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Starting Young Horses by Stacy Westfall







Starting Young Horses
Stacy Westfall

In this DVD, Stacy teaches how to start young horses with a good foundation built by establishing respect through solid groundwork. From first handling to initial riding, methods with an eye toward safety and success. Multiple lessons using a trained horse and an untrained colt, presented in a manner that average horse owners can understand and master with practice and patience.

Stacy Westfall, of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, is no stranger to the competition arena. She was the first woman to compete in and the first woman to win Road to the Horse--showcasing her horse training methods. Stacy is also a winner in the reining show pen. She's best known for her "mystery-rider" bridle-less freestyle ride. In 2003, National Reining Horse Association Futurity fans leapt to their feet after her bridleless ride rated tops with the judges. Stacy dressed in a dark trench coat, black hat and bandana to cover her face. She won without reins--and without so much as a neck rope. In 2005, Stacy won six key reining events without reins--including runs at Fiesta in the Park, the NRHA Eastern Affiliate Championship, The Tradition Freestyle Open, the Tulsa Reining Classic, the All American Quarter Horse Congress, and a repeat win at the NRHA Futurity. She repeated her Tulsa championship in 2006--without a saddle or bridle.

Growing up in Maine, Stacy rode any horse she could find. She started riding on a Shetland Pony named Misty who was trained to rear on command. Stacy trained her first colt at 14--a $150 project horse. She attended every clinic and read all she could to teach herself the art of colt starting. At college in the University of Findlay's equestrian program, Stacy rode with top trainers such as Dan Huss and AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year, Clark Bradley. She also trained with Rusty Dare and Mike Flarida. Still, Stacy's daily inspiration and life-long training partner is husband Jesse--himself a well-known reining trainer and NRHA judge.


This title is in the following categories:

Colt/Foal Training
Natural Horse Training
WESTERN - Groundwork









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