The Science of how Horses Think & Learn Red ribbon personalities - horses and humans!

For instance, if he kicks out, move his haunches


from your leg on the side he kicked. If he lunges his head to- ward his neighbor, back him up. Don’t respond to emotion with emotion. Doing so is adding kindling to your horse’s smol- dering fear.

promptly but calmly make him yield to pressure, deferring his own space for every threat

to another

By Lindsay Grice, Equine Canada certified coach and show judge.

After the wave of cancelled competitions, it was

a privilege to judge two shows this past weekend. It brings fresh meaning to the codes of ethics I

signed For AQHA and Equestrian Canada “Designation as an AQHA-approved Judge (EC li- censed official) is a PRIVILEGE, not a right, bestowed by the Judges Committee to individuals whose equine expertise and personal character merit the honor.” Why does it sometimes take the loss of some-

thing we take for granted to realize what a blessing it really is? Internet down, dishwasher on the fritz, masked grocery shopping. Grumpiness (complaining about everyday irks)

turns to gratefulness with each little loss restored. De- lays in a long horse show schedule? Waiting for a tardy entry? Porta potty? Food booth runs out of coffee? No problem –it’s a PRIVILEGE to be judging a horse show!

Grumpiness. It’s not uncommon at open horse

shows to see a red ribbon fastened on the tail of a horse. The message? Stay away. I kick.

Help - my horse has a red ribbon personality!

It’s not uncommon at open horse shows to see a red ribbon fastened on the tail of a horse. The message? “Stay away. I kick.”

If your horse’s personal -space

guarding has become assertive enough to warrant a red ribbon, it's time to go back and do some homework before going off- property. Instead of donning a red tail rib-

bon, train towards expanding his social bubble. Whether the source is fear or aggression, here are 2 tips: 1. Spend time creating and repeating positive experiences beside another horse. Riding beside another horse, just inside your horse’s comfort bubble and no closer. Relax your body, soften your aids, then ride away BEFORE your horse has a chance to Repeat until the comfort bubble is closer to his neigh- bor. 2. Set the boundaries. When your horse snarks at another horse, re-establish the boundary through which he snarked .

iour. After 25 years as a competitor and horse trainer, Lindsay enjoys teaching clinics and travelling to Ontario farms as a freelance instructor. She’s taught the science of equine be- haviour and learning for horse associations, courses for University of Guelph and therapeutic riding facilities. Lindsay judges many disciplines and breeds and serves on an EC judging committee

Why do horses do what they do? “In the horse world, our traditions and evidence sometimes collide – I love to help riders solve their horse puzzles with logic, patience and equitation science.” www/

About Lindsay Grice. A horse show judge and certified riding coach with a special interest in equine behav-

horse’s space. I know some people with red ribbon per- sonalities… 1. The red ribbon PRICKLY personality. The one you‘ve learned to avoid.

Easily offended. Overly sen- sitive. • The gossip. (Will I be next on their gossip list?)

• Bitter. Still rehearsing hurts, vow- ing never to be hurt again. • Negative-lots of complaints but not many solutions.

Instead of donning a red tail ribbon, it's time to go back and do some homework before going off- property.

Train towards expanding your horse's social bubble

2. The red ribbon WINNING personality. • Grateful. Earning a few of life’s “pink ribbons” makes one savour the red ones! • Gracious. They assume the best about people until proven other- wise. • Curious. Interested in people and interested in the world. They ask

questions. They remember names.

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.” From the letter to the Corinthians, The Bible


The Fire Horse

By Lauren Bode All content copyrighted

daily contacts, I encourage others to develop closer bonds, appreciation and mu- tual trust with animals, and a respect for all life in this world.

Chapter 20 Food

lot of knowledge about feed- I do not think we have a

voice for the non-human creatures of our world, in the hope that I may assist them to obtain greater health, better understanding of their ex- pected roles, and better rela- tionships with their human partners. Through my classes and

practiced my talent for years, I speak for animals. I willingly provide a

My mission statement: Having developed and

more or invest more into horse husbandry.

fed mouldy hay due to poor storage conditions and horses colic as a result of eating this. I feel we need to know

but I think we have to take a closer look at the horses’ needs and their eating habits. Grass is good food, and hay is just dried grass. Grass has nu- trients when it is green, what does it have when it is dried? Sometimes horses are

ing horses. We go to the feed mill and buy horse food. We don’t always know every- thing that is in the feed, and even if we did, to most of us it means nothing. I am not a nutritionist,

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