We’ve adopted much of Finland’s work in this area, but we’re being very flexible. Flexibility is the key to a well-trained agility horse. Nature is anything but uniform,it offers variety and challenge. An obstacle is just that, an obstacle – other than guidelines for safety, it can be anything.
A platform could be a tractor tire filled with dirt, a pallet topped with plywood, or a timber/steel podium. As long as it’s a platform!
Likewise for a ‘bridge’ – in lower levels, there’s no reason why it can’t be simply an elevated earth section held in place by sleeper logs, or a number of ply-topped pallets lined up on the ground. Later on that could be lifted higher, or progress to a built bridge section.
The agility course can be laid out however suits the terrain, and an obstacle may be used twice in a course run if needed.
The key to agility is variety – don’t get bogged-down on specifications for individual obstacles or the course, concentrate on the willing partnership with your horse and you’ll be able to tackle anything ahead of you!