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    06-27-2010, 10:59 PM
I know its because they have the same judges for both. I have stopped going to the schooling shows at this particular place because of that.
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    06-28-2010, 12:32 AM
We had a trainer out to the barn a few months ago who saw me riding my QH and suggested I show him in HUS. Her points that I would need to work on: He needs to slow down that trot a good bit....think jog with extention. It made no sense to me at the time but now that i've seen a few HUS shows...yikes. I haven't shown or watched shows in about 15 oh my how things have changed!
    06-28-2010, 01:45 AM

Is this HUS? Looks like WP to me.
    06-28-2010, 02:32 AM
I mean, seriously. Have any of these judges even read the standard? It's really not that hard.
    06-28-2010, 06:57 AM
Originally Posted by draftrider    
YouTube - hunter under saddle

Is this HUS? Looks like WP to me.

Heading toward a jump with that gait-Be VERY afraid! YIKES!

I have noticed the same thing here, and like others, I just don't get it. Personally I feel like I am going right off, but then, I have done H/J for too many years. (not just WP with an english saddle)
    06-28-2010, 07:13 AM
Green Broke
I posted a thread a couple of weeks ago asking if it is normal to have to kick at every stride on a hunter jumper, as I had a lesson at a hunter jumper barn and this is what I found most difficult about the horse. I had no trouble jumping the jumps and surprisingly enough, neither did the horse (jumps were only 3'). The only real difficulty I had was keeping the horse MOVING in between fences as he would literally stop if you stopped kicking!

Coming from an eventing/SJ background back home is Australia, I wanted to try HJ to see what it was like - always good to try something new right? WRONG. I love the way the course rides with long straights and beautiful lines to each jump however I really didn't like having to keep the horse moving by kicking each stride (as instructed by the trainer). I don't mind pushing a horse if it needs to be encouraged to be more active but there is no way I would want to ride a horse around a course if I have to push it every step of the way. How do these horses jump anything of real height, like 4' and above? I understand that part of the objective is to look as pretty as possible going around the jumps but catatonic is not pretty in my books.

I don't think I will pursue the HJ world after that experience - put me on a clock, give me an awesome course and watch me go!!!
    06-28-2010, 07:19 AM
Sarahver-This super slow/low like this video I have seen primarily at QH shows. Not at H/J shows. I rode H/J for years, and did not find I had to constantly push the horse. Perhaps it was the horse you were on?
    06-28-2010, 07:24 AM
Green Broke
Ah, thanks for the clarification franknbeans, is it not the same mentality though? Apparently (from what I have been told) what the judges like in the HJ are 'whip and spurs horses'. This was explained to me as a horse that requires a whip and spurs to get it to move. Hmmmm.

It could be just the barn that I went to (quite a successful one I might add) so I probably won't be going back there again. If I come across another HJ barn I might just give it one more chance and pop in to have a lesson there instead, just to see what it is like.
    06-28-2010, 07:30 AM

Please do. I really think the horse you rode was an exception. A good hunter should have "cruise control" - once you set the pace in your opening circle, you shoudn't have to make a lot of adjustments. They can be an utter joy to ride.

This thread is about Quarter Horse breed shows, which are very, very big in the states, but very, very different from the regular hunters. None of the horses shown in this thread would do very well at a regular hunter competition. They're being judged by the QH/ Western Pleasure standard.
    06-28-2010, 07:34 AM
Green Broke
Thanks guys, I am still gathering information about how everything works here, we really had no western riding whatsoever back home so I sometimes forget that there is this whole other dicipline out there!

I promise to make no more sweeping assertions about the HJ world after visiting only one barn!

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