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        08-11-2011, 02:21 PM
    Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
    The jumps in hunter courses are designed to be easily negotiated and the striding very "prescribed". Also, the jumps are much lower, as a rule. The riders equitation is not as important as ensuring that the horse looks good. The horse is judged...not the rider. The horse is judged on manner, pace, way of going and jump form.
    I see so what is the difference between equitation and show jumping?

    (I should probably do some research )
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        08-11-2011, 06:01 PM
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    In equitation, the rider is judged, not the horse. The rider's position and how effectively they ride are important. The horse doesn't have to move or jump in the best style, but one who shows their rider off well is highly prized.

    The Medal classes are the epitome of good riding, in many respects. Unlike lower equitation classes where over arched backs and non-existent seats are common, you can't fake good riding technique in these classes.
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