Do you know the difference between Horse Agility, In-Hand Trail, and Halter Obstacle?
There are some differences. Let’s start with Horse Agility. This is the newest and one of the fastest growing Equestrian sports. Horse Agility is about navigating an obstacle course on the ground. The horse and handler are rewarded based on their relationship and communication when going through the obstacle course. It’s a great way to develop trust and a deeper bond with your horse without riding. It gives those who can’t or don’t want to ride something to do with their horse that is fun and exciting.
Any equine can participate from miniature horses to drafts along with donkeys and mules. Horse Agility is great for horses that can’t be ridden for physical reasons and for ponies that are too small for adults to ride.
It’s also for those who do ride it takes your horsemanship skills to another level. You will start online (halter and lead) with your horse completing a basic obstacle course. There are different levels of competition with some of the higher levels being against the clock and at liberty (no halter or lead).
Horse Agility is centered around how well you communicate with your horse and their response to you. It’s not about jerking or forcing your horse to complete the obstacle. It’s about improving your communication skills and building a strong cooperative partnership. It develops the horse’s confidence from the ground as well as yours. [Read more…] about Difference Between Horse Agility and In-hand Trail or Halter Obstacle