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post #1 of 29 Old 10-21-2010, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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English Hunter critique?

Hi. (:
I don't have a complete understanding of exactly what judges look for when showing in English Hunter, so I'd like to get some critique on my riding from a hunter (instead of an equitation) point of view. Thank you very much!
I also have a question about showing, although it doesn't belong on this board, I didn't want to make a totally separate post. If your horse spooks during a show (assuming you stay on) do you lose points or are you disqualified or can you just resume the course? Thank you. (:

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post #2 of 29 Old 10-21-2010, 06:54 PM
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What level do you plan on showing? Locally? Rated?

In general Working Hunters is judged on the horses way of going. Should be forward, consistent and pleasant, with the horse moving balanced and in a lowish/appropriate frame.

I spook won't get you kicked out, provided you can get your horse back under control. But depending on the level of spook, it will probably knock you out of pinning.

You and your horse are a nice pair for the local level. If you're prepping for shows, I'd work on bringing your horse off his forehand and developing nice forward gaits. You have the cadence. Once your horse is working off his hind end he'll naturally start to carry his neck/head properly. He really pokes out nose out in the canter.

This is a general... I haven't shown Hunters in 3 years, and things are always changing, there may be others who can give you some more specific direction.
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The horse in the video is not sound behind at the walk or trot.

Not being able to jog sound will get you eliminated.
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post #4 of 29 Old 10-21-2010, 09:01 PM
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Maura is correct. That horse is unsound, and will be disqualified.
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post #5 of 29 Old 10-21-2010, 09:40 PM
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Maura is right. That horse isn't sound for riding, much less a hunter show.
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^^Agreed.

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Thanks. (:

@Mudpaint: Well I've only been riding 2-3 years and I've never showed before, so I'll probably only do Local Shows. I don't plan on showing in anything big for a while (if I ever do.) I'm most likely showing in Beginner Equitation (which is why I don't know much about hunters.)

@Maura, Charis, Riccil0ve, Apachiedragon: He's around 24-25 years old now. He's not my horse - he's a horse I ride in lessons and will probably show with (in equitation though, not hunters.). I really don't plan on doing anything more than a few small, local shows with 18inch, 4-jump courses, right now. (:
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post #8 of 29 Old 10-21-2010, 10:39 PM
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He is not sound enough to walk, much less trot or be asked to jump. You have been informed that he is lame; he is not riding sound. He is in a lot of pain, and to continue riding him in this condition is not a good thing.
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Well I see a horse that FOR ITS AGE is not bad at all. Looks stiff and is on the forehand but I find many horses in lower level hunter to be on the forehand.
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post #10 of 29 Old 10-21-2010, 11:24 PM
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^^^^ Agree'd. ^^^^ I see a 25 year old boy who is compliant and doing his job to the best of his abilities. Stiff, yes, but not "unsound to ride".

Besides, not our horse, not your horse, not the OP's horse. Not our decision, nor is it the OP's decision - but only the owners, on what to do with the horse. The care and the needs of the horse, are addressed by the owner - no one elses.

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