Hunter Under Saddle? Seriously?
So the Summer Classic HUS classes were yesterday. This was the first year for almost five years that I've watched any english events. I generally stayed very far away fromt he other horses and only emerged to warm up and compete, then go back to the trailer for the rest of the time. This is also the first year I didn't have a horse entered. I don't always show, but I normally have a horse entered in the reining or working cow.
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.
WTF 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...
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.