8/ JUNE 2019 THE RIDER MY SPIN: A Little Sooner Not Quicker

last reining show with the judge. I saw over the course of the weekend many things, but one thing I always see are a few exhibitors or horses start their stopping maneuver too soon. They rush their rundown - charge off like a bullet too quickly and miss their marker. They start their stop (:?) too quickly. As many of the famous trainers like Bob Avila say: “Timing is Everything.”

assistant, one of the main jobs is scribing. Another job that keeps the mind sharp. I love it. I’ve done it off and on for 27 yrs. I was watching some exhibitors at the

start cueing a little earlier then what they had previously been doing then the results were what they were looking for.

place to contemplate things..

a small engine guy that I could trust to take it too. I got the name of a great guy and was able to get the lawn tractor back today. I know what I’m doing tomorrow.... Another great

downs/stops and nailing it! It’s a matter of looking ahead. About my lawn tractor. In my defense, I didn’t have

I noticed that in the reining exhibitors doing their run-

“A Little Sooner, Not Quicker” If a rider were to plan their cues a little earlier and

Putting My Spin on Timing Reinersue @KISS Reiners

About Susan Dahl Susan Dahl, ORHA/NRHA past multiple champion, writer, blogger, author and clinician, retired certified professional horse trainer. Owner of Foundation Reining Training Cen- tre in Durham, ON. She specializes in effective horseman- ship, and reining. For more information on her services: judging, clinics or resale horses, please contact her on facebook, her website: or

15th Annual International Society for Equitation Science Conference

By Susan Dahl. I’m sitting in my sun room on a very

grey, wet day playing sudoku. It’s great for clearing my mind and to take a break from all the day to day stress. It helps me to focus and then I can think about things that I’ve put in the back of my mind to think about later. Sudoku keeps my mind sharp like

when I assist NRHA judge’s at horse shows. Though I consider myself a judge’s

Just serviced and ready to cut grass.

tor back from spring servicing. My grass is at least 10 inches tall! It will be quite a job cutting it for the first time. There’s a lesson here somewhere about timing in that situa- tion too.

About Timing I just got my old John Deere lawn trac-

minded of a saying I used to tell my stu- dents. I would mention it when students got too quick with their hands. This would often rattle the horse causing a failure on what the horse/rider combo were doing. And the rider would get frustrated. I developed a saying to explain on how to time their cues better.


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few times were exhibitors missing their markers which is a 2 point penalty. “Gotta hate when that happens.” It’s always about timing and feel isn’t it? When I noticed it a few times, I was re-

Back to the Show. What I noticed a

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The 2019 International Society for Eq- uitation Science (ISES) conference is being held in Guelph, Ontario, Canada from August 19-21. With the theme “Bringing Science to the Stable” the conference will focus on mankind’s history with horses, what we have learned about horse-human interac- tions, and how we can continue to im- prove our relationships with these amazing animals All information about the confer-

Professor, University of Guelph) and Dr Cordelie DuBois will present the Canadian Codes of Practice and wel-

conference, Sunday August 18th, will give delegates an opportunity to try their hand at large animal rescue when Rusti, a 600-pound horse mannequin, may find himself in trouble. Dr Katrina Merkies (Associate

Dr Jonaki Bhattachararyya (Ethnoe- cologist and Senior Researcher, Fire- light Group) presenting a Canadian perspective with a focus on the cul- tural relationship between wild horses and indigenous peoples. Keynote speakers include Dr Sandra Olsen (Curator-in-Charge, Biodiversity In- stitute and Natural History Museum, University of Kansas) presenting a world perspective on our social evolu- tion with horses, Dr Camie Heleski (Senior Lecturer, University of Ken- tucky) covering current Equitation Science trends and discoveries, and Dr Nic de Brauwere (Head of Welfare, Rehabilitation and Education, Red- wings Horse Sanctuary) giving an overview of how behaviour change into the future can improve equine welfare. A practical day, preceding the

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