Originally Posted by flywithoutwings
eh, it's a little better but eq. Is usually only one or two classes a day at the shows so it isn't the focus in lessons (i mean equitation is certainly critiqued but we don't do 'eq' courses). And, basically, its hunters but they are looking at you and not the horse. It can be fun but my horse isn't a good eq ride and when your barn mates own four horses specialized to coast through different disciplines, there isn't much of a prayer for me at any level above where I'm at (at which I currently get top three ribbons 60% of the time). It's rewarding, though, when people you don't know clap for you after eq, during hunters, they clap for the horse but in eq, they are clapping for you - a nice self-esteem boost
Eq and hunter is split about half and half at most of the shows I've been too. I think eq is much different that hunters, except at the very low level (mini stirrups, short stirrups, long stirrups). My friend bought an ex-Maclay so I know what you mean about horse being able to coast, but you still have to be able to execute the the rollback and long/short strided lines correctly. Ask your trainer to practice equitation courses, I'm sure they'd be willing to do it. I do hunters primarily, but my trainer makes us do eq courses all the time to keep the horses on their feet and listening to our aids.
That being said, I don't know of any hunter trainers in my area that don't have both equitation and hunter riders...