Hello I am new to the forum. I own and run a small hunter barn. I have a new student who has a little Arab and I am kinda in between a rock and a hard place with her. I showed in Arab breed shows as a junior many moons ago and showed in the hunter classes there. I just show in the USHJA shows now. She came from a Arab barn and they went to the Arab shows, so she wants to continue.
At first I thought this was a good idea as the judges in the hunter classes are pretty prejudiced against Arabs.
Since it has been so long since I have been to or done anything in the Arab world I went online and looked at some youtube videos of the hunter flat classes. Well the long and short of it is I am not training her to go like that. Most (including winners) were in really short tight frames, and well behind the bit. They also had way too much knee action then I would consider acceptable in a hunter. I was thinking maybe the Arabian Sport Horse classes would be more accepting of a correct hunter frame. What do you think? Should I try and just have her try the open shows, knowing that she may not place well through no fault of her own? When she gets ready to show over fences it will not be as big of a deal, as the Arab over fences horses go more correct.