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View Poll Results: Is it okay to show palominos in the hunter ring?
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post #21 of 57 Old 06-25-2008, 01:43 PM
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I HATE it when people judge coloured breeds in the hunter ring.
So, yes, I think if he had good form and nice distances, then you should do great in the ring.
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post #22 of 57 Old 06-25-2008, 03:18 PM
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i think its so stupid that some judges are biased on color. its unfair judging. IMO if you have a horse whos good at its disapline, no matter the color i think it should be noticed even if it is a paint or a buckskin. i think if your Pally is good at hunters then go to a hunter show and see how you do

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post #23 of 57 Old 06-25-2008, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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I'm showing him in his first little schooling show ever this weekend, so I will tell all of you how it goes. We are just doing a couple flat classes, just to get him out and in the ring.
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post #24 of 57 Old 06-25-2008, 10:13 PM
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That's great and be sure to get TONS of pics to share.
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post #25 of 57 Old 06-26-2008, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Oh we will. I'm sure we will be a class act. We are bringing a buckskin, a palomino, and an arabian. Talk about breaking all the rules. lol
Two of them are greenies and the arab is for a little 4 year old from our barn. She will be cute.
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post #26 of 57 Old 06-27-2008, 11:06 AM
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I showed hunter for a really really long time and I was always taught that you wanted to STAND OUT not BLEND IN, you always find a spot on the rail away from the crowd and if you are on a horse of a different color, that's good because it gets you noticed. The difference is not neccasarily predjudice against a certain color or even a different breed, it's actually the fact that you STAND OUT leaving NO ROOM FOR ERROR. On occasion yes, you get a judge that doesnt like a breed or color but it's not ever show, and most cases the poeple that are crying... the judge just didn't like my horse because..... are just mad because the judge saw a sloppy transition or a missed lead and so on and so forth.....
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post #27 of 57 Old 06-28-2008, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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I showed hunter for a really really long time and I was always taught that you wanted to STAND OUT not BLEND IN, you always find a spot on the rail away from the crowd and if you are on a horse of a different color, that's good because it gets you noticed. The difference is not neccasarily predjudice against a certain color or even a different breed, it's actually the fact that you STAND OUT leaving NO ROOM FOR ERROR. On occasion yes, you get a judge that doesnt like a breed or color but it's not ever show, and most cases the poeple that are crying... the judge just didn't like my horse because..... are just mad because the judge saw a sloppy transition or a missed lead and so on and so forth.....
I have heard that before, but the reality is that to many judges in high level hunter shows, a 15.2 hand palomino that is looks like a QH does not stand out in a good way against the 17 hand warmbloods and thoroughbreds.

Anyways, he went to the small schooling show today. He did amazing. He got a first and 2 seconds. It was his first show. He was totally calm. I was very proud of him. We didn't have the camera because my friend put it in the wrong car. :roll:
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post #28 of 57 Old 06-29-2008, 12:49 AM
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I'm going to get LAUNCHED on, but.
I think for the most part, nowadays, judges don't really judge color.
It's just that the colored horses aren't always as good.
If there's a class of 30 horses and 7 colored horses and NONE of them were that good, the judge shouldn't and won't place him. But now he 'doesn't like color'. You also have to realize that in a sea of bay, you stand out. Which means EVERY mistake you make will be seen and accounted for.
I think the color thing is old and done with for the most part. It's just that the top trainers aren't picking colored horses, so MOST of the best-trained horses... are still bays. lol
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post #29 of 57 Old 06-29-2008, 12:51 AM
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I think it's so stupid how the horses are judged. If the horse was born a paint, and loved doing hunter/jumper and excelled at it, then I think that the horse should be able to compete fairly. That's like saying a black person can't play baseball or golf and a white person can't play football or basketball. It's discrimination.

Also, I have a real problem with judging against breed. I read a book where this guy had a red roan draft cross mare and everyone made fun of her, but she was an amazing jumper (Heartland...). I think that if a horse is good at a discipline, it should be allowed to compete without problems.

BTW, how can a judge tells who's the best if all the horses look that same? If you're supposed to "blend in", how is it possible to judge? What kind of message does that send? Anyways, I'm done with my rant!

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post #30 of 57 Old 06-29-2008, 09:10 PM
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I'm going to get LAUNCHED on, but.
I think for the most part, nowadays, judges don't really judge color.
It's just that the colored horses aren't always as good.
If there's a class of 30 horses and 7 colored horses and NONE of them were that good, the judge shouldn't and won't place him. But now he 'doesn't like color'. You also have to realize that in a sea of bay, you stand out. Which means EVERY mistake you make will be seen and accounted for.
I think the color thing is old and done with for the most part. It's just that the top trainers aren't picking colored horses, so MOST of the best-trained horses... are still bays. lol
I actually totally agree with that, it seems more like the competitors have more of a problem with breed and color. People don't tend to train paints and appies for hunter, but when I see one my generally reaction is 'what is that'. I've heard many hunter riders comment of ugly qh/paints/appies/arabians at shows. Although, I do like paints...

I've only seen a couple of single dilutes in the ring and many of them weren't as pretty or go around as well. My friend's horse almost always placed, but he was super fancy and had a fantastic tuck.
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