Workshop

Name - Obstacles Podium 1.
Status - Available open


Required - 1 Podium - a strong flat topped box, with a non slip surface.
Height approximate 25cm - not greater than 35cm - width and length approximate 1m


Task.
A. Handler to halt the equine in front of the podium. They must then step up onto the podium and stand facing their equine. They should then step down backwards off the podium, still facing their equine.  Then ask the equine to step up, front feet only and show immobility. the handler must then step up, one foot only and ask the equine to gently step back and down, both should then circle away.
B. Remaining in the partnership leading position, the handler to lead the equine up and on to the podium, front feet only, show immobility and to be asked to step back and gently down, and circle away.
C. Remaining in the partnership leading position, the handler to lead the equine up and on to the podium, show immobility and then be lead forwards, over and off of the podium.
Halt, reward and thank your equine, you have finished !

 
Practice tips.
Be patient and allow the equine time to relate to the podium in a positive way.
Allow the equine to explore and touch with his nose and feet first.
Only "ask" from a place of stillness and relaxation.
Stand on the podium and show the equine it is a safe place to be.
Always ask for immobility and stepping down backwards first and only when confident in doing this, ask the equine to walk over it. Some less confident equines will use it like a spring board to come off it and frighten themselves.
Make sure if they stand on an edge that you counter balance it with your foot.
Judges view.
I am looking for a partnership that is working together and showing a constant communication exchange.
I want to see the equine look at and acknowledge the podium and to see that the handler is aware of this happening.
"Immobility" should appear to be relaxed and calm.

Workshop

Name - Obstacles 2. Tarpaulin
Status -  Available open.
Required - 1 Tarpaulin approx 1.5 - 2x equines length
Poles or cones for weighting it down.
Task.
A. Both handler and equine to walk over the Tarp together, maintaining the partnership leading position, showing a relaxed rope. Circle away.
B. Handler to "send" the equine over the Tarp, maintaining the partnership leading position, showing a relaxed rope. Circle away.
C. Both handler and equine to step onto the Tarp together, halt 4 seconds and proceed.
Halt, reward your equine, you have finished.

Practice tips.
Nose before feet. Allow the equine to touch and explore the Tarp with his nose, let him work out what it is.
Step onto it yourself, make some noise with your feet, show him it's safe.
Position yourself in the safe leading position, in front and to the side, and ask your equine to join you, don't hurry him.
Remember to use your breathing to slow him down.
Ask on an "in" breath and exhale slowly and audibly as he crosses the Tarp.

 
Judges tips.
 
I am looking for a partnership that is working together, showing a clear communication exchange.
Both equine and handler should appear relaxed, confident and calm.

Workshop.

Name - Obstacles 3. S-Bend
Status -  Available open.
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