Why do Horse Agility?
Horse agility is similar to dog agility, but with horses it has many benefits to both you and your horse in terms of bonding, connection and listening skills.
- release of the poll, and release of tension
- bending and muscle development
- understand simple and clear instructions e.g. STAND, WALK ON, TROT ON, WHOA, etc
- stimulates the brain and relieves boredom - do something different with your horse every day and he will be happier and calmer
- to help with balance and self confidence
- it's fun
- to encourage the horse to copy your moves furthering the great connection
- to learn how to send energy through your core breathing
If you are interested in Horse Agility, we would strongly recommend you join the Horse Agility Club to get you started. They do an on-line course every month, which you video and submit, and gradually you and your horse will move up through the complexities of the course.
If you would like some help and advice to get you started, then you could come on one of our Workshops which are designed to your particular needs.
Some people prefer to follow the Parelli route. "Parelli Natural Horsemanship’s goal is to help raise the level of horsemanship worldwide for the benefit of horses and the people who love them.
The Parelli Program is a people-training program focused on the study of horse behaviour and horsemanship skills. The program spans Four Savvys, or areas of development, through four distinct levels of skill improvement.
The cornerstones of the program are a dedication to never-ending self-improvement and an acknowledgement that the improvement of horsemanship is a lifelong pursuit for those passionate about the horse.
The program encourages students to develop creative problem-solving skills and think in a lateral manner, while taking the non-verbal feedback and expression of the horse into consideration."
This programme is helpful for those that would like to have constant help and support, with a longterm aim of having a better connection with and understanding of your horses.
'Join-up" is an important part of connection from our experience, especially for the strong minded horse that does not always want to listen to you. Monty Roberts has been practising join up for years, and with huge success with 'breaking in' young horses, but in a free-school environment in a paddock or arena this is great fun and of huge benefit for any horse at any time.
There are many people nowadays who are using what has become known as 'Natural Horsemanship' and with a little experience and understanding of yourself and your horses it is recommended that you 'cherry pick' the techniques and ideas from as many professionals as possible to suit the needs of your personal situation.