What is Shetland Pony Agility? Well firstly it's a sport, much like dog agility, however it is much more than that, it's also a great way to have fun with your pony and to socialise with like minded friends.
For those of us lucky enough to own a Shetland Pony ( or 2,3,4 …. ! ) We know what courageous characters they have, with a great willingness and boldness to do what we ask of them. However due to their small stature, communication with them can sometimes be difficult, leading to misunderstandings and to behaviour that we often perceive as " being naughty " Through the use of exploration and play an opportunity to resolve these problems can be created.
Shetland Pony Agility is unique in its approach to agility for equines. It is not a training method but what it does do is offer a way of thinking about how you handle your pony that in time becomes integrated into everyday life.
Our aim is to help educate and empower you to create and develop a relationship with your pony that also educates and empowers him. Learning to communicate with him in an empathic way that takes into account his physical capabilities and his emotional needs. Sometimes we just need to ask ourselves "Is this right - what does my pony really gain from what I'm asking him to do?"
The answer should always be CONFIDENCE, TRUST AND UNDERSTANDING.