I can still hear my early instructors barking at me. Like any novice, while I focused on keeping my horse going or identifying the right diagonal, my hands would elevate and bounce around. But the more I tried to force them down, the stiffer and more jarring they became. As a coach, I make it a goal to…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on April 24, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments
I learned equitation fundamentals to the repetitive tune of “head up, heels down!” trotting around and around the riding school ring. I aquired the “whats” of riding in those early years, but didn’t get good answers to my “whys!” It’s a shame – if I’d grasped the logic and the science behind…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on April 17, 2017 at 10:16am — No Comments
Are ponies tougher than horses?
French researchers say so.
Speaking about the ways we can preserve the welfare and sanity of riding lesson horses, Dr. Clémence Lesimple said that poor riding technique has the greatest impact on the presence of injuries, and it also has an effect on stereotypy…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on February 3, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments
The more we ride them the better we get at memorizing them. We build upon previous experiences and observations. Our brains are actually changed. We’re learning to learn.
So, if experience goes through the routine, perhaps wisdom says, This is the way things typically go.
Added by Lindsay Grice on January 27, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments
They’re everywhere – advertising vacations to vaccinations (if you love your horse, you’ll immunize with…)
Winston Churchill got it right- “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
Horses are therapy. They make us feel good.
Added by Lindsay Grice on January 20, 2017 at 7:21pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on November 21, 2016 at 5:23pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on October 31, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
“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.…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on October 24, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on October 7, 2016 at 7:55am — No Comments
I changed hats t this weekend-literally. Sometimes “stuff happens” and show managers have to adjust on the fly- and so do judges! Arriving prepared to judge the western ring , I was asked if I would judge the hunter and jumper rings instead. For those who judge multiple disciplines we must learn to change hats…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on September 11, 2016 at 2:08pm — No Comments
"Just get back on! You don't want to lose your nerve."
"Why not enter the trail class? You're at the show anyway."
"Are you coming out on a hack with us?"
Well-meaning invitations, but sadly, invitations into situations for which neither you nor your horse are quite…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on July 29, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments
Traditions run deep in the horse world. From tack to training, to the terms we use ...WHY? - I figure it doesn't hurt to ask! Hey sometimes I've found there's a good reason - someone way smarter than me "invented the wheel" and doesn't need ME to re-invent it :) So I'll keep asking...
Like the new…
Added by Lindsay Grice on July 22, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
Traditions persist in the horse world. Does anyone know why flat classes traditionally start on the left rein? I caused a little stir recently, at an open hunter show by starting on the right rein in an equitation class. Can you think of other enduring (though puzzling) equine traditions?
Sometimes we get stuck in a rut, until evidence leads us to look outside. I do like how AQHA is encouraging judges to mix up the gait calls and direction of flat classes. I do this…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on July 18, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments
As a stereotypically reserved Canadian, judging a horse show last fall in Israel, it was culture shock. Animated and passionate in communicating, what an initially rattled me (what’s the commotion??), became endearing to me.
The big idea behind “horse whispering” is the use of subtle body…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on June 17, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
Some people read people really well …picking up on subtle cues, interpreting body language -social cognition. You can actually take a quiz to rate “ your emotional intelligence”, if you’re at home with nothing better to do (perhaps, in itself, a sign of a social introvert?)
Added by Lindsay Grice on June 10, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on March 19, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on March 12, 2016 at 4:40pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on January 11, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on December 14, 2015 at 2:18pm — No Comments
Steering a horse with one hand is like adding another language to your horse’s education. Initially trained to speak “direct rein”, as the horse advances in his education you’ll begin to communicate with a curb bit and introduce pressure from the neck.
As an english rider, entering the western world,…
Added by Lindsay Grice on December 14, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments