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post #1 of 4 Old 11-03-2011, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question AQHA Hunter Under Saddle?

I am wanting to do Quarter Horse shows with my horse next year. I'm looking up AQHA shows on YouTube and watching the riders...they ride differently than I do.
They ride more like this:

While I ride like this:

(My horse carries his head higher, and I carry my hands closer together)

Should I change this, or will I do better because of it?

Riders aren't 16 and pregnant. Riders are 16 and arthritic.
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-04-2011, 12:47 PM
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You may be better off competing in regular hunters at local events.

AQHA standards are much different than a regular working hunter. Though regular working hunters want a horse stretching down, they value a forward, balanced trot and canter. AQHA resembles more of a western horse in english tack. They move out the trot a little, but the neck is generally level or below level, and the canter is often a 4 beat.... The rules dictate it's not to be this way, but like all aspects of the equine industry, the popular opinion is difficult to kick out of the winner's circle.

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The jumping classes would be fine for you but the flat classes will be dificult without the lower headset and collection....

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The very successful HUS horses are not western horses in english tack. That might be seen on a local level, but at shows like the World show and the Congress, its not the case. The finalists and high placers from my experience, have had huge, flowy, sweeping strides, level headset, even top-line. I'm sorry, but the picture you posted isn't working on my computer for some reason, but like I have said, they generally just look for a nice stride and an even top-line, and most of all, consistency. With the HUS, it really is based entirely on the judges opinion. Some like a shorter stride, others a larger one, and I have even seen judges that actually like the more huntery look (IE: My horse. Definitely not successful HUS material haha!). I am good friends with a girl who has been very successful in the HUS on a national level and is extremely known, and literally wins every time she steps into the arena. Her horse is about 16.1 but his stride is HUGE, flat, and he's the same every time you look at him. The way you ride in the under saddle is not judged.

This is just my opinion on what I have seen while showing on the QH circuit. :)

I know this is pleasure driving, but the horse that is being videoed is probably one of the most successful hunter under saddle horses in AQHA history. He has also been extremely successful in the over fence events on a national level.
Just my opinion on the ideal under saddle horse :)
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