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post #1 of 4 Old 09-14-2013, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question What's the difference?

I'm going off to a riding school next year, and I'll be riding hunter jumper and dressage, showing in both.
These will likely be pretty formal shows, not like a local show where almost anything goes, but not a top-rated show.
I've ridden hunter jumper forever, and so I have a black show coat.
Looking at dressage coats, with the exception of a shadbelly, I really don't see the difference between a dressage coat and a hunter coat. The only thing I'm seeing is sometimes more buttons? I feel like it would be more significant than that!

Can you guys explain it? Also, is there a kind of coat I can get that I can use for both?

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I have a navy blue show jacket that I use for everything... Unofficial Show horse events, Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping, etc. I have never had a problem with it.

this is it...

You should be fine with your current coat. :)
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Try looking up the rules of the shows you'll be competing in. You should be alright, but things do vary.

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-16-2013, 03:07 PM
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Dressage coats have one slit up the back with two buttons in the small of the back. Hunt coats have a "flap" at the back with no buttons. Dressage coats are also longer and have 4 buttons.

However, with more sport fabrics and a more streamlined look becoming popular, many manufactures are forgoing the back buttons and shortening the skirt of the jacket. Therefore, hunt jackets no longer look so out of place.
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