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post #1 of 2 Old 07-24-2008, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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why jumpers don't do hunters.

Bri. all 15 hands of her. I've had her since mid-March. initially, she hated jumping with a passion. jump or pole. she'd slam on the breaks, kick out, rear, spin etc, to avoid it. ruled out pain. after a talk with her old owners (got her from auction, but still keep contact with them), come to find out that one day, she decided she didn't want to jump anymore, so they just let her be.
so I set to fixing that problem. now, we're competing 2'-2'6, and schooling 3'+ (mainly out XC)

I've competed her mostly in hunters, but since she prefers speed, also in jumpers. Her hacks are dead, dead quiet. like. throw a 2yo kid up on her type of safe-quiet. but jumping is another story.

anywho. did jumpers 2 weeks ago, and hunters this past weekend....which was more like a jumpers show :)

3 lines, all 72', and an outside single. easy 5 stride, right? everyone was getting 5 or 6. but no, not my horse. petite 15h qh that she is just has to do the line in 4 :roll: needless to say, we didn't place in that course :) 2nd course wasn't much better. it was a bit slower, and we hit all the distances, but she was still forward and flat. we got 5th. then the hack? 2nd haha

unfortunately, no pix, as we were just doing the maidens at 2', and she looks like cr*p at 2'. she's really forward and flat, so I didn't even bother. but I wish I had a video of that line haha
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post #2 of 2 Old 07-24-2008, 04:42 PM
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dont feel bad that's exactly how my TB eventer/jumper is. since he was so cute we thought we'd b able to use him as a hunter/eq horse, well he had different ideas about that.

He's absolutely beautiful in dressage, but he gets bored if we do too much, but he LOVES to jump and when he sees a jump he hauls ass like crazy! lol it's so much fun, he always finds his distances and he can take a jump at any angle and will do anything with his body to get over the jump and make sure he doesnt touch a pole, but thats also the eventer in him! but when he hacks he can be as slow and collected but when we jump he just gets so excited and he's almost 16.2h but he has the stride of a 17h warmblood! lol

so i totally feel you on the whole hunter vs jumpers thing, but in my opinion i like jumpers better anyway, it's so much more fun and the horses always seem to get so much more competetive.

"The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on; it is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible the change is for the better."
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