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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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Details That Make a Winner

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…See More
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Details That Make a Winner

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…See More
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Rider Rest: The Night Before the Horse Show

 Humans are designed to thrive in a cycle of stress/challenge and recovery/rest. Tomorrows horse show takes care of the stress, but what really counts as R&R to perform at your best?Is it:Kicking back at the exhibitor party the night before?Braiding, grooming, bathing at the stable with your horse and barn…See More
Mar 31
Lindsay Grice commented on Lindsay Grice's blog post Five Top Reasons for the Horse and Rider Communication Gaps
"Sandy, that's a good point - motivation. What is the source of the resistance? (Even as parents we miss the boat when we misjudge the motivation behind the misbehaviour, don't we?) :)"
Jan 28
MagsNMe commented on Lindsay Grice's blog post Five Top Reasons for the Horse and Rider Communication Gaps
"I agree Jackie.  And, I think this is perhaps why some people don't like mares... they EXPECT you to listen to them.  Some absolutely demand it.  My little Havoc is an extremely sensitive child, and you have to take your…"
Jan 28
Sandy Lynn Wallis commented on Lindsay Grice's blog post Five Top Reasons for the Horse and Rider Communication Gaps
"These are all great. The only thing I might add would be mistaking motivation: Thinking the horse is being defiant, when he's really afraid; or thinking he's afraid when he's actually testing your boundaries."
Jan 28
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The Horse Show Fishbowl

Why do horses do what they do and people do what they do? And why does the show ring seem to magnify those emotions and reactions? Brainfreezes, butterflies and blow-ups…all part of the competitive experience. When we, as riders, understanding the science of how horses view their world, it helps to nip mishaps in the bud.…See More
Dec 3, 2013
Lindsay Grice posted a blog post

The Horse Show Fishbowl

Why do horses do what they do and people do what they do? And why does the show ring seem to magnify those emotions and reactions? Brain freezes, butterflies and blow-ups…all part of the completive experience.When we, as riders, understanding the science of how horses view their world, it helps to nip mishaps in the bud. As…See More
Oct 4, 2013

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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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Details That Make a Winner

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…

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Posted on August 29, 2014 at 8:30pm

Rider Rest: The Night Before the Horse Show

 

Humans are designed to thrive in a cycle of stress/challenge and recovery/rest. Tomorrows horse show takes care of the stress, but what really counts as R&R to perform at your best?

Is it:

  • Kicking back at the exhibitor party the night before?
  • Braiding, grooming, bathing at the stable with your horse and barn buddies?
  • Staring at the ceiling in the motel for 3 hours, thinking about your classes

Rest can be defined in a variety of ways (leisure, sleep, physical relaxation, etc.) but we will define it here as time you are not thinking about riding or physically exerting effort (or holding tension in your body in any way). So how can you rest when you need it most? Experiment with the following to find the best combinations for…

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Posted on March 31, 2014 at 8:30pm

The Horse Show Fishbowl

Why do horses do what they do and people do what they do? And why does the show ring seem to magnify those emotions and reactions? Brainfreezes, butterflies and blow-ups…all part of the competitive experience.



When we, as riders, understanding the science of how horses view their world, it helps to nip mishaps in the bud. As a prey animal a horse feels vulnerable in unfamiliar territory. As a social creature, his instinct tells him there’s safety in numbers. On course, without his buddies, the in- gate beckons powerfully!



And as social beings, we feel vulnerable when people are watching!



Fear, shame and anger are quick to rise to the surface. Emotions can muddle the signals we send to our horses and prevent us from…

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Posted on December 3, 2013 at 7:00am

The Horse Show Fishbowl

Why do horses do what they do and people do what they do? And why does the show ring seem to magnify those emotions and reactions? Brain freezes, butterflies and blow-ups…all part of the completive experience.

When we, as riders, understanding the science of how horses view their world, it helps to nip mishaps in the bud. As a prey animal a horse feels vulnerable in unfamiliar territory. As a social creature, his instinct tells him there’s safety in numbers. On course, without his buddies, the in- gate beckons powerfully!

And as social beings, we feel vulnerable when people are watching!

Fear, shame and anger are quick to rise to the surface. Emotions can muddle the signals we send to our horses and prevent us from thinking through a training set…

Continue

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 9:00am

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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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