Lindsay Grice
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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: 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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I did  a double- take as I walked by this camel in Israel – he wasn’t tied and he wasn’t fenced…

Though I’m no camel training expert, I guess he’d earned the “privilege” of freedom because he’d learned the boundaries by trial and error.

Same way horses do. They learn by bumping into pressure and finding release. And they choose to stay where there’s freedom. That’s self-carriage – when a horse between the aids without being held there.

But what about you and me? What makes us stay within our own boundaries? Play by the rulebook? I wonder if it’s part of the human condition to think the grass is greener on the other side,  look for loopholes, and  push the limits J

For me, I’m inclined to test the fences too.  Only an inner conviction –a belief that the best way to avoid life regrets is between some life guardrails …


Posted on November 4, 2015 at 5:11pm

Show Ring Presentation…yep, it matters…

My coaching colleagues and I are often in the “image- advisory role” in regards to horse show turnout. While you gotta love those folks who are blissfully unaware of their personal appearance, in the show ring, presentation matters! Like a job interview…

Reprinted from the AQHA journal’s Five Ways Showing Preps You for Job Interviews

Using Non-Verbal Communication

When you walk into an interview, you want to

exude confidence: stand straight, make eye

contact and connect with a firm handshake.

Doesn’t that sound familiar? Exhibitors in

classes like showmanship, horsemanship

and hunt seat equitation especially have

mastered poise and personality.

Dress the Part

Despite casual dress codes at most



Posted on November 4, 2015 at 5:00pm

AQHA's Lip Chain Rule

Thoughts on AQHA's lip chain rule…I'm all for policy developed on evidence – which often collides with emotion In the horse biz, where we can get stuck in "we've always done it this way" kinda thinking.

Glad to see AQHA committee members consulted with animal welfare, vet, and professionals in their decision to eliminate lip chains. So this is how the evidence weighs in to me…

  1. Artificial aids work "humanely" when they provide a pressure and release system, logical to the horse.
  2. To be effective, that pressure must be enough to motivate that horse in that environment. Prey animals, despite training, can do things we don’t expect in an unfamiliar territory – especially stallions, so driven by their hormones. When you don’t have your tools…

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 6:00pm

Let the record show…and Easter.

It’s easier to check up on claims of “success stories” these days. Show records are readily available and information abounds through a simple web search. AQHA, for instance, provides detailed records of the show ring performance of horses and riders. It’s now easier to “look before you leap” into that horse purchase or new coach alliance.

Skeptical by nature, that’s the way I came to stand upon the Christian faith – compelling evidence. The Easter story is one of a Jewish teacher who made startling claims and then backed it with miracles, predictions which came true and coming to life from death.

“If a man can predict his own death and resurrection, and pull it off, I just go with whatever that man says.” Author, pastor Andy Stanley

Christianity, if false, is of no…


Posted on April 6, 2015 at 8:39am

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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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