One of the things so amusing in the video draftrider posted is that the rider has her hands down by her knees (ok, half way down her thighs) most of the time. Not even close to the right place for a hunter rider to have their hands. But that seems to be the norm.
Sara, I agree with Maura. This is not what you see at a real hunter/jumper show. Not at all. Breed and open show HUS is only called that because they use English tack. It looks nothing like this at a real hunter show.
Her hands are not in the proper location, even for a breed show. She's probably in a class judged soley on the horse.
Hunter classes are REAL in any show. This is a breed show, that video shows what that particular type of show is looking for. If you don't like it, don't show it.
If you go to an upper level hunter show you'll see a very different ride that may be more what you are looking for.
Quarter horses do very well in the local level hunt shows, which are an even different ride then the upper levels. The upper level horses are very collected (as defined by spyder and maura) and although they have a more forward moving gait, it is very controlled.
In the local level shows the horses are heavy on the forehand, their heads are in the air and they are moving quickly but not collected.
Arabs are trained in a very different way, if they are showing in the breed shows, their hus horses move a lot more like the QH ones, although they carry their heads higher. I show at arab breed shows so I know this from experience.
Quarter horses don't do as well at the higher level hunt shows, unless they are the appendix and even then, it depends on the frame and build of the horse, they have to be able to acheive the way of movement that is being asked in those shows.
Hunter / Jumper horses are not the same as hunter horses.
These disciplines are all different. If you don't like one, then choose another. There is something out there for everyone.
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