Classical and Western dressage. What's the difference? Tips on riding the current popular western discipline patterns: competitive trail, horsemanship, the new ranch horse pleasure patterns.…Continue
Started Jul 30, 2013
Reinforcement: An outcome a horse receives which increases the likelihood that a response will occur again.Following a behaviour with a reinforcer (an outcome or a payoff) will cause it to happen…Continue
Started Jun 5, 2011
Lindsay Grice has not received any gifts yet
What’s the point? At a recent horse show judging conference we were reminded to consider the intent of the rules and be guided by the purpose of the class standard to guide our decisions.
A helpful hint? Use words to describe the round, pattern before us.
For instance, words to describe conformation are balance, structural correctness. Is this the horse in front of me or am I swayed by a doll head, swan neck or a huge hip that doesn’t match the rest of the body?
In equitation, connection, use of aids. Not invisible aids -we’re looking for a rider who is effectively communicating to her horse. There is a difference between poise and pose.
Accuracy. Is there precision and geometry to the pattern? Punctuation to the…Continue
Posted on January 13, 2015 at 6:00am
Attending the AQHA judges conference in Dallas – felt like being part of a large orchestra. One of 300 judges, tuning up to be on key with the standard, and in sync with one another. So many experienced, talented horseman, yet personal preference, interpretation and bias were to be laid aside – a reminder to stick to the music score, without improvising.
We watched video after video dissecting technical faults, penalties… and excellence. We hit the controversial issues head on – everyone heard the same message, reading off the same sheet music.
We were reminded that it’s the judges who are largely responsible for perpetuating certain trends and training techniques that have become distasteful to the general public.
And for the first time in AQHA history, judges were tested to…Continue
Posted on December 13, 2014 at 3:00pm
We’ve all heard it – it’s the attention to details that makes a winner. So over the next few columns, can I share some of the details I see overlooked as I walk across the show grounds or sit in the judge’s booth?
Gotta say, most of these are training oversights. And believe me, years ago I’d have been the first one to ask “Why does it matter?” But I’ve come to learn that every signal I give to my horse means something and requires a response. And with every cue I’m unaware of or don’t follow through on, I’m untraining my horse – yikes!
And it all adds up-every run out at a jump, buck in a flat class, or bulge to the in-gate can be dissected apart to individual cues that the horse didn’t heed.
Mounting manners. Why do we let our horses walk away or wiggle around while…Continue
Posted on August 29, 2014 at 8:30pm