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Do you want to understand the whole steering process...so you could figure out what to work on next?
Do you feel confused at times about which aid to use when?
Do you wish you could simplify the aids you're giving your horse?
Does your horse seem frustrated...and you suspect your inconsistency could be to blame?
In this course, Stacy clearly explains the stages of training, the techniques in each stage, how she uses them, and why.
If you are a rider who strives to understand training from the horse's point of view, with actionable instructions on how to train your own horse, this course is for you.
“For many years I could never get Hildy to slow down and I really wanted to learn how to ride one handed. I tried to get professional advice locally but no one could help me. I had pretty much lost hope on Hildy ever slowing down and being able to ride one handed until Stacy taught me---"The Second Hand Slide". When I learned about the "Second Hand Slide" and the "Hug" my horse totally changed!!! She slowed down, became collected, and it felt AWESOME!!!
I still cannot believe that my horse can walk/trot/canter nicely, with a collected frame while I am riding one handed. This was a HUGE breakthrough with my horse. Thank you so much Stacy for always providing easy to understand lessons and techniques that I can follow and apply with my horse. The results have been OUTSTANDING and I am so HAPPY!!” -Martina Brown & Hildy
About the Course
"I’ve been riding and showing for over 25 years, my horse is a well-broke veteran, and we compete successfully, so I thought this class would just be something I’d tuck away for if I ever decided to start a young horse. Instead, the simplicity in which Stacy breaks down each element of steering exposed substantial holes in my own understanding of rein communication! After working through the course, our communication has improved tremendously. Things I used to think my horse just “couldn’t do” (such as keeping a consistent bend on a neck rein) we are doing easily and consistently.
I am a college professor, and I assure you the course is extremely well designed and offers an easy to navigate, go-at-your-own-pace experience. Whether you’re a visual, audio, or kinesthetic learner, varied examples are provided to cover all learning styles. This class was absolutely worth the investment." -Rebecca
What is an 'Audio Ride Guide"?
Changing habits can be challenging. But gone are the days of trying to remember what the instructor said as you practice new techniques. With Stacy's Audio Ride Guides, you'll be coached through each technique while you practice riding the pattern she's taught you.
Great insight and an effective teaching style have made Stacy Westfall one of the most popular and sought-after clinicians in the horse industry.
Stacy Westfall is an AQHA and NRHA Freestyle Reining Champion who dazzled the horse world by winning top-level competitions while riding both bridleless and bareback. Her famous Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Reining Championship ride, seen by millions on the Internet, led worldwide acclaim and appearances on the Ellen Degeneres Show.
In addition to her accomplishments within the reining arena, Stacy Westfall was the first woman to win the highly competitive Road to the Horse colt starting competition. In 2012 Stacy was also inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. With her husband, Jesse, she presents clinics at venues worldwide to inspire and teach people how to build better relationships with their horses.
PreviewFree Downloadable Guide to Understanding Steering Cues
Preview1.0 Welcome! Let's take a look at the course. (5:19)
Start1.1 Tips to maximize your success with this course (4:44)
Start1.2 Understanding the stages of training (12:06)
Preview1.3 The Riders Mind: Making mistakes while learning (19:52)
Start1.4 Printable Patterns & description of Audio Ride Guides (9:48)
Preview1.5 Before you begin & safety tips (2:17)
Start1.6 WHAT EXERCISE...should I start with? (4:43)
Start2.1 Video: Why to use this technique: Active inside rein only (2:01)
Start2.2 Video: Common mistakes riders make (1:59)
Start2.3 Video: Demonstration of active inside rein only technique on all three patterns (7:49)
Start2.4 Video: Perfect Circle Pattern- High School Level Horse (7:20)
Start2.5 Video: Wandering Circle Pattern- High School Level Horse (6:30)
Start2.6 Video: Four Leaf Clover Pattern- Elementary Level Horse (6:15)
Preview2.7 Examples of horses making mistakes (8:32)
StartAudio Ride Guides: Active inside rein only: 15-20 minute audio files to listen to when riding
One more thing...
In many of the Modules, Presto is an example of an 'Elementary Level' horse. He demonstrates a horse who is learning the techniques for the first time. As his training progresses, I'm continuing to add videos using him.
His first ride ever is in Module 2A. His first ride in a shanked bit is in Module 3A.
It will be fun for you to see him later as he progresses to 'High School' level...and beyond.
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