SUMMARY: Compare and contrast.Went to watch my sister compete today. It was fun. I was surrounded by horses and riders, so of course, what did I take photos of?
But, SERIOUSLY now--I did note that dog agility shows are exactly like a horse jumping event--except (a) a whole lot smaller and (b) with a whole lot less money involved in every aspect. I'm used to being at dog agility trials and having someone yell "Loose dog!" and then we all try to catch it. I was much surprised to encounter "Loose horse!" and then have it charge straight at me down a narrow aisle. For a moment I considered trying to stop it, then realized I had no idea how, plus it was a whole lot bigger than a dog, so I stepped aside. Apparently I was supposed to stand in front of it and look big and in charge. Next time I'll know.
Here are some of the comparisons:
Dog agility-- transportation:
Horse jumping -- transportation:
Dog agility -- looking out of one's enclosure:
Horse jumping -- looking out of one's enclosure:
Dog agility -- putting your animal friend over a jump:
Horse jumping -- putting your animal friend over a jump:
Dog agility--waiting to run:
Horse jumping--waiting to run:
Dog agility -- Draperies around one's set-up:
Horse jumping -- Draperies around one's set-up:
Dog agility -- jump bars:
Horse jumping -- jump bars:
Dog agility -- typical canopy set-up (note feeble attempt at matching teals and purples):
Horse jumping-- typical canopy set-up (note art, urns, potted plants etc.):
Dog agility -- ribbons, kind of randomly arranged and slapped up there with clips:
Horse jumping --ribbons--how organized and obsessively neat can one be?:
Dog agility -- birds decorating jumps:
Horse jumping -- birds decorating jumps:
There's just no comparison to all the...
Horse jumping-- matching gear boxes, stalls, chairs, etc.:
(I should note that the photos of me and my dogs doing agility are by an assortment of other people; the rest are mine.)