Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: west palm beach, fl
I don't hope it passes :( I've been riding hunter jumper from the very beginning of my training. Its a pretty huge deal here in fl, though a lot of people feel its "stuffy". I find it enjoyable and extremely effective as far as the horses involved (can't say much for the riders in exaggerated positions, I like a nice, straight backed, even two point over my fences, and so far the judges have agreed)
I finished my mare in hunters previous to starting trail with her, and I've found that it does wonders for when she starts to get to big for her britches. The strictness of the discipline really puts her in my hands, and even if she just spent an hour being an absolute brat on a trail I can bring her back to a nice rounded collection, do a few lead changes, poles or crossrails, and she's back to being my big red respectful annie.
Currently the discipline is flooded with warmbloods, sport horses, and mixed ponies. There were twenty seven kids on ponies in the crossrails class last town show I went to, but wellington is flooded with huge bay european breeds.
It is extremely removed from actual foxhunting, and though it really has no purpose but looking fancy and competing, I know tons of people who truly enjoy it. Maura pretty much explained the things a hunter is judged on and expected to achieve, but there's a happy side to it too!
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