All Blog Posts Tagged 'training' (246)

Training Confidence and Trust.

There’s a way that a mare can pin her ears back so hard that they make almond-shaped divots on her neck hairs. You don’t have to know much about horses to pick up on that cue. It’s big and dark and she looks like a serpent. By the time this is happening, there is even an argument she will have a hard time hearing you, literally, what with her ear drums…


Added by Anna Blake on April 11, 2014 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Rider Rest: The Night Before the Horse Show


Humans are designed to thrive in a cycle of stress/challenge and recovery/rest. Tomorrows horse show takes care of the stress, but what really counts as R&R to perform at your best?

Is it:

  • Kicking back at the exhibitor party the night before?
  • Braiding,…

Added by Lindsay Grice on March 31, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

It's not you. It's me - Self Awareness During Training

"He's just resisting everything!" Maddie called to me in frustration as she butchered a shoulder-in at the trot on her gelding, Indy. (Somewhere in the world a French cavalry officer was rolling in his grave.) I said "Bring it down to the walk and let's see what you are doing." Maddie deftly performed a gorgeous…


Added by Heather Nelson on March 27, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Subtle Abuse: When Aids Become Weapons.

My client’s mare is lovely; a very well-bred athletic horse. When my client bought her, the previous owner suggested my client get a cowboy to ride her at first, she needed spurs all the time and the horse was ‘mare-y‘, whatever that means. I get a little…


Added by Anna Blake on March 21, 2014 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

Bad Timing Explained

Most of us read the training books and do the best we can to apply them in the saddle. We all think we define those words the same way, but we don’t all get great results.

Maybe you aren’t a flawless rider but you’re not a total disaster in…


Added by Anna Blake on February 7, 2014 at 9:11am — 6 Comments

Veterinarian & Acupuncturist Dr. Fiona Mead: Manolo Mendez Clinic Notes

 North Island, NZ Jan 2014

In his observations of the horse and rider, Manolo Mendez ‘hits the nail on the head’ with…

Added by Manolo Mendez on February 2, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

Do You Ride Like Your Mother?

“Oh, Honey. You aren’t going to wear that, are you? Could you put some lipstick on, you are so much prettier when you smile. You should skip dessert, Honey, you look heavy. Are you dating anyone… don’t let him see your apartment looking this way. “

That same voice on…


Added by Anna Blake on January 31, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

The Corgi Witness Protection Program.

Did you know there is a Corgi Witness Protection Program? Do you have room for a dog with a history?

It’s the one year anniversary of the day that Walter came here from Wyoming to rescue the Dude Rancher and I from the peace and quiet of…


Added by Anna Blake on January 17, 2014 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

How to win over the timid horse with soft body language

Timid horses are the introverts at the party. They aren't usually the first horses to come up and say, "Hello!" but they can make for lovely personalities to befriend. They are naturally super light and responsive to signals and this can make them great fun to play with. Playing with a timid horse is our…


Added by Heather Nelson on December 3, 2013 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

The Horse Show Fishbowl

Why do horses do what they do and people do what they do? And why does the show ring seem to magnify those emotions and reactions? Brainfreezes, butterflies and blow-ups…all part of the competitive experience.

When we, as riders, understanding the science of how horses…


Added by Lindsay Grice on December 3, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Are You Expecting Too Much of Yourself and Your Horse?

We all want success and we want it now.  We've been taught to "reach for the stars" and set big goals.  As a result, sometimes we expect so much of ourselves and our horses that we are rarely happy with our results.

If you've ever said (even to yourself),

"I should be better than this!"

Then you end up feeling like a failure because that "I should be" is really a disguise for that self-defeating old mantra that whispers quietly  "I'm not good…


Added by Anne Gage on November 27, 2013 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Invasion of The Grass Snatchers - How to Stop Your Horse Grazing On Command

Horses are hungry. The only time a horse is not hungry is when he is on his death bed or very stressed (unless he's a stress eater like me...then hide the chocolate! er... grass). Horses will choose to sleep or play at times, but if you walk up and ask (with a big bucket of treats) while they are…


Added by Heather Nelson on November 22, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Oakley Diaries - 15: A Banner Day

He didn't refuse to go over an obstacle once yesterday. Most significantly, he went over a new jump of his own accord.

They weren't big jumps, about a meter high, no more, but he went right over them with only one slight hesitation.

I suppose most riders might not find this particularly outstanding, but two years ago it was a life-and-death argument to get over a simple trot-pole. He would explode over it and follow it up with a wild-west show. The arena has a couple of…


Added by B. G. Hearns on November 9, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Does Your Horse Answer by Rote?

“Répétez après moi.” It’s what the high school french teacher said and it’s what we did. We repeated words after her, and soon, we repeated canned conversations back and forth. They included lame greetings, followed by asking where the library was. It was the…


Added by Anna Blake on November 8, 2013 at 8:42am — 2 Comments

Equine Behaviour term of the week: Primary and Secondary Reinforcers

Reinforcing a behaviour is something a trainer does to make the response more likely to happen again.  When a builder reinforces a bridge or structure, he’s making it stronger. And that’s what I want to do each time  gets the right answer.

A primary reinforcer is giving the…

Added by Lindsay Grice on December 28, 2012 at 7:57am — No Comments

Do Some Horses Learn Quicker Than Others?

Smart. Clever. Dull. Clueless. We all have stories of horses that connect the dots and others that …don’t. So, really, are some horses sharper than others?

As a trainer, I’ll swear to the value of having a well-defined, systematic approach to training. I’ve also learned (sometimes the…


Added by Lindsay Grice on December 11, 2012 at 7:34am — 4 Comments

Equestrian “luck”

Horse psychology insights: for a winning edge in the show ring and in…


Added by Lindsay Grice on November 12, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Blaming My Horse

When I assume my horse “should know better” the truth is at that moment, I’ve really just run out of creativity, patience and my knowledge of equitation science. 

Equitation Science is using the system of how horses learn and…

Added by Lindsay Grice on November 5, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Flight Response

Flight response: A horse’s instinct as a prey animal, to flee from perceived danger. 

Dr Andrew Mclean says “A structure deep inside the brain called the amygdala, sorts out stimuli as to whether they are fearful or not. Fearful stimuli receive special recognition by the brain in terms of…


Added by Lindsay Grice on October 29, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Rhythm of the Course

The common denominator shared by hunter courses and competitive trail courses is that each have a prescribed distance between obstacles which determines the rhythm in which the course should be ridden.…

Added by Lindsay Grice on October 23, 2012 at 8:55am — No Comments

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