Halt at X Part 1

Featured in Horse Canada I write this article on return from the horse show, after judging multiple disciplines. One common denominator across divisions? The box on each score sheet in which I record a mark for the halt. Equitation,  hunter hack,  reining, western riding, driven dressage, pleasure driving, and showmanship. Good brakes are a must-have … Read moreHalt at X Part 1

How does rider focus influence injury prevention ?

As riders, keeping our minds active and our eyes moving is a recipe for success AND safety in the warm up or show ring. “How does focus influence injury prevention ? “ asked the Coaching Association of Ontario in a recent newsletter. Some highlights: When we begin learning a new sport, activity or task, our … Read moreHow does rider focus influence injury prevention ?

New Year’s to-do (and NOT to-do) lists for wise riders.

Lindsay Grice stable aisle

“Experience is not the best teacher; EVALUATED experience is”. – Dr. Howard Hendricks (pastor, professor) Spend some time though reflecting on this past year -what worked and what didn’t work What “bore fruit” in your riding program, your health, relationships and in the lives of others What you enjoyed and what you didn’t enjoy. If … Read moreNew Year’s to-do (and NOT to-do) lists for wise riders.

Horse show luck?

“Good luck!” With a final buff of my boot and a pat to the horse’s neck, the horse’s owner waves me from warm up ring to show pen before taking their place in the bleachers. Many years of showing horses, many owners, many horses, but the scene is familiar. Do you believe in luck?