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
Like bookends to the dressage pattern’s rhythm and brilliance, the halt is a moment to compose beforehand and reflect afterwards. This week Jill Irving reflected on her FEI WEG performance regarding the challenge of the halt. She was so proud that her horse stood quietly, despite outside distractions and internal adrenaline. “It’s hard when you fire them up to do other movements, then say, ‘Oh, by the way, you have to stand still.’”
Do you ever feel you’re running on adrenaline? Overwhelmed? Overscheduled? I’m becoming convinced that humans were designed to halt at X – to pause, turn off work and turn off the phone.
I multitasked my way through a 10 year stretch I call the…Continue
Posted on September 16, 2018 at 4:00pm
What are the welfare challenges facing pleasure and competition horses? A four-year research study, led by academics at the University of Bristol’s School of Vet Sciences set to find out. I thought it was cool that experts from across the equine industry contributed to the research- vets, farriers, trainers, welfare charities, breed and competition associations. As we know, these groups are often at cross- purposes!
The priority welfare challenges and solutions identified in the study include:
Posted on July 25, 2018 at 8:54am
I love this thought from Clinician, Chris Sorensen at the recent EC Convention (Can. Equestrian Team) “One of the most amazing things that you learn as you train with top people around the world is that almost all of them practice basics every day. We all think that these famous riders are going to teach us magical tricks that are eluding us, but the fact of the matter is that riding is a very difficult sport, but it’s not that complicated.”
Agreed! I think of riding as less like magic and more like a fascinating science.
If “equestrian science” can be distilled to a theory, I’m going to give it a try!
Love of learning + HOW to apply physical aids + understanding WHY the aids work + applying those…Continue
Posted on June 13, 2018 at 3:00pm
On the benefits of installing lateral “buttons “ on competitive horses, while “jumping as little as possible.”
“I do lots of flat work. A work a lot of poles on the ground to replicate the same kind of training that’s required for the course, but over a rail on the ground instead of having a jumping effort. It just minimizes the impact on the horse. I have a dressage trainer who works with me full-time… [lateral movements ] make my horses really in tune with my aids. They become really responsive off the legs, and that’s useful for what we do.” U.S Olympian show jumper, Kent Farrington.
Jumping is fun. Fundamentals…less so. I know that makes me a “less fun” coach at times, but being on course or in a crowded warm-up ring on a distracted horse without fundamentals is about as fun…Continue
Posted on June 6, 2018 at 3:00pm