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    09-28-2010, 04:49 PM
Red face Does my horse have what it takes to be a hunter?

Question 1: could my horse be a hunter?
Question 2: what breed does he look like?
Question 3: what breeds do well in hunters? More common breeds please :)

Ok fact one: this horse is still in training.

Fact two: is just being taught english, before he was just a back yard horse with no show experience.

Fact 3: he is 10 years old and is now jumping up to 2'3 perfectly willing to go higher and stopping at 3' (thats as high I will show him hehe)

So based on these pictures what is your critique? He has a short trot but a wonderful english canter. Any tips on how to extend his stride at the trot?

He is working on bending his neck and rounding....yet right now he forgets that at shows. But at home he is in perfect form.

So thanks :)
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    09-28-2010, 06:24 PM
You know any horse can do hunters. The question is, how far or high up in the levels and heights of fences are you wanting to reach. Most horses can go up to about 2'6-3 feet in height. Once you get passed that point, that you need to take a serious look at your riding, your coaching and your horse and evaluate how far you can go.

I think starting up slow and at the current height you're jumping at, is a good start. You've got a lot of time and learning before you need to figure out if you want to continue on later on.

    09-28-2010, 07:56 PM
Okay unfortunately I can't help you with your questions except for one :)
And that is how you can extend his trot.. Yes, not very helpful, nothing to do with eventing, but its something I hope
Anyways, a way I know, which I also use on my horse, is when you trot, sit up and down for longer, especially up. Try to get just a little behind the rhythm perhaps, however don't let him slow down..! (This method is also used to slow a horse down, but this is not what we want this time). Keep your pace, but continue to rise slower, and stay up just a little longer. It might feel a little awkward, and be hard to start with, but you just have to get out of the rhythm until he falls back into your rhythm and not his own - your rhythm being slower, forcing him to take longer strides.
This might not work on all horses, but if you do it right (make sure he doesnt start slowing down), and you keep doing it constantly, it will work :) that's how I get my horse to do a nice, smooth and long trot.
    09-28-2010, 08:00 PM
He's cute, but he needs work with his headset and getting him into a frame as well as extending his trot. How big is he?
    09-28-2010, 08:09 PM
He is 15.3 and Vicizmax that is a really good idea I will try that :)
    09-28-2010, 08:24 PM
He is a 15/3 hand quarter horse/morgan well he is a definate quarter horse because of his hind end and his trot. He could possibly be morgan/thouroughbred in him.
    09-28-2010, 11:19 PM
I think your horse could really use a better release, not only will it let him stretch his neck down, (which the judges LOOOVEEE) but if you keep restricting him for long enough, he may always jump like that =/ or at least be hard to train out of him. Other than that, I think any horse with fairly good conformation and willingness to learn can do anything as long as the rider doesnt inhibit his ability :)

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