Originally Posted by wheeler4x4
Hunters is more about having a good calm even horse, being able to take them in the ring and just calmly jump the jumps etc. its kind of more snobby, has to be a push button horse. Jumpers is more having a clear round (not knocking any jumps) and who can do it the fastest. Equitation classes are based on the rider, how well the rider's form is etc... hope this helps
Hey, I rider hunters and I'm not snobby and my horse isn't push button.
But that's right...hunter horses are nice and keep a steady even pace while jumping, they make nice wide turns and take their time and try to look pretty while jumping.
Show jumpers it's all about getting the best time and a clear round. There is no time to concentrate on how pretty you look, so minor position flaws are OK, as long as it doesn't effect the horse.
Hunters are judged by a person while show jumping is all about the clock.
Also hunter fences are designed more natural with trees, flowers, and brown, white painted poles, the course is set up to flow. While jumpers have brightly pained fences and their courses are designed to have roll back turns, broken lines and stuff like that.