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Riding patterns and tests. Clinic with Lindsay Grice, Dressage judge Susan Fraser. Nova Scotia E.F.

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

 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

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Started Jun 5, 2011

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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
Coach, trainer, equine behaviour lecturer and judge, Lindsay Grice, has prepared horses and riders for wins at major horse shows in the US and Canada for over 20 years. Starting her career on the hunter A circuit, she continues to actively compete in both english and western events, specializing now in the AQHA circuit.

Lindsay teaches Equine Behaviour for the University of Guelph Performance Horse Handler course. In her popular clinics, she draws on the principles of equine psychology and sports psychology to bridge the communication gap between horses and riders and explains both the “hows” and “whys” of training and showing.

Lindsay is an Equine Canada judge and AQHA specialized judge, and Provincial Hunter/Jumper judge. She's a certified Equine Canada and NCCP (multi event) coach.
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My horse has a red ribbon personality!

Instead of donning a red tail ribbon, train towards and attitude adjustment.

  1. Set the boundaries. When your horse snarks at another horse, re-establish the boundary through which he snarked . For instance, if he kicks out, move his haunches sideways from the leg on the side he kicked.  If he lunges his head toward his neighbor, back him up. Don’t respond to emotion with emotion.  Just promptly but calmly make him work harder for every threat.
  2.  Spend time creating and repeating positive experiences beside another horse. Riding beside another horse, just inside your horse’s comfort bubble and no closer. Relax your body, soften your aids, then ride away. Repeat until the comfort bubble becomes closer to his…
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Posted on June 7, 2017 at 1:30pm

Red ribbon personality.

It’s not uncommon at open shows to see a red ribbon fastened on the tail of a horse. The message? Stay away.  I kick.

if your horse’s territorial nature has gone so far as to warrant a red ribbon it's time to go back and do some homework before going off property.  (More on that  next post!)

I know some people with red ribbon personalities…

  1. The red ribbon prickly personality. The one you ‘ve learned to avoid.  The gossip. (Will I be next on their gossip list?) Bitter -still rehearsing hurts, vowing never to be hurt again. Negative-lots of complaints but not many solutions. Do you know anyone with a prickly personality? (No names pleaseJ)
  2. The red ribbon winning personality. Gracious. Interested in people and interested in the world. They ask questions.…
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Posted on June 5, 2017 at 1:41pm

Legalizing cribbing?

The debate around legalizing marijuana continues. Some would say it’s condoning a vice. What about “condoning” cribbing? More and more researchers  are leaning toward it.

Dr. Daniel Mills, an equine behaviorist UK specializes in stereotypies. “ I’d generally say, unless the horse colics recurrently, that it’s better to allow him to crib then to prevent it through collers or surgery”. He these interventions do nothing for the motivation.

Other behaviorists say cribbing could be reduced using a cribbing collar, but  removed for short periods of time so a horse can occasionally act on his need to crib without incurring too much physical damage.

These are the things experts do agree on:

  • Cribbing isn’t  a habit learned by watching other horses



  • There’s a…
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Posted on June 2, 2017 at 8:00pm

My horse is bucking! -What to do? Part 2

Avoid it  - If I’m going to stir up a storm, I need to be able to ride through whatever horse’s response so that he doesn’t find bucking rewarding. So I might come at a training problem in another way vs attacking head on.

Examples – small wins vs epic wins. 3 % improvement. Aim to never have to step back down the training staircase because you jumped two steps and it went wrong. Evasion undermines the progress because anything learned through fear/ adrenaline is learned quickly.

Have your tools in place In training a horse with a inclination to buck, I’d make sure these “bricks” are well laid in my training foundation before cantering:

  • Straight and forward: Bulging to the outside of a circle (usually towards the barn), lack of forward motion and…
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Posted on May 26, 2017 at 7:30pm

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At 4:49pm on September 12, 2011, Frank Sheridan said…
Hows And Whys are not easily explained but you make it simple
At 3:22pm on May 31, 2011, Jackie Cochran said…
Welcome to Barnmice Lindsay!  I enjoyed your blog.
At 10:28pm on May 30, 2011, Barnmice Admin said…
Welcome Lindsay, so glad you've joined us! :)
 
 
 
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