Added by Lindsay Grice on December 28, 2012 at 7:57am — No Comments
Smart. Clever. Dull. Clueless. We all have stories of horses that connect the dots and others that …don’t. So, really, are some horses sharper than others?
As a trainer, I’ll swear to the value of having a well-defined, systematic approach to training. I’ve also learned (sometimes the…Continue
Horse psychology insights: for a winning edge in the show ring and in…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on November 12, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Added by Lindsay Grice on November 5, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Flight response: A horse’s instinct as a prey animal, to flee from perceived danger.
Dr Andrew Mclean says “A structure deep inside the brain called the amygdala, sorts out stimuli as to whether they are fearful or not. Fearful stimuli receive special recognition by the brain in terms of…
Added by Lindsay Grice on October 29, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
Added by Lindsay Grice on October 23, 2012 at 8:55am — No Comments
Out on the trail, bushwhacking through woods too thick to walk through on foot, we come across a fallen tree, branches everywhere, and pine trees on the other side. Vinnie is behind us, following. I ask Oakley to approach so I can see if there is a way around. While I'm looking around, he keeps walking up to the tree, looks down at the trunk as if to say "oh, this up to my chest. I can't step over this... I'll have to jump..." and…Continue
Can riders transfer stress to their horses? A study presented at the International Equitation Science Symposium several years ago confirms it…
53 pairs of horses and riders were tested (each of the 26 horses at least twice with a different rider). Riders were also asked to rate…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on October 1, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Sending a Horse Out for Training, and Then He Comes Home
First, I admire and respect a lot of people who train horses. Training horses can take a lot of bravery, knowledge and skill. Trainers are IMPORTANT, good ones can clear up the confusion of the horse, show the horse how to move better, and train the horse to be obedient to the rider. Good trainers can also humanely train a horse for many of the specialized games that people like to do. Good trainers can take a ruined horse…Continue
I reasoned the stressful part for the horses would be what’s going on inside the ring. Performing in close proximity to other…Continue
A Few Thoughts on How Training Has Changed
When I started with my first horse over 40 years ago horse training was sort of considered an esoteric activity that only adepts could do. Most people sent horses to trainers because only trainers had the equipment and the secret knowledge necessary to train horses. After several months at the trainer’s place the horse came home, hopefully knowing enough about carrying and obeying a rider to do whatever its owner wanted.
It was so…Continue
As a judge and competitor, I’ve seen a lot of bad horse show experiences. From horses who begin to anticipate in the class to those who refuse to go in the gate. There are riders falling off and others just falling apart emotionally.
If training a horse is like climbing a…
We’ve all been there: Schooling our horse, asking for something, but not getting the right answer. We try one thing and then another, the work is sticky so we try a bit harder. At the same time, the horse feels a bit more resistant.
“This wasn’t just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it.” -Dorothy Parker.Continue
It’s been 40 years since I got summers off to play and ride, and then lost sleep over what to…
Added by Anna Blake on August 24, 2012 at 8:37am — No Comments
Dr Camie Heleski, Michigan State University, describes a study that illustrates this point…
In a study by Flannery, ponies…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on August 23, 2012 at 7:44pm — No Comments
Oakley had a light July.
We aren't going anywhere for August, and probably not in Septermber, either.
We are going to concentrate on basic dressage work and jumping skills over low jumps.
First, because he got kicked good and hard by a mare who wears…Continue
My hay guy got a new truck- a pristine dually in a pearlized-platinum color, with near Porsche-like lines. That big diesel engine hums like a finely tuned tank. If Tony Soprano had a truck, it would look like this. I liked it even more the second time I saw it, muddy and mussed. Should a dually really be this sexy?
I am the other kind of truck owner-…Continue
Added by Anna Blake on May 4, 2012 at 8:19am — No Comments
In the information age, Q and A columns , blogs, and on -line forums provide an buffet of answers to the questions horse owners have as they try to communicate with their 1000 lb., non-English speaking partners. The process of equine training and management can be puzzling. In in the horse world,…Continue
Added by Lindsay Grice on April 13, 2012 at 9:36pm — No Comments