The Horse Agility RevolutionA Positive Manifesto
I’d like to ask you a question.Do you ever feel like youdon’t quite fit in with the“regular” horse culture?Like the words and phrases most people use to describe varioussituations and behaviors just don’t seem right?Like the amount of force used is often out of proportion?Like you’ll get looked at strangely if you even bring up ideas thatinterest you like relationship and rapport?Like there is a general lack of dignity for the horse and sanctityfor the equine/human relationship?Like you want something fundamentally different and morefulfilling that what most people seem to be getting?Like there is a positivity and excitement that you experienceevery day with your horse that most people just don’t get?
Let me put your mind at ease.Yes, you are different thanmost horse people out there.Yes, you are crazy, but just alittle in the best possible way.No, you are not alone.I’m just like you. So are a lot of other people. In fact, there isa whole network of people out there who share your ideas,values, and ways of thinking about and relating to horses.And we’re multiplying.Before we go any further though, there’s something you should know...
And because we no longer need horsesan amazing revolution is taking place.
Like numerous revolutions that have comebefore, this one is powered by hooves andhands working side by side.Unlike those previous revolutions, this timearound we stand beside the horse, consideringthem to be our friend and cocreator, rather thana tool for powering industry and waging war.In point of fact, this time around that change inthe way we consider the horse is the revolution.You see, it’s true. We no longer need horsesto pull our carts, to carry our messengers, tomove our goods, to plow our fields, to carryus into battle, or do any of the other countlessservices they have rendered us over the six orso thousand years since they joined us on thisjourney of creating civilization.Horses no longer have a functional purpose andtherein lies both their greatest opportunity andlargest challenge.I’ve always preferred the bad news first, so hereit is: without a definite purpose, horses have nofuture in our modern society.And now for the good news: because we nolonger need horses, we are free to wanthorses. Thus, a new definite purpose: instead offulfilling an obligation to us, horses can achievean aspiration with us.In a word, this is a revolution ofaspirations
Sothequestionnowis:Whatcanyoucreatewithhorses that fulfills and enriches bothspeciesinwaysthatwereneverpossiblebefore?
HorseAgility is one of the answers to that very important questionand one of the driving forces in this new movement.The revolution is ready for you.Are you ready to rise up?
It’s important to realize that this is not a guns-and-guillotines revolution. It’s not even aprotests-and-marches revolution. Instead, it’s a laughter-and-partnership revolution.It’s far more about creation than destruction. It’s a revolution of fun, joy, and delight.A revolution of passion, inspiration, and rapport. A revolution of connection, calm, andcuriosity. A revolution of growth and evolution.A revolution of possibilities, opportunities, and dreams.At a personal level, it’s a revolution aboutyou, and how you can truly live the dreamwith horses that you’ve always held dear.At a cultural level, is a revolution about howwe can evolve with our companions nowthat technology has released them fromwork-a-day demands.
You see, horse agility isn’t just abouthooves and obstacles courses. It’s notreally about that at all. Those are justthings that we do, not who we are orwhat we’re making together.Horse Agility is really a way of thinking,a way of being with horses. It’s a wayof creating a new and better futuretogether, as partners.Yes,wewalksidebysidewithourhorsesthrough the obstacles in the arena.More than that though, we walkside by side with them through thechallenges for growing and changingand living and loving and smilingtogether.As part of this revolution, you have theamazing privilege of walking this pathand helping to define a magical newequestrian world, simply by choosingto truly and passionately live yourdream with your horse.
First, because Agility is inclusive: any human,with any horse, in any condition can participate.Horses too unsound to be ridden, people toounsound to ride, mules, donkeys, ponies, drafts,mustangs, yearlings, pregnant mares, kids,moms, retirees, cowboys, jumpers, novices andmasters: all are welcome.Second, because Agility is foundational: nomatter what else you want to do, from cuttingto dressage, from hanging out in the pasture torocking the trail, practicing Agility will makeit more fun and easier for both you and yourhorse.Third, because Agility is positive: yes, it couldbe (and I’m sure is) done wrong: with excessiveforce and lack of understanding. However,majoritively the community that is supportingand participating in Agility work is focusedbuilding positive attitudes, using positivemethods, and communicating positively.And finally, because Agility is progressive: whileit does have historical roots that draw frommany horsemanship traditions, Agility is one ofthe only disciplines actively building it’s ownfuture rather than staying stuck in the past.Agility isn’t the only activity powering thisrevolution, but it is an important part ofthe integral whole.Why?
So, what can Agility do foryou and your horse?Build a state of rock-solid, unshakable calm.Foster a sense of exuberant curiosity.Develop an incredibly deep connection.Give an exciting new lease on life to a horse who canno longer be ridden.Provide a delightful new outlet for an equestrian whocan no longer ride.Increase your performance in any other discipline.Add tons of fun and variety to your play sessions.Give you specific purpose via goals and challenges.Make you part of the positive global revolutionarycommunity.Take you further along the path to truly experiencingyour horsemanship dreams in real life.
It’s important to realize that this is not a guns-and-guillotines revolution. It’s not even aprotests-and-marches revolution. Instead, it’s a laughter-and-partnership revolution.It’s far more about creation than destruction. It’s a revolution of fun, joy, and delight.A revolution of passion, inspiration, and rapport. A revolution of connection, calm, andcuriosity. A revolution of growth and evolution.A revolution of possibilities, opportunities, and dreams.At a personal level, it’s a revolution aboutyou, and how you can truly live the dreamwith horses that you’ve always held dear.At a cultural level, is a revolution about howwe can evolve with our companions nowthat technology has released them fromwork-a-day demands.Your 3 easy steps to starting Agility today:Finally, join a community like theincredibly supportive ETC Forums.The members in this communitywill happily help you learn newskills and information diagnoseand solve issues, and generallyprogress the revolution.http://equinetourismcommunity.comNext, participate in an online Agilityor Liberty challenge to give yougoals to work towards and tests ofyour skills. Challenges are availablefor all skill and experience levels,from baby-beginner to seasonedveteran.http://bit.ly/15uwBzkStartbyenrollinginthefreeonlineDiscover Horse Agility course. This3 video course will teach you thethree keys to Agility success, myfavorite rapport-building exercise,and a formula for mastering anyobstacle.http://discoverhorseagility.com