The Equine Network Publishes New Book from Road to the Horse Champion

Trainer Stacy Westfall Releases Book on Starting Horses

Boulder, CO, March 23, 2012 --( The Equine Network is proud to announce the release of its new book, Smart Start: Building A Strong Foundation For Your Horse available online in its store,,

Known for her amazing and touching bareback, bridleless freestyle reining performances, Stacy Westfall was the first woman to ever compete and win at the colt-starting world championship Road to the Horse. In her new book, Smart Start: Building a Strong Foundation For Your Horse, Westfall details her colt-starting program and emotional training techniques used to win the 2006 Road to the Horse.

Westfall shows how to safely introduce pressure to a horse so that he’ll be able to control his fear. Additionally, readers will learn how to establish respect, build trust and develop responsiveness in their horse. With Westfall’s techniques, riders will learn how to read their horse’s body language and establish the communication necessary for safety and basic control.

"People have been asking me for a book for years...and it is finally here!” said trainer/author Stacy Westfall. “It is my hope that horse owners are able to better understand my theories on horses in all stages of life by reading this book."

In addition to a traditional print book, Smart Start: Building A Strong Foundation For Your Horse is also available as an ebook, for use with the Amazon Kindle, Barnes&Noble Nook, iPad and more.

“I will never forget the first time I saw Stacy’s magic with a horse, and I’m delighted to bring her knowledge and skill to our readers through this terrific book,” said Managing Editor Amy Herdy. “You don’t have to be starting a horse under saddle to appreciate the lessons Stacy teaches.”

Stacy Westfall, best known for her bareback and bridleless freestyle reining performances, won the 2006 Road to the Horse colt-starting competition using the same colt-starting techniques she now shares in Smart Start: Building a Strong Foundation For Your Horse. She serves as an inspiration to many as she offers horsemanship clinics, shares her training philosophies at expos and fairs, and continues to actively train and compete in the reining arena.

Co-author Sue M. Copeland is an award-winning former editor of Horse&Rider Magazine, and co-author or editor of 10 books. She remains a contributing editor to the magazine, and also shows hunters on a national level.

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