Isle of Man Horse Agility Club
What is horse agility?
Just as it sounds, horse agility is very similar to dog agility. It consists of a course of obstacles, ranging from bridges and narrow gaps to jumping through hoops and walking over teeter totters. The lower levels are mostly walk and are done in hand.As the levels progess more work is done with the horse at liberty just as in dog agility. It is an excellent way to help train young horses, getting them used to lots of different things. Equally beneficial for older horses, or those no longer able to be ridden, who still want a job to do. It is open to all, happy hackers to dressage horses and eventers all benefit from horse agility.
This is what the website says;
"Horse Agility is great at keeping your horse fit physically and emotionally. As safety is a very large part of the training for Horse Agility it will help you and your horse to build a more confident relationship when working together.
- Horse Agility can help build a very close relationship with your horse.
- Horse Agility keeps your horse’s mind working constructively.
- Horse Agility is a great way to meet like minded people who may think the same way about their horse’s potential other than as a ridden horse.
- Because of the levels structure of the competitions there is always a new skill to learn and improve.
All horses and ponies can join in Horse Agility whether they are ridden or not in other competitions, they just need to be in good physical condition.
Everyone can join in Horse Agility - children and adults of all ages, fitness levels and ability, the people do the training, the horse does most of the energetic bit!"
Want to know more?
There are currently 10 levels of competition, with every new horse/handler combination starting at starter level.
- Starter Level
- First Level
- Medium Level
- Advanced Level
- Advanced 1 Star
- Advanced 2 Star
- Liberty Bronze
- Liberty Silver
- Liberty Gold
- Liberty Platinum
There are walk only classes also for each level for horses or handlers who can't trot or canter.
No equipment other than head collar, lead rope (at least 10 feet long) and protective boots (where necessary) is allowed on the horses (except Freestyle Agility where there is no equipment on the horse at all except protective boots if necessary.)
No whips, sticks etc are allowed. All handlers must wear hard hats. Gloves must also be worn if using a leadrope.
At all levels the lead rope must be loose between horse and handler without any pulling by either. Any position of the handler is acceptable from just in front of the horse to no further back than the horse’s shoulder. unless otherwise specified on the course plan. The aim is to maintain this leading position.
Higher marks are obtained if the leading position is maintained, marks deducted if the position of the handler changes throughout the exercise.
Membership to the Isle of Man club is £10 per year. Each year runs 1st January to 31st December.
If you wish your scores to count in the global league you must also register to the "International horse agility club" https://www.thehorseagilityclub.com/
There are also classes know as equigility, these consist of 5 obstacles done on foot and then ridden, at the first level a headcollar and two leadropes/reins are used, progessing to no equipment on the horses head, though a saddle with or without stirrups may be used at each level if wanted.
The Isle of Man horse agility club will hold training days and competitions throughout the year.
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