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post #1 of 14 Old 04-13-2013, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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I'd rather do jumpers?

So far with shows, there have only been 2 this season. I've helped out with both instead of riding in them. After watching, I find that I'd rather do jumpers than hunter jumpers. I haven't been doing English for too long, I've had 7 lessons, but I've jumped 2'3 and I've been riding for 6 years. Would I have to start off with hunter jumpers? I know that jumpers is harder but I find it more interesting for some reason.

I was talking to a friend who rides at my barn and I asked if I would be able to do jumpers. She said it depends on what the trainer thinks, and I totally understand that. She also said I should start out with hunters. Now don't get me wrong, I don't see anything wrong with hunters, I just find jumpers more appealing. So would I be able to do it? I don't think I'd need my own horse, one person at my barn used another person's horse for jumpers. So what should I do? Should I ask my trainer? If so, what should I say? Thanks!
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I agree with your friend that you should start off with some hunter classes--you may not feel like it now, but hunters will give you some good experience and necessary skills that you will then be able to use in the jumper ring, especially since you're a bit new to English and, I'm assuming, have very limited experience doing courses. Jumping a full course is VERY different from jumping a single fence, or even two or three. And doing a jumpers course can be incredibly difficult. Trust me on that... many riders make it look far easier than it actually is.

I'm not saying that you shouldn't do jumpers--I understand because I like jumpers too. However, I think learning to ride a hunter course is a bit easier, and then once you feel comfortable with that you will be better prepared to do a jumper course.

Hunters are still fun though! So don't discount them until you give it a try.
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I agree with your friend that you should start off with some hunter classes--you may not feel like it now, but hunters will give you some good experience and necessary skills that you will then be able to use in the jumper ring, especially since you're a bit new to English and, I'm assuming, have very limited experience doing courses. Jumping a full course is VERY different from jumping a single fence, or even two or three. And doing a jumpers course can be incredibly difficult. Trust me on that... many riders make it look far easier than it actually is.

I'm not saying that you shouldn't do jumpers--I understand because I like jumpers too. However, I think learning to ride a hunter course is a bit easier, and then once you feel comfortable with that you will be better prepared to do a jumper course.

Hunters are still fun though! So don't discount them until you give it a try.
Thank you! I actually did English for 2 years and then did Western for 4 and I'm back to English, so I'm not completely new :) Yeah, I guess hunters wouldn't be all that bad, and I'll give it a try. Thank you again!
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Also a lot of shows don't have jumper classes under 3 ft. Which is another good reason to start with huntets
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A lot of trainers will have you start out in hunters because the fences are generally smaller, the courses shorter and easier to remember, and not as fast paced. It gives you an introduction into showing and remembering courses that is a bit easier than jumping in head first. I started out showing hunters before jumpers and I think it was a good experience for me. I also would do a few hunter classes with a young horse before going into jumpers.
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I am a jumper rider. I dislike the subjective judging that goes on in hunters. But with that being said, when i feel like i want to put on a nice show coat and lope quietly around the arena in a snaffle, i do it at a schooling show. This way it's cheap, it's fun, and no one cares if i'm terrible at it! I encourage anyone that wants to cross into different rings, that they do so at schooling shows.

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I did one hunter show in my life, never again. My trainer had me do it because it was my first show and wanted something more relaxed. Check your local jumper shows. I know in my area they have divisions called Hopeful Jumpers which is about 2'3" to 2'9"

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Thanks everyone! Right now I'm just assuming that my trainer will put me in hunters, because I think she has everyone start off with it. However, at the next show, May 11, (I don't know if I'm even doing this one) they have Mini Jumpers, which is 2'.
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I actually want to do more hunters this year, and I started in jumpers! I'm just really wanting to slow down and work on the details now that my horse and I are older.
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I did one hunter show in my life, never again. My trainer had me do it because it was my first show and wanted something more relaxed. Check your local jumper shows. I know in my area they have divisions called Hopeful Jumpers which is about 2'3" to 2'9"
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