Lindsay Grice's Blog (114)

Halt at X.

Credit: Dana's Doodles

Like bookends to the dressage pattern’s rhythm and brilliance, the halt is a moment to compose beforehand and reflect afterwards. This week Jill Irving reflected on her FEI WEG performance regarding the challenge of the…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on September 16, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

4 Areas To Improve Horse Welfare

What are the welfare challenges facing pleasure and competition horses? A four-year research study, led by academics at the University of Bristol’s School of Vet Sciences set to find out. I thought it was cool that experts from across the equine industry contributed to the research- vets, farriers,…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on July 25, 2018 at 8:54am — No Comments

Equitation science

I love this thought from Clinician, Chris Sorensen at the recent EC Convention (Can. Equestrian Team) “One of the most amazing things that you learn as you train with top people around the world is that almost all of them practice basics every day. We all think that these famous riders are going…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on June 13, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Jumping horses as little as possible?

On the benefits of installing lateral “buttons “ on competitive horses, while “jumping as little as possible.”

“I do lots of flat work. A work a lot of poles on the ground to replicate the same kind of training that’s required for the course, but over a rail on the ground instead of having a…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on June 6, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Riding with confident humility.

Humility - The professional horse trainer who joins in to help set the trail course. The champion who uses his moment in the spotlight to share his own life challenges as encouragement. The clinician who includes the novice riders along with the experienced. The judge who smiles. The winning rider who claps…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on May 30, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The confident rider – how much is too much?

Our prime minister set off a national conversation about showing more "swagger" as entrepreneurs in business. So as a riding coach I was thinking - what's the role for swagger in the horse world? Is riding different than in other sports?  Some describe it as an expectation of success. Others, cockiness.…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on May 23, 2018 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Ever wonder…Why does the horse jump? For the love of it? Or simply easier to cooperate?

Just thinking through what it’s like to be a horse is bound to make us better riders and appreciate our equine partners!



“Consider, for example, a horse and rider preparing to jump a four-foot wall. Jumping serves the rider’s interests—recognition and a ribbon! The…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on April 25, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Nosebands – how tight is too tight?

Standard equipment in English disciplines. Training equipment in western.  While nosebands are designed to prevent bit evasion, in the horse business, we’re inclined to default into thinking “If a little is good, more is better! Are we masking bit evasion without asking WHY the horse might be…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on April 18, 2018 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Do horses sense fear?

Have you ever been unsettled by your classmate’s handwringing before an exam? Or the patient before you holding their jaw as they emerge from the dentist’s room?

Its not that you sense or smell fear. You’re reading their body language….and catching it like an infection.

Riders often tell…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on April 11, 2018 at 8:40pm — No Comments

Brakes

Reliable brakes – not just for reiners!  Anyone ever been thankful for a horse who had a braking safety feature installed? An accident averted, an equitation class won, an opportunity to re-group before things got “out of hand”?

I’ve been thankful for horses that know “whoa” before they steps on…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on March 19, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The horse’s flight response. Practice makes perfect.

Flight response is a prey animal’s instinct 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 remembering…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on March 12, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Horses and Fences

Don’t give up what you want most for what you want right now.



I had the privilege of speaking to a student group last night- Life Lessons Learned from Horses. From the city, on outdoor education at a local retreat centre, everyone had experienced their first “horse…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on March 11, 2018 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Horse learning: Licking and chewing-takin’ it with a grain of salt

Is it an AHA moment in a horse’s understanding? A sign of submission or a sigh of relief?

Always one to ask questions, I think a little differently about the licking and chewing thing  than I did in earlier years training horses. We recognize this mouth behaviour…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on February 14, 2018 at 6:55am — No Comments

De-stress horse handling procedures.

Applying science-based learning principles for any horse training scenario, Dr. Sue McDonnell suggests how to de-stress 5 common stressful vet treatment procedures. It's common for equestrians to unintentionally train avoidance responses using pressure and release in the wrong timing. “We put pressure, the horses react, we back off because we have to because they're big or we weren't prepared, and the horse almost immediately gets into an avoidance cycle,” she said. “Recognize when something…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on February 6, 2018 at 6:21pm — No Comments

New Year, new horse show rules.

It’s human to look for a fresh start every January, isn’t it?

 

New habits and attitudes to replace or tweak the old ways.

 

And because it’s our human nature to find a loophole, horse show committees roll out new or tweaked rules to close them!

 Judges and stewards reset our inner scoring systems. Competitors tweak tack and even training techniques.

 

What’s new from EC?

No ear phones or earbuds in the show ring. And only one…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on January 8, 2018 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Riding bareback: when natural is not necessarily better.

That bareback beach riding bucket list experience - a tender moment for the rider, yet perhaps differently “tender” for the horse.

In several recent studies researchers have confirmed the benefits of pressure -distribution thanks to saddle trees, making them a better option…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on November 25, 2017 at 10:45am — No Comments

Am I allowed to use a bitless bridle?

 I'm asked this question at a few open shows per season. Currently most rule books do not permit bitless bridle.

At the Global Dressage Forum. Dr. Andrew McLean one of the panel experts “How you train the bitless bridle depends on the hands at the other end. I think you can have the horse light in…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on November 17, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Ready for the show – bitless or not!

I applaud Melanie Ferrio-Wise  not so much for going bridleless at the Washington Horse show, but for the systematic process she took to get there.

As a riding a teacher, I’m excited about process– understanding and enjoying the journey, not just the results.  Teaching skills and cues to your horse,…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on November 10, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Bridless Jumper class

Even with one refusal and two rails, which dropped them to 24th in the placings, Melanie Ferrio-Wise  was delighted with her performance at the Washington International. She rode the course with a neck rope instead of a bridle!

She describes her horse as a tough horse unable to handle the stress of…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on November 3, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Cowboy Up!

Oops!  I ironed a hole right through my dress pants for the second day of judging in Israel.  And my pants from the previous day had a small rip beginning.  No needle and thread…maybe duct tape?  Prayed for the seam to hold as I crawled through fences…gingerly!

I had to take my own advice-when things go…

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Added by Lindsay Grice on October 25, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

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