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post #1 of 7 Old 01-03-2011, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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can someone explain the difference

When I was taking lessons when I was younger, I always refer back to it as 'hunter/jumper' lessons. But I've come to find out now that there is a difference. There is either 'hunters' or 'jumpers' and from what I gather the difference is pretty much 'rules'. But now I was talking to my trainer about another barn my sister is considering riding at and she said 'they are all 'eventers' what's that all about?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-03-2011, 02:21 PM
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Hunters are usually separated, in shows, by "under saddle", or flat, classes, and "over fences" classes. Over fences the judges are combining the factors of the rails you knock down and your and your horse's form over the fences. Mostly subjective, some objective grading.

Jumpers are where your objective is to get around a class as fast as you can without knocking down poles or having refusals. Purely an objectively scored class.

Eventing is a whole other discipline that judges your horse's versatiliy in dressage, show jumping, and cross country. It's objectively scored and the score is the combined score from all three portions of the event.

Hope this helps!
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ahh ok. I have heard of '3 day eventing' which is when you do all three (dressage, cross country, jumping) so I thought maybe 'eventing' was referring to that. So, you could still go to an 'eventing' barn and take jumping lessons, right?
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Absolutely. Show jumping is a phase of eventing, so eventing instructors are more than qualified to give jumper lessons.
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Ok here's another one. I was looking at a nearby barn and they do saddle seat, western pleasure and HUNT is hunt seat different than hunters or jumpers?
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Huntseat riding is what you're doing when you're riding hunters. It's just another term for it. Instead of saying hunter on the flat or over fences, you'd say huntseat on the flat or over fences.
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The way I usually explain it to people is that Hunt Seat Riding is all about good form for horse and rider. The horse should perform in a 'pretty' manner as should the rider. Both need correct 'form' to do it well.

Jumping is all about performance. Horse and rider can be anything but pretty as long as they get over the coarse 'clean' and fast.

Eventing has Dressage in it to show that the horse and rider can ride with form and precision and look nice doing it. Then, the Cross Country and Stadium Jumping are all about performance and not about form or looks.

We usually suggest that people start out with Dressage and/or Hunt Seat lessons so they learn to ride with correct form. There are so many jumping riders that learn such bad form and have so many bad habits that are difficult to break when they learn to jump first. Ironically, many of the problems jumping riders have are caused by their riding with such bad form that they would have befitted greatly from learning to ride with correct form first.
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