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 behaviour, mutual trust, and a healthy partnership — before 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 sport of Horse Agility.
Horse trainer Vanessa Bee, founder of the International Horse Agility Club, says that we need to change the way we think about horses and the sports and activities we so often pursue with them. She sees no reason the horse cannot enjoy your time together so much, he will choose to ‘play’ with you — over, under, and through obstacles, without a lead rope, even when loose in a large, grassy pasture. Hard to believe? Try it for yourself! The Horse Agility Handbook has all you need to get started in the sport, including lessons in handling and body language, directions for obstacle and course construction, and information for managing competitions and ‘play days’.
- The complete start-up guide to training horses in horse agility
- Written by horsewoman Vanessa Bee – Founder of the International Horse Agility Club and 3-Minute Horsemanship
- Explains a step-by-step process: first developing a relationship with one’s horse and then continue together to build confidence and co-operation
- Covers horse and handler basics, obstacle construction and organising and judging competitions
- Horse agility is an activity and a sport which provides a place for those people and horses who may not wish to, or be able to, work under saddle
Vanessa Bee is the founder of the International Horse Agility Club (thehorseagilityclub.com). With a training facility in England and her own method known as Positive Horsemanship, she specialises in building relationships between the horse and the handler from the ground up. Vanessa has been around horses most of her life, working in racing stables, then driving competitively in her early twenties when she was given an “unrideable” racehorse as a wedding present. She soon discovered that there are many ways of teaching horsemanship. Vanessa developed a series of courses that teach people of all abilities to achieve a positive relationship with their horse. By creating the ‘Club’, she provided a social and competitive outlet for those relationships to grow. Her previous titles include 3-Minute Horsemanship (JA Allen).
- Book Specifications
Sub Heading A Step-by-Step Introduction to the Sport ISBN 9781570764882 Author Vanessa Bee Binding Paperback Extent 239 x 188mm, 192 pages Illustrations 200 colour photographs Ebook No
'Whether you plant to compete or just have a good time with groundwork, this book introduces you to a fun, new way to bond with your horse.' Equine Journal
'I recommend The Horse Agility Handbook as a guide to fun new ways to work with your horse.' Mid-South Horse Review
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