Reading horses (and people).

Lindsay Grice stable aisle

Researchers observed equine  body language and facial expressions  in a grooming study, comparing these visible responses  to what’s under the surface – blood cortisol, oxytocin levels  and heart rate. As a coach, I encourage riders to read their horses –to check in every couple of seconds with how their signals are reflected in their horse’s … Read more Reading horses (and people).

Connecting with your horse through trail obstacle competition!

Judging the CQHA trail obstacle challenge at the Happy Trails Horse Park , my score sheet reflected the connection (and patience!) of horses and riders. When you think about it, the horse doesn’t know if that water obstacle is 2 ft or 20 ft deep. He doesn’t know that the bridge REALLY  IS sturdy and … Read more Connecting with your horse through trail obstacle competition!

Trail Obstacle Challenge – “This will be on the test!”

Math exam, driving exam – we’ve all been there. Unknown questions are best faced with well-rehearsed  fundamentals. Judging the Mountain Trail challenge show at Happy Trails Horse Park, it was cool to see riders navigate their horses through unfamiliar obstacles with familiar cues. Though not permitted to practice the obstacles on competition day, some had … Read more Trail Obstacle Challenge – “This will be on the test!”

5 top reasons for horse and rider communication gaps.

Glitches in the training ring or show ring can usually be sourced to communication issues: mixed messages or muffled cues. When I started to study the science about horse behaviour and learning, it confirmed many things I’d discovered by trial and error as a coach and trainer. Learning WHY gave substance to the HOW. And … Read more 5 top reasons for horse and rider communication gaps.

How low is too low? Head position in the show ring.

An excellent article from champion Bob Avila, addresses a horse show  trend that’s been troubling  me as a horseperson and judge.  Another trend I hope our governing associations will consider  “reining back” , for the welfare of our industry and the welfare of the horse.  (Every discipline has its trends!) It’s the extreme low, even … Read more How low is too low? Head position in the show ring.