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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)
Lindsay Grice is a riding coach, horse trainer, equine behaviour lecturer and horse show judge. Lindsay also serves as an equine expert witness, equine legal consultant.
“I love helping riders solve their horse puzzles based on the science of how horses think and learn.” She says
Why do horses do what they do? Lindsay’s shared workshops and seminars on Equine Behaviour and Learning for provincial equine associations, therapeutic riding facilities and courses offered by University of Guelph.
She is an AQHA specialized judge, Equestrian Canada judge and a Provincial Hunter/Jumper judge.
Serving on an Equestrian Canada judging committee, she teaches seminars in General Performance (multi discipline, multi breed) judging.

She teaches clinics on showing, training and judging for horse clubs and private farms.
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The confident rider – how much is too much?

Our prime minister set off a national conversation about showing more "swagger" as entrepreneurs in business. So as a riding coach I was thinking - what's the role for swagger in the horse world? Is riding different than in other sports?  Some describe it as an expectation of success. Others, cockiness. Does  an "Own the Podium" attitude, get in the way of some riding disciplines and get ribbons in another? Hmmm... I wonder about swagger's effect on human  (and even horse) relationships. Maybe a happy medium between humility and smug-over-substance. What do you think?

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 3:12pm

Ever wonder…Why does the horse jump? For the love of it? Or simply easier to cooperate?

Just thinking through what it’s like to be a horse is bound to make us better riders and appreciate our equine partners!



“Consider, for example, a horse and rider preparing to jump a four-foot wall. Jumping serves the rider’s interests—recognition and a ribbon! The horse, however, takes a risk by jumping, and given a choice most horses would probably take the safe route and go around. An important question is, why does the horse cooperate and jump? Does it trust that the rider will ensure his safety? Or does he jump to avoid discomfort that might result by not cooperating?” Dr. Andrew…

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Posted on April 25, 2018 at 6:30pm

Nosebands – how tight is too tight?

Standard equipment in English disciplines. Training equipment in western.  While nosebands are designed to prevent bit evasion, in the horse business, we’re inclined to default into thinking “If a little is good, more is better! Are we masking bit evasion without asking WHY the horse might be resisting?



The International Society of Equitation Science responded to the dilemma of cranking nosebands in equine sport with a study and by designing a noseband gauge for competition ring stewards:



“Some equestrian manuals and competition rule books propose that ‘two fingers’ be used as a spacer to guard against over-tightening, but fail to specify where they should be applied or, indeed, the size of the fingers.” 



“When this device was used to check noseband…

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Posted on April 18, 2018 at 6:29pm

Do horses sense fear?

Have you ever been unsettled by your classmate’s handwringing before an exam? Or the patient before you holding their jaw as they emerge from the dentist’s room?

Its not that you sense or smell fear. You’re reading their body language….and catching it like an infection.

Riders often tell me that their horse senses they’re nervous. I ask them if they think their nervousness changes the way they ride and move around the horse.

“Do our horses appear to act up because they’re nervous and anxious when we are? Or is it, rather, because when we’re nervous, our muscles get tenser and our aids become completely different from what the horse is used to? To me that makes more logical sense.” Dr. Katrina Merkies, PhD, associate professor and equine program coordinator,…

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Posted on April 11, 2018 at 8:40pm

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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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