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
I can still hear my early instructors barking at me. Like any novice, while I focused on keeping my horse going or identifying the right diagonal, my hands would elevate and bounce around. But the more I tried to force them down, the stiffer and more jarring they became. As a coach, I make it a goal to describe the importance of and specifically how to develop elastic arms
1. Good hands deliver a clear “code” to your horse. Are you speaking so your horse is listening?
Riding effectively can be boiled down to a signal/response/ pressure or release system. Your hands send the signal, communicating messages such as slow, turn and flex to your horse. Each signal is precise and distinct. When your horse responds to your request, you respond with a reward,…Continue
Posted on April 24, 2017 at 10:00am
I learned equitation fundamentals to the repetitive tune of “head up, heels down!” trotting around and around the riding school ring. I aquired the “whats” of riding in those early years, but didn’t get good answers to my “whys!” It’s a shame – if I’d grasped the logic and the science behind the skills, and how I’d use them in the future, I’d have been more motivated in those drills.
The essentials of correct rider position cross all disciplines, and there’s a great reason behind every essential.
1.Your horse will thank you for going easy on his back.
Researchers now have cool technology to read all pressures, bumps and shifts a horse actually feels while being ridden. After studying this, I’m more intentional than ever of the signals I’m…Continue
Posted on April 17, 2017 at 10:16am
Are ponies tougher than horses?
French researchers say so.
Speaking about the ways we can preserve the welfare and sanity of riding lesson horses, Dr. Clémence Lesimple said that poor riding technique has the greatest impact on the presence of injuries, and it also has an effect on stereotypy development. (ie. cribbing and weaving).
“Frequent forage feeding, regular free time in the paddock with other horses, straw bedding, and good riding techniques are also critical elements for promoting equine welfare in riding facilities,” she said.
“We often hear that ponies are more robust than horses, and our study shows for the first time that they are less inclined to develop signs of poor welfare and that they are more resistant to deleterious equitation.”
Posted on February 3, 2017 at 7:00pm
The more we ride them the better we get at memorizing them. We build upon previous experiences and observations. Our brains are actually changed. We’re learning to learn.
So, if experience goes through the routine, perhaps wisdom says, This is the way things typically go.
Left lead skills are typically followed by a lead change and some right lead skills. After jumps to the right come the jumps to the left. From dressage ring to hunter course to reining pen. Wise riders are ones who’ve learned to recognize the flow of the show – patterns, schedules and horses – the way things usually work.
Taken a step further, the wise rider not only sees of the rhythms and routines, but applies what she knows.
I love the ancient Hebrew word for wisdom,…Continue
Posted on January 27, 2017 at 7:00pm