recently I noticed that when I put a saddle on him the bottom of the gullet would rest on top of his withers(I have stopped riding since as the conditions are not ideal for riding right now, and I’m hoping to solve the problem before I start riding again as I do not want to hurt him). I’m not sure if I’m just not putting the saddle on correctly or what is happening. Any suggestions to help keep that gullet off his withers? I’ve been looking into a saddle pad or something of the sort to help. If a picture would help I have some.

    • Stacy

      February 6, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      My suggestion would be to call Stagecoach West at Phone – 1-800-648-1121. When I chose to make a saddle with someone, I chose them because they have great customer service, carry lots of saddles, and want to help the customer get a great fit. I think talking with them is your best bet to decide if you simply need a different pad to help this issue (which is possible) or if there is more going on than only the pad fit. Give them a call and tell them I sent you.

  138. Tee Jay White

    January 22, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    My Name is Tee Jay White, i am a freshman in High Schooll, we are studying Equine Science in Ag Class! I would like to get your email to ask you some questions!

    • Stacy

      March 4, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      The email is info-at-westfallhorsemanship-dot-com

  139. paulastevens7

    January 25, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Hi Stacy, me again. You answered my question about horse careers. I am dyslexic and I was planning on studying to become a DVM that specializes in horses. I’ve been corresponding with a vet who said my dyslexia may pose a problem. Not only will I have to work harder than most in college throughout math, but I’ll have to try not to flip dosage amounts,weights,etc when working on the horses. She suggested I find another equine career, such as stable manager, instructor or trainer of horses. While I plan on doing all three and owning a stable, those jobs don’t bring in a lot of equity. I want to study to do something that involves horses, but I haven’t found any that won’t tax my brain or leave me half broke. I’m going to graduate soon, and I need to decide eventually as college is coming up. What did you study and major as? Do you have suggestions for a equine job that a dyslexic person could do well? Thanks 🙂

  140. Brenda Stone

    January 31, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Wanted to share a awesome product I found with you . Equipride. Made by sweet pro feeds. I know you hear about a lot of products but this is worth you checking out on your own time , on your own computer or iPad. It keeps the horses gut working properly in all situations. Stress, travel. God Bless you in all you do.

  141. Bethany

    February 2, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Stacy, I have been looking into what I want to do when I graduate and I want to be a trainer like you and your husband are. My family doesn’t think that I will be able to provide for myself but I really want to do this. I love horses and I love to train, I have been training for three years and the more I learn to teach my horse the more I fall in love with it. Do you have any suggestions on colleges around West Virginia?

  142. Brian Moser

    February 9, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Dear Stacy Westfall
    I got off the phone with Best of American by horseback and they have sent a e-mail Tom Seay about the infomations on Norco CA as to were he had stay at with his horsethere if you want to join me at Tenn this year in May you need to contact Bes of American By horseback 1-540-829-9555 to reister for the ride if you are coming if not and you want to ride with need us sometime this year to call and they wil set you up for any ride this year or anytime when I get the infomations from them I will sent it to you right now they are making the DVD of the ride in Norco CA and when it is done that might have the localtions on the DVD but I am working on this for you and soon as I get the it I will past it on to you Tom is in Tombstone AZ and he is on the trail filmming

    Sign Brian Moser Wangler For Best of American by horseback

  143. Marie Broberg

    February 9, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Hi Stacy. I enjoy following your travels and respect your advice. I have just purchased a 2 year old paint horse that I plan to show. It seems there are a variety of opinions as to how soon to ride or work a young horse. I would greatly appreciate your input.

  144. Phoenix Ray

    February 14, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Hi my name is phoenix im 13 and I was wondering how long it took you to train Roxy to respond so well without a bridle. I have 3, 5 year olds need to be broke and I thought it would be fun to be able to ride like you with them.

    • Stacy

      April 28, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      It took me about 800 hours of training before I took the bridle off the first time and then I had about 1,000 hours before the famous ride. It takes lots of work, find someone near you to ride with and get instructions from and get really, really great with the bridle before you ever consider it. And talk with a pro.

      • tessa1the1reiner

        April 29, 2015 at 10:09 am

        thank you so much for the tips!

  145. Anna Berlinger

    February 15, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Hello Stacy Westfall!

    I wanted to ask a quick training question. I have seen all your videos of Newt and other horses whom you allow to think a problem through. I love how you don’t automatically give them the answer but let them think about it. I have tried this with my horse, but she stops trying. She thinks the training method is the end goal. Like teaching to lie down for instance. I stood for a half hour last time with her leg up (by a rope) waiting for her to relieve the pressure by even tilting backward slightly. She didn’t budge and even started to close her eyes. So, I gave in and gave her a slight “back up” cue with the lead rope. She tried to hop backward and then stopped. Eventually, I did get her to “see saw” backward once (so I could stop on a good note), but she didn’t come to the conclusion; I had to ask for it. Coming down the wire, here’s my actual question: Does the “letting them think it through” system work for all horses or are some too content to just “sit there”?

  146. Rochelle McFeely

    February 26, 2015 at 2:08 am

    I watched this and thought of you and your bond with your horses and wanted to share it with you. I hope you enjoy!

  147. Kayla POwers

    March 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Hi Stacy,
    Do you offer an internship program?

    • Stacy

      April 28, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      I don’t right now. I am living in a motor home full time and moving around a lot…but some day I hope to!

  148. Maria

    March 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Stacy,

    I have a question. I’m just starting to lease a horse, a 14 y/o QH mare who is fully trained. She just came from having acres of pasture to a small pipe stall, so she is a little amped up when I take her out to ride. I have unlimited access to her for just a few months before her owner moves her again. I feel bad just riding her without building a groundwork relationship first.

    That being said, what would be some good exercises to do with her to build a relationship and improve my experience with her? Given my limited amount of time with her, I’m not sure where to start. It might be worth mentioning that when being lead, she is slightly pushy as well.

    Thank you in advance for your response!

  149. Morgen Durga

    April 7, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Hi, Im a senior at Traverse City Central high school in Traverse City Michigan, and I am conducting a research project on mustang conservation. I was wondering if I could perhaps talk with you about your experiences with mustangs, and your opinions on what’s going on in the west. Thank you for your time!

    • Stacy

      April 7, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      I think I found an email from you too. I haven’t trained any mustangs so I may not be your best resource…I will try to find your email again. I saw it on my phone but my app wasn’t letting me reply.

  150. Christine Carr

    April 9, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Hi Stacy. I saw you do a video where you mounted the horse without the cinch being attached on the saddle. I was wondering what you thought of devices like this (Solo Ride that are supposed to help people get into the saddle. Do you think it’s actually safe for the horse and ok for their back/?

  151. Tessa

    April 13, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Hi there! My name is Tessa and I am doing “Genius Hour” in school. Genius hour is where teachers give their students 1 hour each day (in my case 1 day a week) to work on a question we are passionate about. I’m in grade 7 and I’ve been an western rider for 7 years. I’m doing my question on “why do horses trust humans?”. Part of our project is to contact a professional who may be able to help… and I was hoping if we could skype or FaceTime sometime so I can ask a few questions on my topic? I’ve tried contacting Amber Marshall too but that hasn’t helped yet. It would be INCREDIBLE if you could give me some tips an answer my questions! I’m presenting my project in an video, and I want to try a few things I’ve never tried before. I want to try loping bare back, but I seem to have bad ballence, any tips? I want to try tackles riding (at a walk) around the round pen, but my horse doesn’t respond well without pressure, do you think trying a neckrope may help? Or how did you teach your horse to respond to stop without pressure? Again, those are just tips in asking for. I also have a few questions that would be a lot easier to ask through skype or FaceTime. I’ve tried facebooking you but my phone wouldn’t load your page. I really hope you can skype some time to help me with my project, it is coming to be due soon, so if you can skype or even have time to gmail me (my gmail is ) it would be my dream come true😊

    • Stacy

      April 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Tessa, Those are some pretty big questions! Don’t try anything new for the video without your parents and/or a pro there. It takes lots of training to get the horses safe. I can’t do Skype or FaceTime but I could do email for some questions.

  152. Janice Hill

    May 15, 2015 at 3:17 pm


    Just wanted to say how much I love your blog. First heard about you when I saw “the video” on you tube that claimed you were deaf mute but even though I later found out that wasn’t true it was still an incredible performance. I don’t think think I will ever aspire to the levels you have reached having only discovered riding at 35 but I find you very inspirational. I have just bought my first horse a few months ago and it is going quite well despite some trials and tribulations. I’m very much a happy hacker but having your own is a huge step up from riding at a school or pony trekking as I am learning. My biggest problem is since the spring grass arrived I can’t catch her in the field. She is lovely on the ground in the stable and on the yard and once you catch her she doesn’t resist but even with a head collar on I can’t catch her in the field. She isn’t that interested in treats although she will snatch them and run away before you can grab her. I’ve tried ignoring her, not looking at her as I approach her, treats, not letting her eat and keeping her moving in the hope she will get bored and come to me. I don’t think she is scared or head shy as such just doesn’t want to be caught. I end up bringing in the whole field to get her to come in but the other owners don’t really like this and it is not a long term solution. I know she has been difficult to catch in the past before I bought her. She is ten years old. Any suggestions?


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