Why do horses do what they do?

As a riding coach, horse show judge and specialist in equine behavior, I’m fascinated by the science and research of how horses really think and learn. Equitation science explains a lot of what happens in the show arena.
And how horses learn best in the training arena.
 Having the heart of a teacher, I love to communicate not only the whats and hows of working with horses… but WHY.

Lindsay Grice statium

Freelance riding coach

VIDEO COACHING now available!

Need a fresh perspective? I make farm visits to Ontario stables. For a pre-show tune up or help solving your “horse puzzle”. Occasionally or weekly. Coaches, supplement your program with equitation science sessions for you or your students.

In a typical riding session I will:

  • watch you and your horse working as a team, observing your signals and noting your horse’s responses.
  • target some trouble spots
  • suggest specific, do-able changes based on equitation science – how horses think and learn
  • provide you with homework ideas

more about riding lessons

I got more out of my one hour session with Lindsay that in many years of lessons!”
L.S., Wingham, Ontario

Lindsay Grice Palgrave

Workshops and riding clinics


“Is it me or my horse?” Participants gain insights from fascinating equine research in workshops and practical riding sessions. Riders go home with a game plan for the training ring, warm up ring, or show ring.

“Thanks again for a fantastic weekend clinic! You are so gifted as a teacher. People
are asking when are you are coming back??”
J.L. riding coach, Nova Scotia.

I would like to thank you again for the wonderful presentation that you did for CARD.The volunteers are still talking about how much they learned.”
Staff, Therapeutic riding facility, Toronto,  Ontario.

Lindsay's blog

It’s More Than Horse Shows.
Horse training tips,  equitation science research and some life lessons learned from horses and horse shows! 

Here’s a sample:

Worry and Horses

Horses like predictability. So do we!

Transitions – in riding and in life

What I love about being a freelance riding coach

When experienced riders become stuck in a rut.

Heads up! Heels down! The line between equitation poise and pose.

When things go wrong in the show ring. Part 1