Horse Agility Monthly Challenge

We are running a monthly introductory horse agility competition with different obstacles each month which you can use as a training exercise with feedback £3.75 – start any time or £5.00 for competition. 

There is a free Bloopers competition which will also bring a monthly prize, this is free to enter in the form immediately below. The bloopers will be published to the facebook page and voted on each month. Please continue to the bottom for the competition entry form.

Entries will be marked as soon as possible after receipt and recorded on the Leaderboard throughout the monthh.  Your results will be emailed to you as soon as they are marked. 

Last entry deadline is 11.59pm last day of each month.

Your first entry fee can be offset when you join the International Horse Agility Club and receive 15% off your first year’s basic membership if you join through Tolt.Club and you also receive two free entries into the Online Horse Agility Competition.

The objective is to use obstacles and set up a course that will help your horse to become braver and bolder. As you go over, under, beside or through the assorted obstacles you and your horse will become more confident. In the process of teaching your horse how to go through the course, you will develop a better relationship with your horse learning to communicate with each other.

We start with simple steps and over time the challenges will grow.

There are four categories:
1: In-hand with your horse in a head-collar and leadrope.
2: Walking with your horse at liberty
3: Riding your horse
4: Long-reining

There will be 7 obstacles each month and 6 must be attempted.
A video of you and your horse doing 6 obstacles is submitted. Marks will be allocated: 5 total marks are available for how the horse tackles the obstacle and 5 marks for the handling or riding.

While you can do the obstacles in any order, the video must be a continuous sequence so that you move directly from one obstacle to the next.

5 marks will be allocated for how the horse tackles the obstacle. As we want this to be primarily a good learning experience for both you and your horse, we would encourage people to listen to their horses’ worries. For instance if your horse can’t (for now) walk within 6 feet of flags, then find the distance where he is comfortable and submit that. Or if your horse can only stand without you for 3 seconds, then fine. Your horse being calm and relaxed will get you more marks than if you insist on an anxious horse getting it “right”.

The other 5 marks will be for handling. We will be looking for a soft connection between horse and handler, where there is good communication on both sides.

While there will be prizes for our competition, the main objectives are:

  • For you and your horse to get out there and ‘do-it’.
  • We want to help you build better communication with your horse
  • Help your horse become bolder and braver
  • To improve over time
  • And have fun

May Flowers Obstacles

  • Through the garden “gate”
    • Set up poles to form a U bend shaped gate into the garden.
    • Use poles, planks lines of small cones etc to make the shape
    • Walk your horse through the U bend without touching a pole.
  • Around the Maypole
    • Attach a rope, tape or ribbon to a pole, barrel or some solid object at a height of approximately 1-1.2m/3-4ft
    • The rope/tape/ribbon should be between 2-3m/7-10ft approx. in length.
    • Pick up the rope and walk a full circle around your Maypole
  • Ooops don’t step on the flowers
    • Place two poles on the ground approximately 1m / 3ft apart.  The poles should be approx. 3m / 10ft in length.  (Pieces of timber or a line of bricks can be used for this challenge also.
    • Set up a marker (Small cone, empty milk carton, lead rope) just at the edge of your poles and approximately 1.2m / 4ft from the start.
    • Walk your horse forward between the poles until their hind legs are just beyond your marker.  Imagine the ‘flower bed’ is just beyond their front feet
    • Have your horse back up, while staying between the poles, all the way out.
  • Under a branch
    • If you have a natural branch at about the height of your horse’s ears, then great!
    • Or set up a ‘branch’ using a lightweight pole on jump stands at the height of your horse’s ears. 
    • Walk under the branch with your horse.
    • Riders can set/pick a height which means they have to duck right down onto the horse’s neck
  • Smell the flowers
    • Set up a line of 5 “flowers” at about horse nose height – you can attach them to a fence or stick them in cones.  They should each be approximately 1m/1yd apart
    • Walk/ride up to each flower and have your horse “sniff” it before moving on to the next one.
  • Draw a flower with hoofprints
    • Set up a circle of 6 cones equally spaced and approximately 6-8m/7-9yds in diameter
    • Start in the centre
    • Walk out and around each cone to form a petal, passing through the centre of the circle each time – Dodgy artwork to, hopefully, clarify.
  • Admire the flowers in the garden
    • From a height.
    • Time to make a pedestal for your horse to put his front feet on, so he/she can admire the flowers. 
      • You can use a tyre filled with sand or earth, (Garages that replace tyres will be delighted to give them away). 
      • Another option is a pallet topped with a piece of solid wood (ideal for getting 4 feet on later)
      • Lots of other ideas for buying or making a pedestal on the internet.  Most importantly, it should be strong enough to take your horses weight.
    • Have your horse stand with both front feet on the pedestal for a count of 3 seconds

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