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
Jim Wofford wrote an insightful piece a while ago in Practical Horseman on the “mindless application of equipment, regardless of whether it is suitable for this horse at this stage of training.”
What do you think?
He said, “Nosebands are one of my many irritants when coaching. Almost every horse I see [dressage, eventing] is wearing a flash noseband. And they are inherently ill-fitting. These nosebands can interfere with the horse’s normal swallowing mechanism, producing the very resistance they are intended to cure. Yet when I ask riders whether they have tried other nosebands or even no noseband, they look at me as if I had just stepped down off the ramp of the mother ship.”
I agree with Jim, and routinely ask the riders I teach…Continue
Posted on August 17, 2017 at 9:45am
On a Nova Scotia horse judging trip, how cool to detour for some whale watching with my son and his friend!
As horse gals we pondered what it would be like to ride 'em!
We could almost touch them-hmmm...could they have been trained to come so close??
Clicker training has long been used for marine mammals and other animals trained at a distance. And more recently, with horses, especially in liberty work,like Cavalia.…Continue
Posted on August 11, 2017 at 7:04pm
Mystical, humorous or deliberately elusive – the terms we use in the horse business can leave a rider scratching her head. I was a coach’s worst nightmare - “What do you mean by that?” I’d ask . I rarely got a meaningful answer.
When coaching ,I’ll often press a rider to explain a term they’ve used. If they struggle to put it into words, we’ll unpack the idea and isolate the aids step-by-step.
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Einstein.
Training a non- English speaking horse partner is complicated enough without including vague terms which a prompt riders to give vague signals and horses to be stressed out. I get a kick out of those light bulb moments – my student grasps the “phonics” of a certain skill and gets results on her…Continue
Posted on July 31, 2017 at 10:30am
Heading off to a show this weekend?.
(condensed from hunter judge, Laura Kelland ‘s May17 blog)
DON’T go to the show if:
Posted on July 29, 2017 at 10:35am