Lindsay Grice's Blog (58)

AQHA's Lip Chain Rule

Thoughts on AQHA's lip chain rule…I'm all for policy developed on evidence – which often collides with emotion In the horse biz, where we can get stuck in "we've always done it this way" kinda thinking.

Glad to see AQHA committee members consulted with animal welfare, vet, and…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on April 30, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Let the record show…and Easter.

It’s easier to check up on claims of “success stories” these days. Show records are readily available and information abounds through a simple web search. AQHA, for instance, provides detailed records of the show ring performance of horses and riders. It’s now easier to “look before you leap” into that…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on April 6, 2015 at 8:39am — No Comments

Bit evasions and Good Friday.

This week I saw a horse who’d had enough. He just took the bit between his teeth, locked his jaw and trotted off on a tangent out of the circle, toward the gate. The rider tugged away but the horse’s neck and determination were set like stone. This riding lesson was over, as far as he was…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on April 1, 2015 at 7:44am — No Comments

How to Use Spurs Effectively

I don’t use spurs, because I don’t want to make my horse dull!”

If you’ve shared this opinion with so many riders I meet, you’re in good company!

But what if I suggested that the opposite might also be true?  As a woodworker might choose smaller chisels to refine the details of his project, so…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on March 21, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Cleaning Out the Trailer Tack Room- and Other Life Lessons

Ok, honestly, who cleans out the trailer tack room after the last show?  But isn’t  that spring show motivation to unload the moldy ribbons and rusty bobby pins before loading the horses and hitting the road?

Wow – it made me think of how this wisdom applies to other…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on March 9, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Judging Horses – The Spirit of The Rule

What’s the point? At a recent horse show judging conference we were reminded to consider the intent of the rules and be guided by the purpose of the class standard to guide our decisions.  

A helpful hint? Use words to describe the round, pattern before us.  

For instance, words to describe…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on January 13, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Judging Horses – Stick to the Score!

Attending the AQHA judges conference in Dallas – felt like being part of a large orchestra. One of 300 judges, tuning up to be on key with the standard, and in sync with one another. So many experienced, talented horseman,  yet personal preference, interpretation and bias were to be laid aside – a reminder…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on December 13, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Mounting Block Manners

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Added by Lindsay Grice on September 2, 2014 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Details That Make a Winner

We’ve all heard it – it’s the attention to details that makes a winner. So over the next few columns, can I share some of the details I see overlooked as I walk across the show grounds or sit in the judge’s booth?

Gotta say, most of these are training oversights. And believe me, years ago I’d…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on August 29, 2014 at 8:30pm — No 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,…
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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

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