As a coach, judge, equine behaviorist and columnist, knowing how horses think and learn has saved me time, trouble and trauma in training! Whether coaching at the in gate, teaching in a classroom or speaking to an audience, I show riders how to bridge the communication barrier using the science of how horses and humans think.
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What’s the point? At a recent horse show judging conference we
were reminded to consider the intent of the rules and be guided by the purpose
of the class standard to guide our decisions.
A helpful hint? Use words to describe the round, pattern before
For instance, words to describe conformation are balance, structural correctness. Is
this the horse in front of me or am I swayed by a doll head, swan neck or a
huge hip that doesn’t match the rest of the body?
In equitation, connection, use of aids. Not invisible aids
-we’re looking for a rider who is effectively communicating to her horse. There
is a difference between poise and pose.
Accuracy. Is there
precision and geometry to the pattern? Punctuation to the transitions?
Authority. Assertivness. A credit
earning maneuver requires an extra degree of difficulty - an element of risk.
Using words instead of numbers helps a judge land on the right
It was Jesus who first stressed the big picture – the spirit of
the law vs. the letter of the law.
Obeying rules is empty unless flowing from a desire to reflect the
heart of the One who wrote the rule!