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
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
Started Jun 5, 2011
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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…Continue
Posted on June 13, 2018 at 3:00pm
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 jumping effort. It just minimizes the impact on the horse. I have a dressage trainer who works with me full-time… [lateral movements ] make my horses really in tune with my aids. They become really responsive off the legs, and that’s useful for what we do.” U.S Olympian show jumper, Kent Farrington.
Jumping is fun. Fundamentals…less so. I know that makes me a “less fun” coach at times, but being on course or in a crowded warm-up ring on a distracted horse without fundamentals is about as fun…Continue
Posted on June 6, 2018 at 3:00pm
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 for everyone – even when in 2nd place. The rider or coach who encounters a roadblock and before turning up the volume, asks – could it be ME, miscommunicating more than THEY not getting it?
Reminds me of a story I read about the rabbi, Jesus, the night before He’d die, stooping down to wash the feet of His student disciples. It’s a good reset for me to remember I’m here to serve my clients and meet their needs. Why did He do it? The account says it’s because He knew who He was,…Continue
Posted on May 30, 2018 at 3:00pm
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. Does an "Own the Podium" attitude, get in the way of some riding disciplines and get ribbons in another? Hmmm... I wonder about swagger's effect on human (and even horse) relationships. Maybe a happy medium between humility and smug-over-substance. What do you think?
Posted on May 23, 2018 at 3:12pm