HorseandRiderBooks.com is the storefront for Trafalgar Square Books of North Pomfret, Vermont—a small, privately-owned publisher of fine equestrian books and DVDs, craft books, and selected other titles. Trafalgar Square’s owners, Caroline and Ted Robbins, moved to a farm in North Pomfret—a rural community of around 200 residents, nestled in the hills surrounding the better-known (and larger) town of Woodstock—in the early 1970s, and established the Trafalgar Square offices and warehousing facilities in part of the farmhouse and the barns on the property. The publishing company still thrives, along with horses and Scottish Highland cattle, on the farm today.
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Although rich in history and one that has stood the test of time, the horse-and-rider relationship is constantly challenged by our lack of common language, by our instinctual differences, and by the sources that serve to motivate human beings—money, prizes, and fame, for example. Goals and desire are in general positive characteristics, but when taken in concert with the care and training of another living being—in this case, the beautiful and complex horse—we must be constantly aware of the impact of our choices upon him. It is our belief that the Trafalgar Square authors remind us of this responsibility and provide us the tools we need to “reach for the stars” while keeping our feet planted firmly in a grassy field! With their help, we can ride better; teach our horses to perform better; feed them and house them more in accordance to their needs; care for them when they fall ill and help them recover from injury; and above all, treat them in a fair and just manner, as they deserve.
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In this DVD, based on her bestselling book, Horse Agility Handbook, Vanessa Bee guides the viewer through her proven step-by-step method to excel at this exciting and growing sport. Starting with the horse on a lead rope, Vanessa shows the viewer how to safely work toward letting the horse go free over obstacles, in an open space and to compete internationally.
DVD Chapter Listing
• Welcome to Horse Agility
• General Equipment
• Horse and Handler Attitude
• Catching and Releasing
• Room to Move
• Beginning Horse Agility
• Is the Horse Happy to Play?
• How to Support the Horse When He Is Unsure or Afraid
• Working Free
• Stopping Your Horse Eating
• Introducing Obstacles
• Horse Agility Obstacles
Vanessa Bee has been around horses for most of her life working in racing stables throughout her teens then driving competitively into her early twenties when she was given an ‘unridable’ racehorse as a wedding present. Very soon Vanessa realized that there had to be a better way than the ‘bigger stick, bigger bit method’ of riding teaching being offered. It was in 1997 that the journey truly began to develop a style of teaching and riding that Vanessa has called Positive Horsemanship. Vanessa began to read, study and work with some of the greatest horseman of the age. Monty Roberts, Kelly Marks, Jayne Lavender, Ken Faulkner, Pat Parelli, and has used as her guides and mentors Henry Blake, Maurice Wright, Buck Brannaman, the Dorrances, Ray Hunt and Mark Rashid. She soon discovered that there as many ways of teaching horsemanship as there are horse/handlers in the world. A program simply couldn’t work all the time for everyone.
With a degree in Education, and a qualified teacher, Vanessa has used her skills to develop a series of courses that teach people of all abilities and experience to achieve a positive relationship with their horses. Vanessa also holds a Monty Roberts Preliminary Certificate and is a developing Progressive Counselor and constantly trains and studies to improve her method of guidance and teaching.
As well as running courses Vanessa will make home visits and works one on one with all abilities guiding both horse and handler on a positive and progressive journey taking them wherever they wish to go.
"At your direction—and without a lead rope—a free horse jumps through a hoop in an open field. It sounds impossible, doesn't it? Up until a couple of years ago I would have thought so too, but now I can direct my horse round an obstacle course with jumps, tunnels and weaving poles just like in do...