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Competitive Longe Line
Breyer State University
Bachelor of Science Degree in Equine Studies
Instructor: Gord Wadds
Competitive longe line is one of the fastest growing competitions in the horse show world. It combines the elements of a conformation class with the disciplined movement of rail performance, showing off the horse's grace and athleticism at the walk, jog and lope. Gord Wadds, trainer of world champion competitive longe line horses, takes you step by step through the training process and on to the show ring, with special "insider" tips and tricks to give you the winning edge. This course provides an excellent foundation for any horse which will go on to rail performance.
Chosing the Prospect
• The Training Location/Round Pen
• Lay a Solid Training Foundation
- Basic Halter Training
The First Training Sessions
• Teaching the Yearling How to Longe
• The Perfect Circle
• Horse Training "Game Plan"
Following the "Game Plan"
• Teaching the Trot
• Teaching the Lope
• Teaching the Reverse
Moving Out of the Round Pen
• The Inside Track
• Preparing for the Conformation and Soundness Exam
- Squaring the Horse
- The Pattern
At the Show
- Tail Extensions
- Braiding and Banding
- Final Pre-Class Touch-ups
The Competitive Longe Line requires a horse (preferably a yearling prospect). The student must be able to make videos and submit them for review. The instructor, Gordon Wadds, requests they be loaded to an online web hosting site such as YouTube or Photobucket and the link sent to him.
There is are no required textbooks for this course.
There is no completion deadline for the course. The student works at his or her own pace. The student will not be "locked-out".
The grading scale for this course is as follows:
90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
Below 70% Fail
You are strongly encouraged to communicate via email with the instructor. Mr. Wadds is available as an instructor and mentor to assist you in meeting your goals for this course. If at any time during this course you change your email address, please be sure to notify the instructor and office right away.
Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms when communicating with the instructor.
Please include full name and address in all correspondence.
Many lessons require written assignments or essays. They should be submitted as an attachment to an email using Word or a similar word processing software.
Please be sure to include full name and email address on all documents - not just in the email message.
Proper grammar and spelling will be graded.
Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms - this is college level work.
Access to a horse is required.
The ability to make videos and submit them to the instructor is required.
All assignments and quizzes must be completed.
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