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    02-18-2012, 08:00 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?
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    02-18-2012, 08:59 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, 09:34 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, 10:35 PM
Thanks, I'll try that (the transitions.)
    02-19-2012, 03:57 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, 08:03 PM
Yeah I guess if a peanut roller is what you want, don't go to a dressage trainer.
    02-19-2012, 09:40 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, 10:32 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.
    02-19-2012, 11:04 PM
No, actually, you just hear about peanut rollers in western pleasure.
    02-20-2012, 08:37 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.

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