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The Horse Agility Handbook
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The amazing thing about horses is there's one out there suited for just about every human. They come in all colors, shapes, and sizes, and we've trained them to excel at any number of riding sports that appeal to human personalities across the board. But until now, there hasn't been an internationally recognized, competitive horse sport dedicated to those horse lovers who most enjoy working their horse from the ground. With Horse Agility, that's 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 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. Think, for a moment, of the hugely popular Dog Agility classes you've no doubt seen it is no secret they're enjoyed by countless canines and their handlers, all over the world. With great exuberance and palpable enjoyment, a dog dashes around a colorful obstacle course, following subtle direction from his handler. Usually this occurs without a leash, and without other devices designed to "persuade" him to participate. The dog completes the course because he chooses to NOT because he is constrained, forced, whipped, prodded, or bribed. 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.""
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About the Author

Vanessa Bee is a professional horse handler who teaches safe handling, ground skills, and horse agility to equine students, wardens, equine clubs, and all equine staff, volunteers, and inspectors for Ireland's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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"International Horse Agility Club founder Vanessa Bee offers the advice you need to get started in the sport of horse agility, including proper handling, body language, obstacle and course construction, and organizing events." --"Horse Illustrated" (August 2012) "A qualified teacher with a degree in education, (Vanessa Bee) explains in 15 chapters the progression from attitude and suitability through working the horse at liberty to the construction of safe obstacles and the organization of playdays and competitions." --"Lone Star Horse Report "(June 2012) "Using a basis of natural horsemanship techniques, . . . Vanessa Bee, covers all aspects of the sport, including instructions for construction of obstacles as well as the proper procedure for introducing this type of play to your horse. . . . This book introduces you to a fun, new way to bond with your horse." --"Equine Journal" (January 2013)

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