The Pony has to acknowledge and TOUCH the obstacle. AIM - to show the pony is confident to reach out and TOUCH something with his nose.
The pony has to STEP UP on to the podium, front feet only, and reverse and step back off. AIM - to show the pony has the confidence to STEP UP onto an unusual surface.
The pony has to negotiate his way OVER the obstacle at the direction of the handler. AIM - to show that the pony can remain calm and confident moving OVER different surfaces.
The pony has to negotiate his way through the poles. AIM - to show the pony is happy to be directed to move his feet within a small space.
The pony has to weave his way AROUND the obstacles at the direction of the handler. The pony should enter the weave through his off ( right ) shoulder. Aim - to show that the pony is happy to be directed by the handler in a calm and confident manner.
Handler and pony to walk calmly and confidently through flags and bunting.
The Pony has to pass through a small narrow space. Aim to show the pony has the CONFIDENCE to move into a narrow gap calmly at the direction of the handler
The pony has to pass UNDER the obstacle. Aim - to show to pony is calm and confident to pass UNDER something above his above his head.
The pony has to stand and wait, usually 4 secs, and only move at the direction of the handler. Aim - to show the COMMUNICATION between pony/handler.
A walk and trot section between markers, Walk - HALT - Slow Walk . Aim - to display HANDLING SKILLS of the person whilst directing the pony and controlling it's paces.
All our competition courses are designed around 10 obstacles and they include one obstacle from each of the 10 groups of obstacles.
You don't need to spend a lot of money buying agility obstacles, they can be put together with stuff that you have at home and around the yard, the main priority is that they are built strongly, that they are stable and that they are SAFE.
Choose your obstacles from the different categories. Keep them simple, add different elements gradually, you will gain nothing positive from frightening your pony, remember you are aiming to build a relationship based on TRUST.