Training a hunter under saddle horse?

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding

Training a hunter under saddle horse?

This is a discussion on Training a hunter under saddle horse? within the English Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    02-18-2012, 09:00 PM
Training a hunter under saddle horse?

I have a 7 year old 15.3 hand Quarter horse that I purchased a few months ago. At his previous home he was being trained for hunter under saddle, and I got to watch someone else riding him and he looked really good. Ever since I got him he just has not been the same- although since I first got him I've gotten to him lower his head and stride out much more at the trot, he still sometimes becomes very anxious and trys to trot really fast and unbalanced. And he's worse at the canter, he's usually strung out and fast. Sometimes, though, I can get good, collected gaits, but not always. I would really like to show him in pleasure classes, but I am having problems with him being fast and anxious sometimes and not moving like a hunter under saddle horse. Also after cantering when I've asked him to walk he'll try to speed back up again and really pulls on my hands to try to go faster. I know he can do better than this, I've seen him and I've experienced some of it myself. Is is just something I'm doing wrong? How can I get him to relax, slow down, collect, and listen to me all the time?
Sponsored Links
    02-18-2012, 09:59 PM
Get him and thee to a dressage trainer. Tell him or her what you want to achieve, then follow their advice.
    02-18-2012, 10:34 PM
One of the horses that I am riding at the moment can be a bit like that. If you just ask him to move up without properly engaging him he rushes and falls onto his forehand -- the end result is short fast choppy steps that are uncomfortable for both him and me.
But if you take the time to get him working through properly with lots of transitions within the gait, he will soften and his stride completely changes (ie. Slow the trot 10 steps, move forward 10 steps and then bring him back again). From there we start spiraling in and out of the circle and move onto leg yield etc. working on improving the connection once we have the relaxation.

But by giving him something to do (keep changing what you are doing) and really give him a chance to relax, they find it easier to track up and supple through. And from there you can work on connection and what ever else you want.
    02-18-2012, 11:35 PM
Thanks, I'll try that (the transitions.)
    02-19-2012, 04:57 AM
Why would you take a Quarter Horse showing QH show hunters to a dressage trainer instead of a QH trainer or even a hunter trainer?

The goals and expectations of each of the disciplines are quite different.
    02-19-2012, 09:03 PM
Yeah I guess if a peanut roller is what you want, don't go to a dressage trainer.
    02-19-2012, 10:40 PM
Hmmmmmm. Sounds like discipline snobbery, again. A dressage trainer is a good answer to many training questions, but not all training questions, and most likely, not this one.

Oh, and by the way, get your stereotypes right - Western Pleasure horses are supposed to be the peanut rollers, not QH hunters.
    02-19-2012, 11:32 PM
Originally Posted by maura    
Oh, and by the way, get your stereotypes right - Western Pleasure horses are supposed to be the peanut rollers, not QH hunters.
Around these parts they are the same in different tack.
    02-20-2012, 12:04 AM
No, actually, you just hear about peanut rollers in western pleasure.
    02-20-2012, 09:37 AM

I've never seen hunters, even breed show hunters, which are very different, look like peanut rollers -

Here's AQHA hunter under saddle -

Here's a video of USEF pony hunters under saddle, not a peanut roller in the bunch -

The AQHA hunters do travel very differently, and with a very different headset, but you can hardly characterize them as peanut rollers.

hunter under saddle, training

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A month of dressage training or hunter/jumper training? kerplop Horse Training 13 10-05-2012 02:06 PM
Need General Training/Maintenance Info for Hunter Jumper hrm12 Horse Training 1 10-03-2011 08:05 PM
Training for hunter pace CecilliaB Trail Riding 2 05-23-2010 10:47 AM
Training for Hunter Paces! Hoofprints in the Sand Horse Training 12 03-22-2010 10:19 PM
Tips about Hunter training for a Western trainer. tim Horse Training 9 03-05-2008 08:48 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:49 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0