work -- Whisper and Heidi
have fun with the jump.
Leading through the curtain
Committment at the jump.
investigates the tarp.
There's a Horse Agility Division for Minis, and one for donkeys too!
line work - Scout and
Deb approach the jump
- top photo taken in May,
bottom photo in September
- notice the improvement
“I do love how obedient my horse is after spending a whole day doing ground work. It seemed like he was an entirely different creature than all the other horses on the show grounds. There were so many horses having issues with basic ground manners, trouble bridling, trouble mounting, trouble standing, trouble loading, some with all these issues. Made me appreciate every moment I've spent gaining my horse's trust and being able to communicate so clearly with him” - Jerilyn
Welcome to Horse Agility! This
exciting new sport began in 2010 as
a small local club in the United Kingdom.
The club was founded by Vanessa Bee,
The Horse Agility Handbook. Its work
fosters clear, positive communication
(not control), improved confidence
and healthy emotional interactions
between horses and their handlers.
you: Horse Agility develops
your horse: Horse Agility
you both: Horse Agility
communication and lots more
trust - on
Club and connect,
internationally! Learn more >
from The International
Club in 2011 and is
now one of
Horse Agility Training, Play Days & Events-All done in-hand, on the ground.
Check our Schedule for upcoming Horse Agility Play Days & Events, held at NECH, Guilford VT and various locations around New England and beyond.
Learn & practice new skills and explore new challenges together with your horse in a safe and fun way. Each Agility day includes skills training and obstacle work, followed by a fun 10-course competition. All of this work is done in halter only. Simply bring your horse, pack a lunch and enjoy the day with us!
Horse Agility Resources
The Horse Agility Handbook
Written by Vanessa Bee, the founder of The International Horse Agility Club, this comprehensive guide to Horse Agility includes progressive training on obstacles, sample courses, instructions for building obstacles and more.
24.95, plus $2.89 shipping within the US.
The Horse Agility DVD
by Vanessa Bee
A step by step guide to the sport.
$29.95, plus $2.15 shipping within the US.
Training for Agility
Horse Agility training promotes safe
and respectful partnerships between
you and your horse. It begins with
self-awareness and developing a good
set of horsemanship skills on the
ground. One important goal is to achieve
clear communication and the ability
to move your horse in every direction
and gait, through use of body language,
not through applying pressure. Attending
workshops or clinics on horsemanship
skills, improving relationships, round
pen training, obstacle training and
confidence building are all good sources
HAAT’s (Horse Agility Accredited
HAAT’s are knowledgeable instructors
and trainers who uphold the values
of the sport for horse and handler.
The program promotes improved partnerships,
confidence, communication, (not control)
and FUN, between humans and horses.
All participants begin competing at
the Starter Level in halter and leadline,
working towards developing the necessary
skills and communication that will
lead them towards performing at Liberty.
Many horse agility trainers schedule
training/play days to allow for practice
and problem solving.
How & Where to Compete
All competitors begin competing in
halter on the Starter Level obstacle
course and move up the levels when
they have achieved the appropriate
amount of points. The popular OLHA
(On Line Horse Agility) competitions
allow horse enthusiasts to compete
internationally, without ever leaving
home. Participants simply download
the monthly obstacle course, set it
up, practice and then send in a video
of their performance. Videos are judged
monthly and the results are posted
on line. You can see where you placed
within your country as well as internationally.
You will even receive a personalized
e-mail with your individual obstacle
scores and comments. Check our schedule
for videotaping opportunities throughout
How To Get Started
It’s easy-just visit www.TheHorseAgilityClub.com and click on “Join the Club”
& “Become a Member”.
Upon joining you will receive an e-mail
asking how you heard about the club
(that is where you mention my name),
information about yourself and your
horse. The club will then mail you
a Club Handbook and membership cards
for you and your horse. You can begin
practicing and competing through OLHA
right away. That is all there is to