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DO NOT ENTER

Well, well, well . . .

How did you end up here? Did you ignore the warning? Did you calculate the risk? Did you hesitate at first or did you jump right in? The answers to these questions can tell you a lot about yourself.

The first time I saw something like this I slid my mouse over the link to see if it was live. It was. I wondered who would put a live link on their website that advised, “Do Not Enter,” but still let people choose to click it. I didn’t click, I even left the site. But that button kept bugging me. I returned to the site three or four times and each time, I passed my mouse over the link. Who would do such a thing? Where did it lead?

Eventually I fell for it. I took the bait. I clicked. Stop and think just how awful the consequences of my choice could have been. What if I had lost my whole computer? Come to think of it, what if YOU had lost YOUR whole computer? And for what? Just to satisfy your curiosity!

Next time you wonder how strong a motivator curiosity can be just remember this Do Not Enter button.

Somehow this all ties into one of my favorite things to consider – freedom of choice. I didn’t make you click here – you made that choice all on your own. Sure, I set up the opportunity but you made the choice.

That same scenario applies to so many areas of life – including horse training. When you train a horse well what you’re doing is teaching it how to make good choices. Allowing the horse to make good choices also means giving the horse the opportunity to make bad choices.

When I work my horses at liberty, when I ride with no bridle, my horses have tremendous freedom of choice. The mare Maggie can run away from Roxy and me instead of keeping close to our side, as I want her to. I give her that choice and when she chooses to run off, I make her work harder so that the next time she considers leaving, she’ll think twice, and probably make the right choice. My bridle-less horses could take off in any direction, but because I’ve spent much time and effort forging a cooperative relationship with them, they choose to be directed by my legs and seat.

If you live your life dedicated to learning, then your choices will get better as well. After all, I believe that freedom of choice is a gift from God. God even gives us the choice to choose him, or not. Β We can use it to learn or we can use it to do as we please. Each choice we make has a consequence, and if we pay attention, we’ll begin to recognize the patterns in the right choices we make.

So, you made a choice and clicked here today. Not a good choice or a bad choice in and of itself, but hopefully a choice you’ll learn a little something from. I hope you enjoyed this little detour in life and if this is the worst consequence you suffer for disobeying, then things won’t be too bad.

Please do me one favor though. After you leave this page, although I hope you want to tell your friends about it, PLEASE DON’T! What might be better would be to send them to our website. Just recommend the site, the home page. Then later, after they say they have visited, THEN ask if they were caught too.

 

113 responses to “DO NOT ENTER

  1. Debbie Hunt

    September 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I just jumped in to see what kind of ride I would have! lol thanks for all your blog.

     
  2. Sue Jayne

    September 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    me too!! fun !!!

     
  3. Nikki

    October 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    πŸ™‚ i hesitated at first, but then thought…. hm what can happen….. i can only learn…. πŸ˜‰
    i found something beautiful… a nice blog…. thank you, stacy.
    πŸ™‚

     
  4. Wendy in Sun Valley, CA

    October 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I did the same thing…didn’t do it, thought about it and then thought why would they put here if you weren’t supposed to look:) Very interesting concepts…glad I peeked.

     
  5. patricia woodruff

    October 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Oh YES, I HAD to do it…I knew that it had to be a joke and I knew it was safe. because of being on this site. I love the mention of God, I kept thinking that Stacy, Jesse and the kids were Christians, that is great…that is WHY her life, family (and her horses) is going along so well.

     
  6. Donna

    October 17, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Giggled at the “Do Not Enter” and then clicked! I guess it says something about my personality allright…I love a challenge! I enjoy reading your blog and love your videos and positive vibe. Thanks for the challenge today…;-)

     
  7. luposineEveline

    October 18, 2011 at 4:42 am

    jumped right in – even before I hit the home-button πŸ˜€
    and it was sure worth it!

     
  8. Teena Rossiter

    October 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Ya..ok..so I’m not as bold. It took me a couple of weeks before I pushed the button…yes a couple of weeks! πŸ™‚ I’m noticing that I get scared off easily from certain situations. Unfortunately my horse scared me off. She did something very out of character and I’ve never been so scared of a horses’s actions before. I’m going to watch Stacy’s training DVD’s again and get out there. Wish me luck everyone!!

    Teena Rossiter

     
  9. Michele Strotman

    October 27, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Actually, my thoughts were the exact same as yours – “Why would someone put a DO NOT ENTER” button on their site. But, I’m a daredevil so clicking was only natural for me.

    LOVE the way you write and your humble nature is shockingly fresh. You’ve earned your fame. Bask in it – even if for one glorious minute (or two, or three….) Just remember to learn from your mistakes (do you make any?), give thanks where it’s due and give the little people (me!) a nod of appreciation.

    Keep on inspiring. You’re doin’ a darned fine job at it!

     
    • Stacy

      October 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      lol, I think there will be a failure blog each week at this rate, My last public one was addressed in ‘Saturday Night Failure’. I am working on more though…

       
      • Katzarr Montgomery

        March 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

        Tried to ignor 3 of 4 times returning to the site; finally keyed on anyway; You have great words of “wisdom’ for someone so young; Keep up the good work,,, ps. will think a little harder from now on when addressed with the “do not enter” parts of “life…. obviously, you have LEARNED a lot about yourself and other people, from working with/being around horses;; sometimes they are the Best teachers.

         
  10. Neighgirl

    November 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

    You fooled me, I thought what harm could it do, and why would it be on this if it weren’t to read.LOL

     
  11. Cara Barker Yellott

    November 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Sometimes we need to be bold and question authority instead of mindlessly obeying. Especially when we know we have a good virus blocker installed. πŸ˜‰

     
  12. Lisa Gallahar

    November 7, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I didn’t hesitate. I simply trusted you, as your horses trust you, to teach me something. I learned. thank you Stacey.

     
  13. LINDA

    November 10, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I finally took the time to see what would happen if I clicked on the DO NOT ENTER. What could happen? Thanks!!!!

     
  14. Blly Reed

    November 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    The temptation was just too much, but then again I have always been a “damn the consequences” kind of guy…. You truly are an amazing person.

     
  15. Billy Reed

    November 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I hate it when that happens…

     
  16. Jen

    December 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    lol I pondered it all day! Then I just “had” to click on it. Thanks for the lovely reminder that’s applicable to all aspects of our lives, both around the horses and elsewhere πŸ™‚ Cheers and blessings!

     
  17. lynda kirkness

    December 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I trusted you and your website. I did not take a second to think about it. I was sure there would be something good even though I had no idea what to expect. What does this tell me about myself??? LOL

     
  18. Danielle

    December 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I didn’t hesitate. I just went for it not thinking of what could happen. I learned not to take that risk again. I will warn my friends on Facebook by just putting a link to the home page. They need to lean about the risk also.

     
  19. Anna Mae Gold

    December 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    “If you live your life dedicated to learning, then your choices will get better as well. After all, I believe that freedom of choice is a gift from God. God even gives us the choice to choose him, or not.”

    Dear Stacy, this is what I have been contemplating for the last few weeks. A dream has been conceived in me and I wonder if you can relate to it and better yet, give me some pointers…

    I am facinated by playing at liberty and bridleless riding. My dream is to play with my horses in a similar fashion as God plays with us… Let’s face it, God plays with us at liberty! The only reason we play with Him is because we feel better when we do. Life is simply better, easier, more joyful and all of that good stuff WITH God. If we wander off, sure, go ahead… Contrary to popular belief, God is not gonna condemn us… but WE are! We are condemning ourselves to a pretty frightening and lonely place when we leave his side.

    So here’s my dream… Can I be unto my horses what God is unto me? Can I be that source of pure positive energy, safety, wellbeing and joy that my horses just LOVE to be around. So much so that they allow me on their back, follow my lead and do all kinds of neat stuff with me. For the sheer joy of it. For the pleasure of connecting with one another.

    That’s my dream. Any ideas??

    Much love to you and yours, Anna Mae

     
  20. Anna Mae Gold

    December 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    This is where I first formulated my dream: http://annamaegold.blogspot.com/2011/12/i-have-dream-rumi.html

     
  21. LINDA

    December 23, 2011 at 8:46 am

    AMG — beautiful!!!

     
  22. the YOU show a/k/a superbooks7

    December 31, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Throughout life, I have learned that there are so many things that people say that you “can not do”. And yet, sometimes I prove them wrong. For me, the best lesson is that no one knows what a human being is capable of doing, of succeeding , except God and that human being. So, it is kind of a rule with me, listen to “me” when it comes to making decisions. As long as my decision or choice does not harm me or someone else or God, then I go with my inner instincts, my gut instinct. That’s never, ever been wrong. As for this page, DO NOT ENTER, I trust that a person like you would only have good pages on their website, and so, yes, I did click. There are other websites where I would not have clicked, would not have ventured into -had they said Do not enter. In fact, most of them. I listen to the warning. You have to take each situation separately and not judge one as you judge the other. Naw, I wasn’t “caught”. I came here quite willingly, and with eyes open and heart trusting. Thanks for this blog—great job, done well!

     
  23. Anna Mae Gold

    January 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Stacy, I just HAD to do it… Create my own DO NOT ENTER tap on my blog http://annamaegold.blogspot.com/.

    It’s totally different and became more of a disclaimer but I just wanted to let you know that YOU inspired me to do this! You rock!

     
  24. Juanita

    January 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Interesting the different reasons everyone clicked on the “Do Not Enter” button. I decided it was some sort of test of my decision making. Never even crossed my mind that there was any danger regarding my computer etc. Especially knowing the kind of person you are Stacy. You would not put anyone at risk. Clicked the button because I am naturally a very curious person. I HAD to find out what it was, and I did. Cute Stacy.

     
  25. Jim Marinelli

    February 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Stacy – I clicked it because it was on your website and I trust you would not put something out there that was dangerous to me or my computer. Had this been an “unknown” web site I doubt I would ever have clicked that link. I’m a computer guy so I am wary of the unknown.
    I figured you has some reason for putting a link like that on your webpage. And as I suspected, there was something to learn there. So for me, clicking that link was definitely a good choice followed by a good lesson.
    Thanks!
    Jim Marinelli

     
  26. Donnell Cameron

    February 10, 2012 at 5:48 am

    This is the first time I have visited this site and I just dived straight in and clicked the forbidden button. What does that say about me? Who knows but I’m glad I did, awesome little side track, thankyou. I will be back

     
  27. Lead Mare

    February 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Next to the sad news about Roxy, what could be sadder about the consequences of an obvious psychological trick? I clicked w/o hesitation.

    At my age and horsemanship level, I am not going to jump 6′ fences. I can only click on seductively dangerous looking buttons.

     
  28. Rebecca

    February 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I knew it had to be something good….didn’t hesitate to click! Love your words of wisdom and am destroyed by your loss of Roxie. Lots of love from your horse friends in Northern Ca. Remember ” Cowgirl Up…or go cry in the truck!”

     
  29. Brenda Pietrzak

    February 12, 2012 at 3:14 am

    I clicked, assumed it was safe, and enjoyed the lesson. Love the way you integrate your methods of training into your daily life. The same method, works with dogs as well. It’s wonderful to see people like yourself, educating others, that results and choice are synonymous. And patience.
    A heartfelt thank you for the wake up call! πŸ™‚

    Brenda

     
  30. Brenda Pietrzak

    February 12, 2012 at 3:33 am

    An added footnote here. My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your amazing soulmate, Roxie. And a thank you for sharing her with the world, so other’s may see what is possible between an animal and a human. My prayers are with you and your family, and Roxie’s herd.
    Infinate blessings and hugs, from Canada.

     
  31. Marcia Bryant

    February 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Hey Stacy! πŸ™‚
    I love this blog — I saw that it said “Do Not Enter” and decided that it was there for a reason — for me to click on! πŸ™‚ We went to High School together. Glad to see that you have a personal relationship with God!! So sorry to hear about Roxie. Will be praying for you

     
  32. Marcia Bryant

    February 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Sorry I spelled her name wrong. Roxy!

     
  33. Barbara Berg

    February 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I did not hesitate, but if i would have hesitated when i test rode my gelding & was almost killed when he went over backwords on me, & then still bought him after all that; well i would have missed out on my one in a million horse. Just like Roxy he was special, & he too was 11 yr when i lost him to EPM. he was like my right arm, we used one brain together. i cant explain it but when i took that big risk I knew i was being guided by God & i knew it was the right thing to do. sometimes i can here Him clearly & i am so grateful i did both then & now! thanks Stacey & Thank You God πŸ™‚

     
  34. Val TwoWolves

    March 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Of course I had to click on it–I hovered over it once & looked @ something else, but curiosity finally got the best of me!

     
  35. Nicole

    March 4, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    …I hesitated, then clicked right away…because..I thought what could happen, after all its a safe blog, written by a wonderful horsewoman!… But, thanks for the lesson πŸ˜‰
    I love what you said about the freedom to choose…that is sooo true!!
    I hope that I can be as good a trainer are you are, someday.
    -Nicki

     
  36. poweredbyred

    March 8, 2012 at 7:22 am

    curiosity – the desire to know something….

     
  37. horsehavenabc

    March 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Measured the risks while I looked around and clicked every button but…. In the end – just too much temptation. Free will is wonderful – His will is Awesome!

     
  38. Joanne Marino

    May 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Gosh – that took me about 1 minute from signing up for your blog to pushing that button! LOL! But reading your wise words reminded me of one of the most profound things I was told as a very green very new horse owner (just a few years ago!), and that was to “never, never, never do anything to stop the horse’s curiosity”… Thanks for the reminder, and very sorry for you recent loss – I am heartbroken but am also “ok” knowing how all your horses live each day honored – that is a gift!

     
  39. Janice

    May 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I jumped in because I trusted you and this site. Trust rewarded with great wisdom!

     
  40. Brad

    June 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Caught or rewarded? … I can’t help but be in awe of all this … this entire site! As a back slid-den christian you remind me how far off the path I have gotten. Your work with Roxy is awe-inspiring. And to think you are local (Mt. Vernon here) is further indication that talent from God is not rare or unique, just some are better at amplifying and illustrating it. And it helps that you and Roxy were gifts to each other! May your blessing in life thus far, pale to what lies ahead!

     
  41. nrhareiner

    July 30, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I have always been a risk taker. I have always gone after things that I wanted. May not have gotten them but I have tried. 99% of it has been on faith. However those risks where very well thought out. I looked at the β€œDo not enter” and weigh the risks. This site the risk was low. A site/link in an email from someone I do not know. That is not a risk I would take. Comes down to what you have learned over the years. When I was driving rock and role busses I had 2 rules. It made the risk and reward so much better and easier for all.

    So take that risk leap out on faith and find your reward. I know I have and with Gods help will continue to do so.

     
  42. kakseter

    October 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    LOL This was fun, while I wait. Im picking up my first horse, this Saturday! Im reading, studying and talking to horse people and after watching a few videos, found the “Do not enter” button.
    First thought; well how strange? Second thought; scared …oh you dummy, why did you? Third thought; but I trust the site, well dont I?
    I than went for it “scary~fast” know a lesson was coming!
    May I make good choices!

     
  43. JR Hyden

    November 28, 2012 at 10:56 am

    just had too

     
  44. Dannette Danowski

    December 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I only recently watched the video of the amazing ride you had with Roxy which led me to your site/blog. I am the mother of a horse crazy girl. We recently bought our first horse, an American Quarter Horse, named “Ranger” a/k/a Hot of the Range. We can tell already that Ranger is devoted to our daughter even though she’s a bit afraid to ride him for fear she’ll somehow ruin all of his training. We can only hope she’ll move past her hesitation and give herself as completely to Ranger as you did with Roxy. We’re hopeful that she’ll “get there” and in the mean time we plan to share as many of your videos we can find. I dove into your unusual “Do Not Enter” challenge without hesitation. Much as I believe you live your life, full out…without hesitation.

     
  45. Julia

    May 11, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I clicked on it because I was curious but also because though I know nothing about you beyond your blog, my heart told me by the way you train and handle your horses that you could be trusted not to be mean enough to have something on your page that would destroy my computer. Plus I have a Mac and most viruses are not made for those systems πŸ˜‰

     
  46. Bekka

    August 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Please please it infuriates me when people post taht Stacey is deaf!!!!!!

     
  47. Anita

    September 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    If you want somebody to do something, just say him/her no to do! πŸ™‚ Therefore I clicked immediately, because I considered it as attractive marketing tool and was curious what will be behind it and I knew that this was a safe page. This was interesting experience!

     
  48. Andrea M

    September 26, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    awesome witness stacy! im a christian as well n i’m so glad to see ur spreading ur faith!! ❀

     
  49. cameron ross

    October 14, 2013 at 9:26 am

    at first I was hesitant then I snapped my hand and it went right into it.

     
  50. Mattea B

    October 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Ooh! It says do not enter! *clicks*
    Really, It’s a beautiful post and I am glad that I clicked it.
    If I didn’t trust the website I may have been hesitant, but before I even gave myself time to think I just clicked it. I am not normally such an outgoing person, so it remains a mystery to me!

     
  51. Fernanda Manhaes AreasCastro

    October 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I love do not enters! I spent a whole life stopping at these words. It takes courage to dare and learn new things. I love horses and want to know more about them each day. Thanks for sharing your knowledge! To click in do not enter was great! I feel really good about clicking and reading your wonderful words! Thanks! Thanks!Thanks!

     
  52. Tina Ghilotti

    October 24, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Good one. I just jumped right in.

     
  53. Lisa

    November 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Touche! Tomorrow night we’re starting a series on the Beatitudes and I came to your site to download the 2006 Roxy ride – talk about a meek horse! – to use with the junior high. Good reminder. Blessings to you.

     
  54. Shelly

    November 14, 2013 at 12:08 am

    I’m kinda like your horses…I put my trust in you. I figured you had a good reason to tweak our natural curiosity to follow this “cue”… πŸ™‚

     
    • Stacy

      November 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      lol!

       
  55. Jason F ~Vegas

    November 19, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I did so in safe mode because I too moused over and saw that it was forwarded to a link… lol very cleaver. I hope that you are thinking of adding more treats (website apples) to your website. it is fun. you inspired me to use them in the future. very coy

     
  56. myhorsejoey1

    November 24, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I love this Blog it’s even better than mine.

     
  57. Paulette Shoemaker

    November 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I just knew there would be a “moral to this story.” You did not disappoint me. Again, I learn
    something new every day – thx, Stacy. A good lesson learned – even for a grandmother πŸ™‚

     
  58. Wendy Wagner

    December 7, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Since you clearly have no malice, and the site is rated safe I saw no reason not to find out what the pitch behind the button was.
    I have a horse like that. Give her half a chance and she will raid the trail camp.

     
  59. Margarete Wilkie

    December 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I have ALWAYS been the one to take the dare!!! LOL! So I couldn’t resist. Glad I didn’t. Great lesson and witness!. Thank you!

     
  60. Lisa Marie

    December 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Enjoyed the lesson(s).Thanks.

     
  61. cheyenne4tn

    December 16, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Well I just jumped right into this one LOL. Great job you are doing with horses.

     
  62. Renee Yetter

    December 17, 2013 at 1:33 am

    To enter, or not enter……that was the question, and enter I did. It is indeed one thing when the Lord says “Do Not Enter,” and quite another when you see it at a website/blog you trust. It looked to me more like an invitation, the “reverse psychology” kind. So in I came, and no regrets. A reminder of the freedoms/choices we are blessed with, and the reality of consequences, is always a good thing. Thanks for the opportunity……..and the reminder πŸ™‚

     
  63. Janette

    December 17, 2013 at 2:06 am

    I have to confess, you got me. I didn’t even think of any possible danger. My main concern now is, it was so much fun. Can I stop myself, next time I see DO NOT ENTER.

     
  64. Sarah

    December 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Yep, you caught me. I visited a few other pages first and then just couldn’t take it anymore. I am glad I did though. It has given me a little insight into horse training. And myself really. Thank you! πŸ™‚

     
  65. Donna Zerrath

    December 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I saw the “do not enter” My first thought was I wonder why they would want you to click this link, because they would not but a link up unless it was the owner of the sites desire for you to click it.

     
  66. Stacy Foster

    December 18, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Looked at it a few times and ignored it. Then today I thought, there must be something great in there. Lol I was right!

     
  67. Roxanne Sapergia

    December 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    LOL I clicked it right away because although I don’t know you, I trust you. I think that says a lot of good things about you!

     
  68. Leslie

    December 24, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    LIke a curious colt..I had to stick my nose in where it might not be welcome ! Thank heavens it was a wonderful discovery ,and not a negative thang to remember like being stung !

     
  69. Jennifer Click

    December 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    With me, rules were made to be broken… or at least stretched, so I clicked. I was ready to live with the consequences. Sometimes you learn a good lesson, breaking the rules. Curiosity is my nature; I am a scientist, after all. I live curious. Sometimes it can lead to wonderful breakthroughs, sometimes not. Life is a journey, not a destination. If you live life with curiosity, you’ll never be bored!

     
  70. christina Rainwater

    December 31, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    First of all never temp me! lol! Love your story, were doing the same. We are leaving Hawaii after 7 years to rescue Horses. We are from Texas and will be some where in the mainland soon! It is when we let go of the things that bind us freely we live free!

    Good luck on your journey! P.s. One man .one woman, two kids and two dogs in tow! see ya around!

     
    • Stacy

      December 31, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Awesome! I want to visit Hawaii and I do hope we find the freedom you speak of:)

       
  71. Sharon

    January 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    The decision to make the choice to ignore the warning came from trust in the one making the suggestion to Do Not Enter. Had it been a site I was not familiar with, I would not have chosen it but because I deem you to be trustworthy, I knew it was really an invitation to something good.

     
  72. Michelle

    January 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    You are such an inspiration Stacy. I love hearing about Jac and watching your videos. Now the nomadic lifestyle. You go girl!!! God bless..β™₯

     
  73. paincanbepositive

    January 23, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Genius!
    Stacy you are great and it moves my soul everytime I see you ride. I just sob.
    I used to ride refiners with Charlie Smith & Dutch Chapman. I sold my las horse in the early 90’s due to back issues. Stayed away from anything horse related til Jan 2014!!! I’m just volunteering @ a school for troubled kids . Feeding a couple mornings a week. Then will help on the therapy riding program. Starting to feel more like me again. ALL BECAUSE OF YOU!!! WATCHING YOUR 1ST BRIDLE-LESS VIDEO CHANGED MY LIFE.
    God Bless You, Sweet Angel
    Thank you

     
  74. nokotadreamer

    January 25, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I entered right as soon as I saw it… yep, I have a reputation for an insatiable curiosity πŸ˜€

     
  75. Luara Blauth

    February 2, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    It looked like a bait, and I believe you’re trustworthy, so I chose to take the bait πŸ˜‰

     
  76. Joelle

    February 11, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I figured it was a test and I wanted to hear what you had to say to those who entered.

     
  77. gotgoatgotmilk

    February 21, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks!

     
  78. Teresa

    March 2, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I had to see for myself ! I’m glad I did !

     
  79. Abby

    March 11, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I clicked on it immediately after seeing “do not enter”

     
  80. Candice

    March 18, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I clicked on it right away, as there is a sense of trust that is gained on the internet. Which you are 100% right there could have been a lot of bad, but glad to find a great message that may give light to others as well.

     
  81. Vicki Corbett

    April 4, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    This screamed at me to click on it….no hesitation. Sooooo worth it. Thanks for the thoughts and the chuckle!

     
  82. Angie

    April 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Nope… I didn’t even hesitate πŸ™‚ but I’m a dive in and get wet kind of gal anyways. Great message and reminder of our choices, and how that carries over to our beloved horses. You are a great example of fulfilling the Creation mandate to take care of His creatures.

     
  83. Dana Oyler - Madera, CA

    April 13, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I clicked immediately. My biggest fault is throwing caution to the wind. I trust the Lord so much I guess I figure he will catch me when I fall. Lol! Well not the times in my life when I have hit the ground after going off a horse but at least he prevented me from ever getting anything hurt but my pride.

     
  84. Lana

    April 28, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I always like to see why people tell me not to click on something. πŸ™‚ I’m so curious that way.

     
  85. Cameron Van Splinter

    May 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I have to admit I have been on your page several times but never saw the link until I was looking for things to critique for your update. I have to admit my only hesitation was how fast could I finish up my suggestions so that I could click on it! I am not typically a thrill seeker or a risk taker (although I am really good at crashing a computer with curiosity) but I did figure this was a safe site. Clicking it today proved to be very beneficial as we have a new rescue in who is bold, curious, hot, was abused, and is going blind… seemed fitting today to stumble into here…

     
  86. Cynthia Taber Parker

    May 23, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    God’s greatest gift was the gift of choice; you can’t learn without choosing…
    Loved the ‘lesson’. I’ve researched many horse trainers; all have something; some have more. You are the one I keep coming back to for confirmation. Thank you.

     
  87. Sharon Richmond

    May 30, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Took me a couple of passes then I said “Nothing ventured…” Love the site Stacy. Well done!

     
  88. Jackie De Joe

    June 2, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Very good, I saw the button thought about it and today I clicked. Nice, I enjoyed the blog.

     
  89. Amanda Ryden

    June 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I figured it was pretty safe to check this out as I was certain you would not be interested in my laptop or even doing my dishes. I like the way you process your training via behavior oriented way, this is how I have learned to train horses, dogs and even cats. It is a lot of fun. Thanks for your blogs and Jac training, it is fun to just keep on learning!!

     
  90. Neva Atkinson

    June 26, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I did not hesitate to enter because I had complete trust in you and this site!

     
  91. Shawntell Gallion

    July 26, 2014 at 8:39 am

    After careful calculation ( about 5 secs) I decided that Stacy and her site was trustworthy, and she wanted me to learn this lesson pretty badly. Hahah. Isn’t that just exactly what we ask of our horses? There’s a monster over there…….I can see it……I don’t know if I should go. Momma keeps telling me to go, so I will trust her and walk right past every ounce of survival instinct that I have. We were led here by the lead mare we all trust. Which I believe is the most important lesson in horsemanship… Trust.

     
  92. Cheryl Steffen

    July 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I am a jump in and so be it person. It is after all, just a computer. And life can be too short to not try things. Just a trail riding, western pleasure loving my Morgans woman since I was 9 and I’m 54 now…I believe I need a couple of your dvds. Fun for me & our geldings to do something new. You and Jesse are amazing horse people – thank you for sharing with all of us and there is no harm in making a living from it.

     
  93. Kara Baratta

    August 1, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I came here because “someone” told me I had to… so I was obedient. Well done! πŸ™‚

     
  94. Karmen

    August 5, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I hovered, then decided to “just click”. Maybe there was something to learn? And there was πŸ™‚

     
  95. Jackie

    August 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Just checking in to see when the last time someone posted. I love the post, its like horses; you get curious. πŸ™‚

     
  96. Calamity Rene

    October 14, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I am so bad. I didn’t even hesitate. I saw the “Do Not Enter” and I thought, “Ooo, looks fun!” I didn’t even think that perhaps it was a virus or something. Ha ha, well, your lesson did teach me something, Mrs. Westfall. I realized that I have a bit of a contrary spirit (which I shall work on) and that it’s important for me to let my horse make choices for himself. Sometimes I get so frustrated because I know he’s going to make the wrong choice, but that doesn’t mean I should make him choose the right thing. That isn’t freedom. I explained this to my brother the other day that if God just made everyone be good that it wouldn’t be true love. True love is when God gives us the option of choosing His gift, and even though it’s really un-smart not to choose His gift, He’s not going to force us.

    Good thought for the day. I’m so glad you started a blog and I chanced upon it today! And, though I should have thought it through a bit, I’m glad I touched that “Do Not Enter” button. πŸ™‚ Thank you!

     
    • Stacy

      October 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      I still love reading the comments that I get on this page…thanks for sharing the lessons you learned (and taught your brother)…may all the others who come here enjoy them also!

       
  97. Shelley

    November 19, 2014 at 12:46 am

    This is interesting Stacy, I didn’t hesitate. Normally I wouldnt even consider it, but because I have been following you for so long and feel I have formed a relationship and trust for you, I know that you wouldnt do anything to cause harm and that it would just be one of your quirky little things. Cheers Shelley from Australia

     
  98. Rebecca G

    November 26, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Very sneaky… I enjoyed this blog especially for the message. Thank you Stacy! My mare and I came a long way VERY FAST thanks to you and your insight. And I’ve only owned her five months 😁

     
  99. Belinda K.

    December 7, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I “entered” because I figured it was something you really wanted us to see (reverse psychology?) and since I trusted your site, I did indeed enter! I enjoy this site very much. Thank you!

     
  100. Cindy Overton

    January 6, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    I see I’m not the only one to “disobey” :0) Glad I did – I love your posts & always learn something ! And I didn’t hesitate at all – was looking for your message . Thank you !!

     
  101. Naj

    January 12, 2015 at 6:38 am

    The rebel in me clicked as soon as i noticed it πŸ™‚

     
  102. Connie

    February 9, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    How could I pass it up? I clicked on it without hesitation!! I felt there was something to learn if I clicked, and I was right!! Love watching your videos and reading your messages. Thank you for all you do for all us horse lovers!!

     
  103. Em

    March 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I didn’t even think about it. I clicked on it immediately. No hesitation. Do not enter what? *click*

     
  104. Logan Darrow

    March 20, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I clicked on it because I trusted you πŸ™‚

     
  105. Mary

    March 27, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    I like a horse was curious. The horse can be taught using their curiosity and so can I. It also shows I am a risk taker which when working with horses shows I am ready to do different things and try new adventures. And you are right sometimes thinking first is good. I left and came back as so many people I trusted the site.

     

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