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    01-21-2013, 04:19 PM
  #1
Foal
Hunter Pace Help

Hi everyone!

My friend and I are looking into doing a Hunter Pace this summer with our horses. We plan to do one locally so we don't have to travel far; however, we've both never done one before! Both of our horses are ex-trail horses and are non-spooky on trails and, basically, everywhere. Both her and I have walk, trotted and cantered our horses on trails before, but neither of us have jumped on a new trail (I've never even jumped on a trail before!) Neither of us have any cross country training either, but both of us are hunter jumpers.

Any tips? Advice? Suggestions?

The only thing that I worry about is that my horse, Audi, sometimes likes to get a little bit strong after a jump, which then causes him to trip a little bit. And I don't think I would like to fall off on my first hunter pace! Hahaha.

Thanks! :)
     
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    01-21-2013, 04:26 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Why don't you go hill toppers on your first hunterpace, and you can take some jumps if you and your horse feel like it.

Hunter paces are pretty laid back around here.
My cousin and I went in the over fences devision and my horse was being bad so I only jumped a fraction of the fences, no one cares.

Or if you go with the jumping devision and you see a jump that makes you nervous, don't take it.
     
    01-21-2013, 04:28 PM
  #3
Showing
You have the option not to take any jumps when doing a hunter pace. Of course, that puts you out of the running for any prizes, but you're not required to jump.

Hunter paces are timed, so if you do decide to jump, you won't know the time you have to beat until after everyone's finished, so you'll have to stick around to see who's won.

If you plan to jump, it would be good if you could practice jumping out on the trails before the hunter pace. That way, your horses will have an idea of what's going on and they'll be prepared physically for it.

Other than that, just go and have fun.
     
    01-21-2013, 05:19 PM
  #4
Super Moderator
All said - you don't have to jump, just aim for having fun your first few times, if the horses are settled you can always try a few small fences
Word of warning - wear gloves - a lot of horses get a bit strong the first time they are out in a crowd and you don't want blistered hands or hands slipping around on sweaty reins if your horse starts pulling
We call them 'Fun Rides' in the UK and when I took the arab for the first time - and he was used to big shows by then - he looked like a meringue after not very long he got so excited he was lathered.
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    01-21-2013, 07:20 PM
  #5
Foal
Thank you everyone for the tips! It really helps. :)
     
    01-21-2013, 07:30 PM
  #6
Trained
I love reading threads about rookie hunter pacers. It always seems to go the same way. Lots of questions and concern about jumping solid fences, worries about horses getting strong. They decide to take the safe route and just walk/trot most of the way. By the end of the hunter pace, they are cantering along on a loose rein sailing over fences with a big grin on their faces. Hunter paces are so much fun. Just go at your own pace, be polite when passing teams in front of you. Always come down to a walk and ask permission to pass. As for jumping solid fences, just be sure to sit back and wait for the fence. Get left behind a little if you have to. Jumping ahead = bad. Have fun and report back with pics if possible.
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    01-21-2013, 08:56 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
I love reading threads about rookie hunter pacers. It always seems to go the same way. Lots of questions and concern about jumping solid fences, worries about horses getting strong. They decide to take the safe route and just walk/trot most of the way. By the end of the hunter pace, they are cantering along on a loose rein sailing over fences with a big grin on their faces. Hunter paces are so much fun. Just go at your own pace, be polite when passing teams in front of you. Always come down to a walk and ask permission to pass. As for jumping solid fences, just be sure to sit back and wait for the fence. Get left behind a little if you have to. Jumping ahead = bad. Have fun and report back with pics if possible.
I'm hoping on getting a GoPro helmet camera by the beginning of summer. I'll be sure to get a video of it and then post it. :) And thanks so much for the advice!
     

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