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post #1 of 10 Old 02-19-2009, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Critique rider horse team

Would like a critique of my fit for this horse. Please don't critique my hands. This is a very lazy and very difficult horse to ride and sometimes I need to use my hands more than I should. Otherwise I rely mainly on leg pressure with other horses. What do you think about the horse? I don't have many photos. Does he look like a possible hunter?
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-19-2009, 12:55 AM
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Sure, why not!
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-19-2009, 02:29 AM
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Wow to me this photo is just too dark. Don't worry I won't critique your hands because I can't see them Not a great photo to critique the horse either.........sorry
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post #4 of 10 Old 02-19-2009, 06:50 AM
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He does look like a possible hunter to me.

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post #5 of 10 Old 02-19-2009, 08:55 AM
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Do you have more pics or any videos??
What Makes A Good Hunter

A good hunter has a solid form over jumps. Another aspect that makes a good hunter is their movement across the ground; how they walk, trot, and canter. The third criteria is their mind, how they think, and their personality.

Good form over fences is the most important quality that a hunter can have. In its most basic definition, good form for a show hunter is having tightly folded knees over his/her fences. If a horse jumps without tight form and dangles, or hangs his forelegs, it's considered poor form. Jumpers can get away with less than perfect form over fences far more easily than the show hunter.

The second most important quality a good show hunter needs is his movement. The way a horse moves across the ground is extremely important for the hunter, not only in "hack" classes, but in jumping as well. Judges like to see a horse with good movement, a long lopey canter that covers the lines easily is very desirable. The trot is important for both the entrance into the ring for an over fence class as well as the under saddle classes all rated hunter divisions must have. Judges look for long sweeping trot steps with little bend in the hunter's knees, often referred to as "daisy cutting." The hunters movement should be easy going, and not choppy.

The third quality a good show hunter must posses is a great mind. The great hunter is calm, not excitable. He is quiet and brave. He likes his job and pricks his ears forward while at work. He does not spook, or look at the jumps. He goes around his courses with grace and ease and without a care in the world. The great hunter must have a super mind and pleasant personality.

These traits characterize the good hunters of our show world today. It is very difficult to find a horse that is perfect in all of these categories.
I don't really know much about this, I just read the article of the site I gave. I say go for it!!! :)
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-19-2009, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry I meant on the flat hunter. I won't be jumping him.
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post #7 of 10 Old 02-20-2009, 05:20 PM
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in my opinion, i think he would be a good dressage horse! it looks like he would be able to go into a frame easily, and his trot would be neat....just my not that well educated in dressage but he would be a good hunter on a long strided trot =]
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any chance of a lighter pic?
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-21-2009, 08:05 AM
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I dont know much about flat hunters...He could be a possible hunter, but he looks a little stiff. He has short strides and isnt allowing his body to lenghthen and relax. Anymore photos?
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-21-2009, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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He is very slow at the walk that's why he might appear to be stiff. His trot is very long strided. I don't have a pic now but he has a huge smooth long strided trot. His canter isn't as lenghty as his trot but it a medium type of canter. But yes he does have a snail pace walk although when he's out somewhere trails, etc he will extend a lot more than in his usual arena. I wanted to use him for western pleasure but he strides much more than the other horses at shows and we end up passing them when we ride. So we will probably do english flat classes.
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