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
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Thoughts on AQHA's lip chain rule…I'm all for policy developed on evidence – which often collides with emotion In the horse biz, where we can get stuck in "we've always done it this way" kinda thinking.
Glad to see AQHA committee members consulted with animal welfare, vet, and professionals in their decision to eliminate lip chains. So this is how the evidence weighs in to me…
Posted on April 30, 2015 at 6:00pm
It’s easier to check up on claims of “success stories” these days. Show records are readily available and information abounds through a simple web search. AQHA, for instance, provides detailed records of the show ring performance of horses and riders. It’s now easier to “look before you leap” into that horse purchase or new coach alliance.
Skeptical by nature, that’s the way I came to stand upon the Christian faith – compelling evidence. The Easter story is one of a Jewish teacher who made startling claims and then backed it with miracles, predictions which came true and coming to life from death.
“If a man can predict his own death and resurrection, and pull it off, I just go with whatever that man says.” Author, pastor Andy Stanley
Christianity, if false, is of no…Continue
Posted on April 6, 2015 at 8:39am
This week I saw a horse who’d had enough. He just took the bit between his teeth, locked his jaw and trotted off on a tangent out of the circle, toward the gate. The rider tugged away but the horse’s neck and determination were set like stone. This riding lesson was over, as far as he was concerned!
A horse will evade the bit itself or the bit operator. In either case, he’s tried a few options to find relief from the pressure and none seem to shut it off. My job as the bit operator is to precisely time my release to the behaviour I’m after – a shortened stride, lateral flexion or lowered neck. And I need to select a bit that will provide relief when the horse responds – no pressure felt by my horse when no pressure is applied.
Bit evasions take various forms: raising…Continue
Posted on April 1, 2015 at 7:44am
I don’t use spurs, because I don’t want to make my horse dull!”
If you’ve shared this opinion with so many riders I meet, you’re in good company!
But what if I suggested that the opposite might also be true? As a woodworker might choose smaller chisels to refine the details of his project, so spurs give a rider precision in delivering his cues, sharpening the response. It’s one tool in our tool box of artificial aids, adding extra motivation to our natural aids.
And as megaphone amplifies the voice, so the spur increases the intensity of the aid.
Remember, any tool can be abused in the hands of a novice or careless operator, but once a rider has good control over her lower leg and heel, so as to avoid accidental kicks, spurs can help her to reach…Continue
Posted on March 21, 2015 at 2:30pm