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Stacy's Video Diary Jac-Episode 33- Behind the scenes look at horse training at an expo

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Stacy's Video Diary Jac-Episode 33- Behind the scenes look at horse training at an expo Total training time- 139 hours 30 minutes When traveling with horses to shows, trail rides, clinics or expos it is often the 'behind the scenes' stuff that seasons them more that the event itself. Before the event even began Stacy was riding in the arena where she would be speaking. It is also the same arena that the freestyle reining is held in during the Quarter Horse Congress which is why Stacy said, "Jac's pretending we're getting ready to go in the freestyle." Stacy explains that there are often times when riding horses that the horse will anticipate things; for example a reining horse anticipating the lead change when coming through the middle of the show pen...because a lead change always happens in the middle during a show. Many people think that avoiding the problem area is a solution. The problem with this thinking is that the lead changes cannot be avoided during showing...so by 'avoiding' the problem area during training you are actually highlighting the fact that the ONLY time you deal with that area is when showing. Stacy explains that she does patterns like the 4 leaf clover pattern at home so that she can 'open the can of worms' and work on the issue at home. By using a repetitive pattern, such as the 4 leaf clover, the opportunity to train through the anticipation phase become possible. When the horse knows that a left turn is coming and the rider corrects the problems such as ducking and diving, the horse become aware that although there are repetitive things coming-they should still wait for and respect the rider. The video also shows a 'behind the scenes' of Jac's celebrity life including getting into Jac's 'celebrity' stall, lunch on the go (PB &J) with Stacy and Jac, saddling up, and warming up for a demo. The chaos of traveling with horses is what gets them 'seasoned'; trucks, people, other horses, flags, carts, etc. Jac encountered his first 'scared' moment of the expo when a small driving team entered the warm up pen. Listen as Stacy explains how she used the distraction as a 'test' for Jac. Jac handled this whole experience quite well. Stacy shows a closing video of Jac in his 'celebrity' stall as the expo is closing and we see that Jac is relaxed and confident...exactly what we want to see in our horses. This is the story of two-year-old Jacs Electric Whiz (Jac), the last baby out of Whizards Baby Doll, better known as "Roxy". Roxy touched the hearts of horse lovers around the world when she and Stacy Westfall made history with their bareback and bridleless freestyle reining ride. The loss of Roxy in 2012 has left a void in the equine community. Although nobody can replace her, Roxy's spirit lives on, not only in our hearts, but in Jac as well. Join us as we follow Jac through weekly videos documenting his training journey from his first session to his first show and more. It is a journey filled with questions, breakthroughs, setbacks and accomplishments... and everything in between.