Friday, June 26, 2009

Stacy Westfall on Basic Body Control

On Sunday at the 2009 Western States Horse Expo, Stacy Westfall put on a clinic in which she explained and demonstrated basic body control of the horse. She broke down some of the complicated advanced maneuvers into smaller movements and showed us from the saddle what cues to give and what the exaggerated movements looked like.



Last, but not least, she got off her horse and showed us how each movement would look if a human body were trying to do it.




This gave me the giggles and reminded me of Monty Python's Silly Walk episode.

9 comments:

fernvalley01 said...

likely was funny to watch , but I suspect it puts a clearer picture in you r mind of what you are asking of your horse.

Katharine Swan said...

Yay for thinking outside of the box. It does look silly, but you'll never forget what she showed you, and I'm sure she knows that. :o)

Reddunappy said...

Stacy is wonderful, I will watch for her to come to an expo near us some time.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

It was very beneficial to see her mimic the movements with her own body, because sometimes you look at a horse and all the movements look so natural that you can't distinguish one move from the next. However, because they appear to be unnatural on the human body, you do get a clearer picture of what she's doing with her horse.

Molly said...

I would love to catch her giving a clinic down in So. Cal. Sounds like she was very helpful.

Speaking of helpful: You might go visit Cheryl Ann over at Desert Horses. She can use some strong cowgirl shoulders.

Paint Girl said...

I love Stacy! I would love to see her. When I saw Clinton Anderson, I wish he had done more riding, but I know they need to get as much in as they can at those clinics. There is not a lot of time!

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Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Very cool. I'd love to see a clinic put on by her, too. I'd be sitting beside you, too, blocking a giggle of my own watching her do those movements. :)

~Lisa

Andrea said...

Did you know that Stacy and I graduated from the same college? We has some of the same riding instructors!! I really like her. She is a good rider. And what a fun clinic. Those pictures are funny, I bet it was fun to watch in person.