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Riding patterns and tests. Clinic with Lindsay Grice, Dressage judge Susan Fraser. Nova Scotia E.F.

Classical and Western dressage. What's the difference? Tips on riding the current popular western discipline patterns: competitive trail, horsemanship, the new ranch horse pleasure patterns.…Continue

Started Jul 30, 2013

Negative Reinforcement

Taking away something that the horse dislikes in order to reward a desired response. Giving…Continue

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Started Jul 11, 2011


 Reinforcement: An outcome a horse receives which increases the likelihood that a response will occur again.Following a behaviour with a reinforcer (an outcome or a payoff) will cause it to happen…Continue

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Started Jun 5, 2011

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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
Lindsay Grice is a riding coach, horse trainer, equine behaviour lecturer and horse show judge. Lindsay also serves as an equine expert witness, equine legal consultant.
“I love helping riders solve their horse puzzles based on the science of how horses think and learn.” She says
Why do horses do what they do? Lindsay’s shared workshops and seminars on Equine Behaviour and Learning for provincial equine associations, therapeutic riding facilities and courses offered by University of Guelph.
She is an AQHA specialized judge, Equestrian Canada judge and a Provincial Hunter/Jumper judge.
Serving on an Equestrian Canada judging committee, she teaches seminars in General Performance (multi discipline, multi breed) judging.

She teaches clinics on showing, training and judging for horse clubs and private farms.

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“Bad mood “?…or maybe an ulcer.

Equine vets are filling up on the latest, smartest research this week at the British Equine Vet Congress.  We all benefit , don’t we?... as new evidence trickles into our barns, it changes our treatments and traditions. It often changes our minds.

Here’s just one of  the top seminar tweets…”Based on Dr. M. Hewetson’s ongoing study of owner-reported signs, most frequent clinical signs of equine glandular gastric disease are temperament changes, decreased appetite, unexpected weight loss, poor performance, and skin sensitivity.”

While a physical discomfort isn’t always the source of behavioural issues, it sure doesn’t hurt to consider!

Posted on September 24, 2018 at 4:02pm

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 halt. She was so proud that her horse stood quietly, despite outside distractions and internal adrenaline. “It’s hard when you fire them up to do other movements, then say, ‘Oh, by the way, you have to stand still.’”

 Do you ever feel you’re running on adrenaline? Overwhelmed? Overscheduled?   I’m becoming convinced that humans were designed to halt at X – to pause, turn off work and turn off the phone.  

I multitasked my way through a 10 year stretch I call the running on adrenaline years.  I felt like there were not…


Posted on September 16, 2018 at 4:00pm

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, trainers, welfare charities, breed and competition associations. As we know, these groups are often at cross- purposes!

The priority welfare challenges and solutions identified in the study include:

  • Unresolved stress or pain behavior: educating horse caregivers about signs of stress and pain

  • Inappropriate nutrition: especially, overfeeding and obesity

  • Inappropriate stabling and turnout: limited turnout, social isolation and poor grazing…

Posted on July 25, 2018 at 8:54am

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 to teach us magical tricks that are eluding us, but the fact of the matter is that riding is a very difficult sport, but it’s not that complicated.”

Agreed! I think of riding as less like magic and more like a fascinating  science.                                                               

If “equestrian science” can be distilled to a theory, I’m going to give it a try!

Love of learning + HOW to apply physical aids + understanding WHY the aids work + applying those skills skillfully and automatically = happy horse.

 Tested in…


Posted on June 13, 2018 at 3:00pm

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At 4:49pm on September 12, 2011, Frank Sheridan said…
Hows And Whys are not easily explained but you make it simple
At 3:22pm on May 31, 2011, Jackie Cochran said…
Welcome to Barnmice Lindsay!  I enjoyed your blog.
At 10:28pm on May 30, 2011, Barnmice Admin said…
Welcome Lindsay, so glad you've joined us! :)

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