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.

What I love about being a freelance riding coach.

As the year runs out of racetrack, I reflect on what I love about being a freelance riding coach. The barn aisle conversations about riding, family and life. I love driving! A transition window to consider my lesson plan, the unique personality of the horse and rider and flip through my mental Rolodex of solutions … Read moreWhat I love about being a freelance riding coach.

Trailer loading and the Christmas story.

Many years ago, I remember the frustration of trying to convince a resistant horse onto a trailer at a horse show. “Don’t you understand?? This is the only way home!!”(meltdown moment) “If I could only become a horse, I’d show you there’s nothing to be afraid of!” Come to think of it, that’s the essence … Read moreTrailer loading and the Christmas story.

Does a racehorse know if he wins or loses?

 Dr. S McDonnell, equine behaviourist, responds to a reader’s interesting question : Q.Talk about running American Pharoah in the Breeders Cup went like this- . “It’s for the horse” and “so he can retire a winner” seem to imply that the horse understands winning and losing races. … What difference would it make to the … Read moreDoes a racehorse know if he wins or loses?

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?