Horse Agility Trials: A Step-By-Step Introduction to the Sport
Vanessa Bee took a look at dog agility trials and had an epiphany: Why not try Horse Agility training? To do that, you set the goal that your horse will negotiate obstacles at liberty, as dogs do, without using a lead, halter or whip. Which means the horse should be doing it because he wants to!
The Horse Agility Handbook helps you understand how it can be done. Using body language techniques and training from methods like natural horsemanship and Tellington-Jones's TTouch®, Bee emphasizes the importance of just spending time observing your horses, learning their language of gestures, and then learning how to gesture in return in ways that are meaningful to them.
With patience, small incremental steps and consistent signals, you can teach your horse to trust you as leader and negotiate obstacles. Bee lists familiar items which can become obstacles: natural objects like logs, rugs or tarpaulins, flexible tubing, tires, the list is endless and just needs to be safe, in case a horse reacts unexpectedly. Her discussion considers the variety of responses you may encounter, and does a wonderful job of breaking tasks down to simple steps that help your horse learn to trust and want to follow you through progressively more complex courses. Well illustrated with photos, although not as extensively as Wiemers’s book, I love the idea of Agility Training!
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