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
Well, as the dust settles from the US election, some are left standing with their hopes dashed - others had their hope stirred.
Hope for peace, prosperity, rescue…
I love the words of the late Chuck Colson: “Salvation will not arrive on Air Force One.”
Removed from his seat of power as Counsel to the President, landing in a jail cell for his role in the Watergate scandal, he discovered his own hope in political success …was lame horse.
So what is your hero riding on a white horse? That next win, next show prospect, next relationship ? Financial security, retirement…?
Chuck Colson discovered something prison - that his only hope was a relationship with God. He said,
“Where is the hope? The hope that each of us have is not in who governs us,…Continue
Posted on November 21, 2016 at 5:23pm
Research in equine-assisted mental health has explored how people develop trust by working with horses, but is trust the same for horses as it is for humans?
Social psychologists agree that trust involves giving up some control and accepting vulnerability, with the expectation of being protected from harm.
Dr Robin Foster, Researcher and equine behaviour specialist says
“The balance of power in a relationship affects the balance of control.... the employer-employee and parent-child relationships have an unequal balance of power, with a leader and follower. ...Some leaders control through intimidation, and aggression…
... most interactions involve an imbalance of…Continue
Posted on October 31, 2016 at 10:30am
“How important is it to bond with my horse?”
I’m asked this regularly. I may dig a little deeper, “Tell me what you mean by bonding.”
If bonding means to you:
I’d say that’s very important. However, if you’re hoping for your horse to share your human emotional needs and share your goals, probably not.
Dr. Robin Foster, researcher of equine behaviour, writes that the horse’s perspective probably does not mirror the human experience.
“People have an emotionally based social need for companionship, and research shows relationships with animals help to satisfy this need.
In contrast, a horse’s social needs are rarely met through his relationships with humans. In a…Continue
Posted on October 24, 2016 at 10:30am
A CBC interview about helmet safety piqued my interest.
I learned that in nearly every study of hospital admission rates, helmeted cyclists are 80% less likely to receive serious head and brain injuries —but these stats apply only for those who get into accidents.
So here’s the flip side –research says that helmeted cyclists bike faster, take more risks, and ride in riskier environments.
We’ve also discovered safety feature in cars give drivers a fall sense of security – what psychologists call “risk compensation”.
The University of Guelph’s driving lab put drivers in a simulator and told them to watch for moose. Drivers sped up when they knew their cars were equipped with special moose detectors. “The moose would be in the back seat before people stopped the car,” remarked the lab’s director.
Risky behavior. At every horse show I see impetuous riders – climbing aboard fresh, distracted or green horses – prey animals in a busy, unfamiliar…Continue
Posted on October 7, 2016 at 7:55am