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    09-09-2009, 02:59 PM
I'm confused!

Ok, I've always ridden "English." I was taught to sit up straight, heels down. I've seen videos of "huntseat" and the riders lean slightly forward at most gaits except the walk. At least in the videos I've seen.

The new barn I'm at they asked what style I ride and I said English, but that I mostly jump, do some dressage very badly and my heart is really in cross country. The BO is also the local trainer. He said "Oh, so that's huntseat."

So, do I ride English or huntseat? To be perfectly honest I hadn't heard of huntseat til I came to the US so I don't know all the terminology.
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    09-09-2009, 04:39 PM
Yeah, if you just jump when you compete and stuff its huntseat, or hunter jumper.
    09-09-2009, 04:46 PM
Well I'll be buggered. Thanks for clearing that up for me :)
    09-09-2009, 05:25 PM
Ok - next question - can I use black tack? Cause that's all I have and don't really want to buy a whole new set lol.
    09-09-2009, 06:58 PM
^ I'm with you. Hunseat doesn't exist in AUS as it does in the US, except at western shows.
    09-09-2009, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by AussieDaisyGirl    
Well I'll be buggered.
I'm stealing that /:)

*evil laugh*
    09-09-2009, 09:44 PM
See - WildSpot - that's my conumdrum, I'd never heard of it til coming to the US. I guess it's not that big of a deal? When I competed back home eventing was first phase dressage, second phase cross country and last phase jumping. I'm not entirely sure how it works here. People seem to do one or the other but not all. Which is fine of course, I'm just trying to figure out how to fit in somehow.

Sunny - LMAO I'm full of colloquialisms! The joys of being a) Australian and b) spending 8 years in the army LOL!
    09-09-2009, 10:00 PM
I think huntseat is more akin to our equitation (though with a totally different riding style), jumpers is akin to showjumping, and ODE/TDE is the same. Huntseat is totally different to eventing, as far as I know.
    09-09-2009, 10:01 PM
I don't know about where you are, but in the northeast there are plenty of eventing competitions at all levels. It's very big around here. It is the same, dressage, x-country, stadium. The way you aussies ride, you'd probably clean up at the shows over here.
    09-09-2009, 10:51 PM
I was on the border of TN/KY where there wasn't much except gaited showing and western pleasure. Now I'm in Indianapolis and I'm hoping that since I'm closer to Ohio and all that I can get back into competing.

I appreciate the compliment but I'm not a very good rider. I'm a very good holder-oner LMAO!

I'm excited to get back into it! I feel like I'm finally in the right place at the right time with the right support system.

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