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
“How important is it to bond with my horse?”
I’m asked this regularly. I may dig a little deeper, “Tell me what you mean by bonding.”
If bonding means to you:
I’d say that’s very important. However, if you’re hoping for your horse to share your human emotional needs and share your goals, probably not.
Dr. Robin Foster, researcher of equine behaviour, writes that the horse’s perspective probably does not mirror the human experience.
“People have an emotionally based social need for companionship, and research shows relationships with animals help to satisfy this need.
In contrast, a horse’s social needs are rarely met through his relationships with humans. In a…Continue
Posted on October 24, 2016 at 10:30am
A CBC interview about helmet safety piqued my interest.
I learned that in nearly every study of hospital admission rates, helmeted cyclists are 80% less likely to receive serious head and brain injuries —but these stats apply only for those who get into accidents.
So here’s the flip side –research says that helmeted cyclists bike faster, take more risks, and ride in riskier environments.
We’ve also discovered safety feature in cars give drivers a fall sense of security – what psychologists call “risk compensation”.
The University of Guelph’s driving lab put drivers in a simulator and told them to watch for moose. Drivers sped up when they knew their cars were equipped with special moose detectors. “The moose would be in the back seat before people stopped the car,” remarked the lab’s director.
Risky behavior. At every horse show I see impetuous riders – climbing aboard fresh, distracted or green horses – prey animals in a busy, unfamiliar…Continue
Posted on October 7, 2016 at 7:55am
I changed hats t this weekend-literally. Sometimes “stuff happens” and show managers have to adjust on the fly- and so do judges! Arriving prepared to judge the western ring , I was asked if I would judge the hunter and jumper rings instead. For those who judge multiple disciplines we must learn to change hats -scoring systems, terminology, penalties, class formats, even judging location (in the ring or in a booth), depending on the assignment.
So I didn’t have my score sheets or whistle… But I did have my trusty visor!
Posted on September 11, 2016 at 2:08pm
"Just get back on! You don't want to lose your nerve."
"Why not enter the trail class? You're at the show anyway."
"Are you coming out on a hack with us?"
Well-meaning invitations, but sadly, invitations into situations for which neither you nor your horse are quite prepared.
Have you ever felt pressure to push the boundaries with your horse?
I am a professional bubble-burster. As clinician and coach, I act as the voice of caution. As a show judge, I can only wince.
We'd never suggest a friend commute into Toronto with unreliable brakes and steering. Yet, it makes me sad to see at a few horses at every show, in the pressure cooker of an unfamiliar environment without the tools needed for the task.
I've been there- felt the pressure from a …Continue
Posted on July 29, 2016 at 8:30am