So this year I was just a spectator. I watched the HUS classes and my god.
These horses are supposed ot be up and move out, right? They are supposed to judge on how well they believe the horse will perform in the jumping arena. That's why I loved HUS; All my horses had movement, and they get up and move out.
But oh my god, these horses had their noses in the dirt, had terrible gaits, and I swear if we put a jump in front of them they would trip over it. They wouldn't even see it; just trip, get up, and go back to lolling around the arena.
Wth happened? Five years ago I watched the same class and we had big, muscular hunter jumpers who moved out, had heads up, and looked ready to compete in a high level jumping class.
Sorry for the novel, but I am so dissappointed. Next time we have a HUS class at the expo, I'm going to enter my horse that moves out and see if the lolly-gaggers can keep up. Sad thing is, my HUS horse isn't even that good.
Is it getting this bad where you all compete? I sure hope it's just my area...