Skipping the Reset

By Lindsay Grice

In the middle of the horse show class, a reining rider pauses to reset after 4 spins…to think…to plan for the canter departure ahead. So, what’ll I do with the free space left from cancelled horse activities, horse shows and daily appointments? Slow work or no work? Though voices from our screens call us to fill the slow moments with scrolling, swiping, checking and clicking, what might we miss?

Psychologists say boredom sparks creativity. Bored kids build forts and invent weird games. Bored horses invent weird things to do with their lips.

Some of my best insights come in early morning driving hours to teach a riding clinic or judge a horse show. Resisting the call of the radio button. Planning, thinking, praying and singing… Resetting, before the lead departure into the day ahead.

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, Jesus said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile’ … and He had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So He began teaching them many things.” from the book of Mark, the Bible.

-Lindsay Grice is an equestrian coach, horse show judge and specialist in
equine behavioural science. Her love for teaching riders was sparked as a summer staff riding instructor at Teen Ranch. Visit her blog “It’s More Than Horse Shows at lindsaygriceridingcoach.com

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