Lindsay Grice's Blog (49)

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

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Added by Lindsay Grice on December 3, 2013 at 7:00am — No 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? Brain freezes, butterflies and blow-ups…all part of the completive experience.

When we, as riders, understanding the science of how horses view their world, it…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on October 4, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Is the Grass Really Greener?

"If only"…



I was asked to speak to a women's group this week in Toronto on the topic of marriage and singleness.

Big topic…but the potholes on either road are the "if onlys". Fall in,…
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Added by Lindsay Grice on September 30, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Is My Horse in Pain? Part 2

Humans show pain through facial expressions which have been coded and used to assess the discomfort of patients who cannot communicate their suffering in other ways, such as babies.

Scientist have done the same for laboratory animal (for example the “Mouse Grimace”…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on September 17, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Is My Horse in Pain? Part 1

 

You hit a roadblock at a horse show and, because youre a thinking rider, you don’t jump to the “he’s just being a jerk” or “his saddle doesn’t fit” or “she must be in heat” conclusion, with a sigh and a wave of your hand. You look deeper. A common thread. Go through your mental files of personal…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on September 12, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Do Horses Enjoy Work?

People often tell me that their horse loves to work, loves to jump, loves to show…From what I know about horses, I’m not so sure. Equitation scientists looked into the matter… 



Imagine a conversation between you and your horse, if horses could…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on July 28, 2013 at 4:42pm — 3 Comments

Five Top Reasons for the Horse and Rider Communication Gaps

I make my living observing horses and riders. And I’ve done my own personal survey over 25 years of training and teaching. I’ve had my share of roadblocks with horses, coached riders step by step through others and, as a show judge, winced from a distance at horse and human meltdowns. …

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Added by Lindsay Grice on July 14, 2013 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Horse Behaviour Problems Evaluated

A recent study in the UK found 91% of leisure riding horses had behavioral issues as reported by their owners. 



Researcher J Hockenhull PhD said that of the 1,326 horses, 78% were ridden with …

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Added by Lindsay Grice on June 26, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Applause Meter

It can be daunting, speaking at horse expos. Will there be 200 or 20 or 2 people in the audience? Presenting at 3 equine events this spring – the Can Am Expo,…
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Added by Lindsay Grice on May 26, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

What's Good About Good Friday?



In my childhood, I never knew what Good Friday was all about. Overshadowed by Easter Bunny anticipation, I knew it had something to do with Jesus dying, but I sure didn’t know why He died.

Now, the death of Jesus Christ has become more significant to me. Speaking to a group of teens at Teen…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on March 28, 2013 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Horse Training Traditions

That’s the way we’ve always done it… Sometimes it takes that non-horsey person in our lives to cause us to question the root of an equestrian tradition. (“Why do you mount on the left side?”) Other times, a training road block inspires us to look for a better way. (Is a nose band really the best answer to…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on March 27, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Faults on the horse show judge’s score card.

Minor, major, severe. Most faults carry a numeric penalty.



That’s the way we’ve always done it… Sometimes it takes that non-horsey person in our lives to cause us to question the root of an equestrian tradition. (“Why do you mount on the left side?”) Other times, a training road block inspires…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on March 25, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

What motivates horses?

What’s the payoff? A happy horse is trained based mostly on motivation. Relief from pressure (negative…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on March 4, 2013 at 8:17am — No Comments

Transitions

In riding or in life, a change of pace or a change of place. 



Transitions between gaits. Trot to canter. Canter to halt. Halt to walk. The unique “beat of the feet” changes from one gait to another. 



Transitions within a gait. The drumbeat of…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on February 27, 2013 at 7:49am — No Comments

What Makes a good coach? Part 2

Now let’s get practical. Here are some pointers from a coaching expert…

  • Analytical eye. Ability to zero in on the issue and the source of it. Developed from watching…
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Added by Lindsay Grice on February 24, 2013 at 3:02pm — No Comments

What Makes a Good Coach? Part 1

A good coach knows It's more than horse shows. Our students may take away a ribbon, year end title and "Congratulations!" from peers as they exit the ring. But if they don't take away life lessons learned from the pressure cooker of competition, we've failed as coaches. In 25 years of…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on February 4, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Coaching vs Teaching

As a younger rider, my coach failed to take the training wheels off. I was taught some valuable skills, but never learned to think by myself until I became a professional and had sink or swim. 



Now, as a certified coach, I’m always asking how I can be a better communicator and…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on January 27, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Using Spurs

A spur is really just a reaching assist (a term taken from my lifeguard days – not equine related!). 



As a woodworker might choose some smaller chisels to refine the details of his project, so spurs give a rider precision and reach in delivering his cues. …



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Added by Lindsay Grice on January 15, 2013 at 10:05pm — No Comments

At the in-gate of a New Year

Walking up the chute, through the in gate, into the ring and into the unknown at an important show? Who doesn’t have butterflies ?? 



What about at the gate of the New Year? These words give me perspective and still my butterflies as I consider the unknowns of 2013 – the economy, health,…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on January 2, 2013 at 9:34pm — No Comments

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