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Competitive Longe Line
ES 484


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.

            Lesson One:
                  Chosing the Prospect

            Lesson Two:
                           The Training Location/Round Pen
                           Lay a Solid Training Foundation
                                       - Basic Halter Training

            Lesson Three:
                   The First Training Sessions
                           Teaching the Yearling How to Longe
                           The Perfect Circle
                           Horse Training "Game Plan"

            Lesson Four:
                    Following the "Game Plan"
                           Teaching the Trot
                           Teaching the Lope
                           Teaching the Reverse
            Lesson Five:
                    Moving Out of the Round Pen
                          The Inside Track
                          Preparing for the Conformation and Soundness Exam
                                     - Squaring the Horse
                                     - The Pattern

            Lesson Six:
                    At the Show
                                  - Clipping
                                  - Tail Extensions
                                  - Bathing
                                  - 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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