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The Horse Agility Handbook


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Introduction to Horse Agility How to Use This Book 1. What is Horse Agility 2. General Equipment 3. Horse and Handler Attitude and Suitability 4. Catching and Releasing 5. Room to Move 6. Leading the Horse 7. Understanding Softness and Acceptance in the Horse 8. How your Horse knows what you want 9. Working the Horse 'Free' 10. Coping with Unwanted Behaviours 11. Introducing Agility Obstacles 12. The Obstacles 13. Constructing Safe Obstacles 14. Organising Play Days and Competitions 15. The Future Index

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.


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 organising events.
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.
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 organisation of playdays and competitions.

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