I used to event and hunt my eventing pony, but when he was an older, more solid citizen. I currently have a coming 6yo who I started competing with [eventing] this past summer. I would like to start hunting her next fall. She is not 100% comfirmed at going into water, but the last 2 times I've schooled water she galloped right in.
I have always heard that you should NOT hunt your event horse, because you always want your event horse to jump into water and know that the footing is good. Obviously when you are hunting the footing may be deep and muddy in streams. My hunting friends say its better to hunt your event horse, because it makes the sure footed and will build trust between you. Also, you know if they will cross any stream that they will jump into a water complex with out hesitation.
So what do you guys think ? Is it ok to hunt your event horse ?
I know this should probably be in the eventing section, but I was hoping more people would see it here [mods feel free to move it if needed]