As a riding coach, horse show judge, equine behaviorist and columnist, knowing the science of how horses think and learn has saved me time, trouble and trauma in training! I love helping riders solve their horse puzzles. But horses and horse shows teach us life lessons as well!
To find out more about the long distance video riding coaching, riding clinics, horse show judging and equine legal consultant work I offer, go to my site www.lgrice.com.
I changed hats t this weekend-literally. Sometimes “stuff happens” and show managers have to adjust on the fly- and so do judges! Arriving prepared to judge the western ring , I was asked if I would judge the hunter and jumper rings instead. For those who judge multiple disciplines we must learn to change hats -scoring systems, terminology, penalties, class formats, even judging location (in the ring or in a booth), depending on the assignment.
So I didn’t have my score sheets or whistle… But I did have my trusty visor!