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Devon woman creates horse football sport

Horse agility course put to test

Horses are being urged to take up kicking a football in a new sport invented by a Devon woman.

Vanessa Bee from Beaworthy created horse agility to test the skills of horses and owners, without the owners having to ride their animals.

The aim is to offer a sport for horses too frisky to be ridden, ponies that are too small to ride or for people who cannot or do not want to ride.

Rather than riding your horse, you take it through a series of agility tests.

Hoops of fire

Tests include horses kicking a football, owners taking the horses over a seesaw, weaving around poles, going through hoops and tests of balance.

It gives people and horses more confidence said Ms Bee founder of Horse Agility Club GB.

"It's about getting the horse to think things out," she said.

"As we develop the sport we want to have more mazes, tunnels and hoops including hoops of fire.

"So the horse really has to think 'Can I trust the handler that this is a safe place to go'."

The sport, which was launched two months ago, has 450 Facebook followers and has competitions around the UK.

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