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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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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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When Experience Becomes a Rut

A colleague of mine recently called the worn path around the outside of an arena the "idiot ditch". Perhaps somewhat harsh, but I had to chuckle.  Riding the rut doesn't stretch riders to make guiding adjustments or challenge our aids and timing, but it doesn't involve risk ether

Doing the same thing over and expecting a different result may count as experience, but experience alone results in a rut. Some riders will continue to repeat their novice years, not for lack of talent, but for lack of evaluation.

An unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates.

 

Posted on March 19, 2016 at 4:30pm

Are you an experienced rider?

Pastor and professor Dr. Howard Hendricks wisely said “Experience is not the best teacher- only evaluated experience is”.

As riders, we are responsible for problem solving. When things go wrong in the schooling ring or show ring, it’s wise to stop, assess, and come up with a plan to solve the problem.

“Is it me or my horse?” My natural curiosity floats this question to the surface of my mind before I’m inclined to blame the horse.   I want to find an answer to the puzzle. So I evaluate – what has worked before? What facts do I know about equine learning?

Ponder the paths of your feet and let all your ways be established. Proverbs (The…

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Posted on March 12, 2016 at 4:40pm

Horse happiness

Heard from the horse show bleachers: “Now that’s a happy horse that loves his job.”

In 2004,  FEI introduced into its dressage rules the phrase “happy athlete” to describe the ideal dressage horse.

But judging a horse’s happiness remains fairly subjective.

In a recent blog, I wrote about horse unhappiness – describing the Horse Grimace Scale… the method scientists have developed to objectively recognize pain in horses.

So, can we objectively recognize happiness in riding horses? Not just the absence of tension, but genuine enjoyment?

It’s a question researcher Dr. Natalie Waran has been looking into, and she presented on the topic at the International Society of Equitation Science Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Here are some of her…

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Posted on January 11, 2016 at 5:30pm

Horse Stress

Yep, there’s an official tool to identify if that horse is really stressed. Last year, researchers developed The Horse Grimace Scale,  grading 6 facial action units (FAU) to determine horse pain, including ear position, muscle tension around the eyes and nostril shape. Good horse-people read horses well, don’t they?  Just helps to have a scientific tool to confirm we’re not just making this stuff up! Now…is there a comparable Human Grimace Scale to gauge the Christmas shopper stress I saw in last week’s Black Friday cashier line -up??

Posted on December 14, 2015 at 2:18pm

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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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