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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A colleague of mine recently called the worn path around the outside of an arena the "idiot ditch". Perhaps somewhat harsh, but I had to chuckle. Riding the rut doesn't stretch riders to make guiding adjustments or challenge our aids and timing, but it doesn't involve risk ether
Doing the same thing over and expecting a different result may count as experience, but experience alone results in a rut. Some riders will continue to repeat their novice years, not for lack of talent, but for lack of evaluation.
An unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates.
Posted on March 19, 2016 at 4:30pm
Pastor and professor Dr. Howard Hendricks wisely said “Experience is not the best teacher- only evaluated experience is”.
As riders, we are responsible for problem solving. When things go wrong in the schooling ring or show ring, it’s wise to stop, assess, and come up with a plan to solve the problem.
“Is it me or my horse?” My natural curiosity floats this question to the surface of my mind before I’m inclined to blame the horse. I want to find an answer to the puzzle. So I evaluate – what has worked before? What facts do I know about equine learning?
Ponder the paths of your feet and let all your ways be established. Proverbs (The…Continue
Posted on March 12, 2016 at 4:40pm
In 2004, FEI introduced into its dressage rules the phrase “happy athlete” to describe the ideal dressage horse.
But judging a horse’s happiness remains fairly subjective.
In a recent blog, I wrote about horse unhappiness – describing the Horse Grimace Scale… the method scientists have developed to objectively recognize pain in horses.
So, can we objectively recognize happiness in riding horses? Not just the absence of tension, but genuine enjoyment?
It’s a question researcher Dr. Natalie Waran has been looking into, and she presented on the topic at the International Society of Equitation Science Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Here are some of her…Continue
Posted on January 11, 2016 at 5:30pm
Yep, there’s an official tool to identify if that horse is really stressed. Last year, researchers developed The Horse Grimace Scale, grading 6 facial action units (FAU) to determine horse pain, including ear position, muscle tension around the eyes and nostril shape. Good horse-people read horses well, don’t they? Just helps to have a scientific tool to confirm we’re not just making this stuff up! Now…is there a comparable Human Grimace Scale to gauge the Christmas shopper stress I saw in last week’s Black Friday cashier line -up??
Posted on December 14, 2015 at 2:18pm