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        11-23-2012, 01:14 PM
    Spent too long at the barn yesterday getting Ronan fitted with a custom saddle - didn't have a chance to pop back online. I will update tonight with more details :)
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        11-23-2012, 01:15 PM
    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    Spent too long at the barn yesterday getting Ronan fitted with a custom saddle - didn't have a chance to pop back online. I will update tonight with more details :)
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    Ok perfect thanx!!
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        11-23-2012, 01:45 PM
    Originally Posted by finn113    
    @ Fullford15- I thank you very much. I think I prefer hunters though over jumpers, I like that classy look.
    You can absolutely wear the classy look while doing jumpers, you just don't have to.

    The primary difference is that in the hunter classes you are judge on form, in jumpers you are judged on performance.

    In hunters, you can ride a beautiful round with auto lead changes, correct striding between jumps etc. and still do pretty well having a fence down.

    In jumpers, no one cares if you are on the wrong lead as long as you clear the fence. If the fence stays up and you have put some bizarro striding in there and it was a miracle the fence stayed up - fine. The fence is up and that's all that matters.
    However, to do well, all of the things that apply to hunters, should be used in jumpers. You are not going to be terribly successful if a rider is hanging on for dear life and barely making it around the course.

    Hunters is also judged on turnout, it's important for riders to to present their horse in an expected way, and attire tends to be fashionable.

    Jumpers is not like that as you are only judged on performance. There's no need to braid, and you can wear half chaps if you want to - however I believe that any horse showing at any level should be well turned out.

    From what I have personally witnessed, it's not always clear why someone places over another person in the hunter classes.

    For me, personally, I have no desire to compete in hunter classes. I really don't give a hoot if my toe is turned out slightly or anything else. I'd much rather be judged on my results.

    ETA - Hunters is pretty much an American thing, so I am still learning about it myself. So I might be off on some points, but it's my general understanding of it.
        11-23-2012, 01:55 PM
    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    ETA - Hunters is pretty much an American thing, so I am still learning about it myself. So I might be off on some points, but it's my general understanding of it.
    How is it an American thing?
        11-23-2012, 02:54 PM
    Originally Posted by Fulford15    
    How is it an American thing?
    I was wondering the same thing lol
        11-23-2012, 03:28 PM
    We don't really have it in the uk. The closest we have is working hunter, which is essentially a hunter under saddle class with a jumping round. The fences are rustic, and the rider/turnout isn't judged, just the horse. You have to go clear to get through to the under saddle part, but there are also marks for how nicely the horse moves and makes shapes over te jumps etc. itshouldlook easy, and the horse look comfortable and talented enough for a days hunting. The horse also gets judged on confo and the standard things a hunter class is Judged on.
        11-23-2012, 03:38 PM
    *looks around to make sure his hunter barn owner isn't reading*

    It's simple. If you want to have an adrenalin rush go jumper. If you want to look pretty and play dress-up with your horse, go hunter. That's all it comes down to at the end of the day. :)
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        11-23-2012, 05:35 PM
    New question! So I'm pretty sure I want to do hunters, but my horse uses bell boots and I can't show with them, so is it a good idea just to pay for back shoes, so that when my horse oversteps he doesn't throw a shoe. Bell boots would be great but I can't use them in hunters. So just back shoes?

    Also in hunters I know that you have to use a saddle pad that is cut to the saddle. My horse has a weird back, can I use a half pad with one of those cut to the saddle saddle pads?
        11-23-2012, 07:20 PM

    Originally Posted by finn113    
    anything else worth sharing? :)

    P.s. I'm still waiting to hear from justdressageit ;)
    I just remembered there is something called a hunter derby. It's a relatively new division in the Hunter world here in the U.S., however, in Europe, the Hunter Derby is fairly well known. In Europe, it's kind of a cross between Hunter's, Jumper's and cross country. The idea behind the Hunter Derby is to take the horse's back to a more traditional fox hunting style. The horse is judged on form (like hunter's), but are not penalized for head tossing, and such behavior. Judges actually like to see some personality. Fence heights go up to 4' and courses can be complex. Example,
        11-23-2012, 07:34 PM
    Wow I love hunter riding but personally I'm not a fan of the rider in the video you showed me tikapup. I digress......

    Thank you so much for the video. It helped a lot. The hunter derby looks rather fun. Thanx again!

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