All aspects of competing in equine agility are reviewed in this handlerís guide, including explanations of the basics of the horse itself, the reasoning behind their behavior, and getting and maintain......more
All aspects of competing in equine agility are reviewed in this handlerís guide, including explanations of the basics of the horse itself, the reasoning behind their behavior, and getting and maintaining their attention before training. Respecting the animal but keeping safety in mind at all times, the appropriate attitudes for both horse and teacher are discussed along with maintaining the appropriate level of patience. Covering the safe construction and negotiation of obstacles, this all-inclusive handbook also demonstrates how to use imagination to develop the scope of even the simplest structure. Methods for safely approaching the horse to catch and lead it are presented as well as how to look for signs of compliance and acceptance, encouraging the horse to see the handler as an efficient leader. With an outline of competitive levels, tips on organizing competitions and training days, and a troubleshooting section, this study also features helpful case studies of real life situations.
THE AMAZING THING about horses is thereís one out there suited for just about every human. They come in all colors, shapes, and sizes, and weíve trained them to excel at any number of riding sports that appeal to human personalities across the board. But until now, there hasnít been an internationally recognized, competitive horse sport dedicated to those horse lovers who most enjoy working their horse from the ground. With Horse Agility, thatís all changing.
Over the past few decades, an evolution in how we go about training horses has encouraged horse owners to spend more time handling their horse on the ground in order to achieve good behavior, mutual trust, and a healthy partnershipóbefore they ever think about getting in the saddle. This has created a generation of horsemen and women perfectly poised to pursue the competitive and social benefits of the...
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