Lindsay Grice
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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: 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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Judging Horses – The Spirit of The Rule

What’s the point? At a recent horse show judging conference we were reminded to consider the intent of the rules and be guided by the purpose of the class standard to guide our decisions.  

A helpful hint? Use words to describe the round, pattern before us.  

For instance, words to describe conformation are balance, structural correctness. Is this the horse in front of me or am I swayed by a doll head, swan neck or a huge hip that doesn’t match the rest of the body?

In equitation, connection, use of aids. Not invisible aids -we’re looking for a rider who is effectively communicating to her horse. There is a difference between poise and pose.

Accuracy. Is there precision and geometry to the pattern? Punctuation to the…


Posted on January 13, 2015 at 6:00am

Judging Horses – Stick to the Score!

Attending the AQHA judges conference in Dallas – felt like being part of a large orchestra. One of 300 judges, tuning up to be on key with the standard, and in sync with one another. So many experienced, talented horseman,  yet personal preference, interpretation and bias were to be laid aside – a reminder to stick to the music score, without improvising.

We watched video after video dissecting technical faults, penalties… and excellence. We hit the controversial issues head on – everyone heard the same message, reading off the same sheet music.

We were reminded that it’s the judges who are largely responsible for perpetuating certain trends and training techniques that have become distasteful to the general public.

And for the first time in AQHA history, judges were tested to…


Posted on December 13, 2014 at 3:00pm

Mounting Block Manners

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Details That Make a Winner

We’ve all heard it – it’s the attention to details that makes a winner. So over the next few columns, can I share some of the details I see overlooked as I walk across the show grounds or sit in the judge’s booth?

Gotta say, most of these are training oversights. And believe me, years ago I’d have been the first one to ask “Why does it matter?” But I’ve come to learn that every signal I give to my horse means something and requires a response. And with every cue I’m unaware of or don’t follow through on, I’m untraining my horse – yikes!

And it all adds up-every run out at a jump, buck in a flat class, or bulge to the in-gate can be dissected apart to individual cues that the horse didn’t heed.

Mounting manners. Why do we let our horses walk away or wiggle around while…


Posted on August 29, 2014 at 8:30pm

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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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