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
As a stereotypically reserved Canadian, judging a horse show last fall in Israel, it was culture shock. Animated and passionate in communicating, what an initially rattled me (what’s the commotion??), became endearing to me.
The big idea behind “horse whispering” is the use of subtle body language and keen observation to communicate with our horses. And one has to admire top showmanship class exhibitors who have developed a language of discrete cues to speak to their horses – each signal distinct and preceded by a pre-signal, or “heads-up”.
“Riders may give unintended signals or a conflicting aids making it difficult for a horse to offer the correct response,” writes Dr. Antonia Henderson. “the horse tunes of the rider out, and soliciting an increasingly stronger…Continue
Posted on June 17, 2016 at 9:00am
Some people read people really well …picking up on subtle cues, interpreting body language -social cognition. You can actually take a quiz to rate “ your emotional intelligence”, if you’re at home with nothing better to do (perhaps, in itself, a sign of a social introvert?)
Horses have developed a sophisticated social cognition system to read group members rank, sex, personality. They “read horse” expertly and can learn to read people, if we give them a chance!
“Horses have a complex facial musculature, allowing them to convey more information through facial gestures than other animals, writes equine psychologist”. Dr. Antonia Henderson. Horse communication is generally more understated than ours.
Signals, gestures and even abbreviated versions of gestures (which…Continue
Posted on June 10, 2016 at 2:00pm
A colleague of mine recently called the worn path around the outside of an arena the "idiot ditch". Perhaps somewhat harsh, but I had to chuckle. Riding the rut doesn't stretch riders to make guiding adjustments or challenge our aids and timing, but it doesn't involve risk ether
Doing the same thing over and expecting a different result may count as experience, but experience alone results in a rut. Some riders will continue to repeat their novice years, not for lack of talent, but for lack of evaluation.
An unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates.
Posted on March 19, 2016 at 4:30pm
Pastor and professor Dr. Howard Hendricks wisely said “Experience is not the best teacher- only evaluated experience is”.
As riders, we are responsible for problem solving. When things go wrong in the schooling ring or show ring, it’s wise to stop, assess, and come up with a plan to solve the problem.
“Is it me or my horse?” My natural curiosity floats this question to the surface of my mind before I’m inclined to blame the horse. I want to find an answer to the puzzle. So I evaluate – what has worked before? What facts do I know about equine learning?
Ponder the paths of your feet and let all your ways be established. Proverbs (The…Continue
Posted on March 12, 2016 at 4:40pm