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post #1 of 12 Old 05-07-2012, 06:18 AM Thread Starter
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Question Hunters or Jumpers is the question.

Hi all,
I have a show on the 20th, but I'm stuck on either to do hunters or jumpers with my mare. She moves like a hunter but is the type that tends to over excited herself when it comes to jumping. There's equal sides here, half of the people I talk to tell me she's a good mover for hunters, but the other half tell me she has the speed and ability to jump that is needed for the jumpers, which is now really making it a hard decision for me . We have never done a jumper class together (only ever practiced at home), we've always been in hunter rounds which she has done very well in. I prefer to do jumpers and would like to try it with her (always been in my interest) but I'm just stuck on what to do! I would only be doing the lower classes (2'3 & 2'6) because its our first show of the year. My question in all this is what is the better choice? Try the jumpers or try the hunters again? It may sound really stupid but its one of the biggest shows I've done with her so I am very nervous (the hunters and jumper classes are on 2 different days as well or I would do both!)

Thanks for any help :)

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post #2 of 12 Old 05-07-2012, 06:30 AM
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Since you say ur mare is a gd mover than hunters r 4 you but since she gets excited, the judges count off for that. Instead of deciding which one 2 do, try both. You said they r 2 different days, but why not do both.@ the lower levels and see how you and ur mare do. This will give you the experience and you will also know which class fits you and ur horse better instead of guessing. Good luck
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Since you say ur mare is a gd mover than hunters r 4 you but since she gets excited, the judges count off for that. Instead of deciding which one 2 do, try both. You said they r 2 different days, but why not do both.@ the lower levels and see how you and ur mare do. This will give you the experience and you will also know which class fits you and ur horse better instead of guessing. Good luck
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Sadly I am only aloud to do one day as I have another show the next weekend.

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post #4 of 12 Old 05-07-2012, 07:12 AM
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it seems like you want to do the jumpers more than hunters, so I would do jumpers =]

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I would try very hard to keep her going like a hunter. Once you start going faster and do a few jumper classes, you will for sure make her too silly to be a hunter. I would at least try to go for form.
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The question I have is, when she's 'excited', can you control her well enough to adjust her speed at all? A great deal of "adjust-ability" is needed for jumpers. If she gets out of control jumping, you may have difficulty in either discipline.
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Hi all,
I have a show on the 20th, but I'm stuck on either to do hunters or jumpers with my mare. She moves like a hunter but is the type that tends to over excited herself when it comes to jumping. There's equal sides here, half of the people I talk to tell me she's a good mover for hunters, but the other half tell me she has the speed and ability to jump that is needed for the jumpers, which is now really making it a hard decision for me :oops:. We have never done a jumper class together (only ever practiced at home), we've always been in hunter rounds which she has done very well in. I prefer to do jumpers and would like to try it with her (always been in my interest) but I'm just stuck on what to do! I would only be doing the lower classes (2'3 & 2'6) because its our first show of the year. My question in all this is what is the better choice? Try the jumpers or try the hunters again? It may sound really stupid but its one of the biggest shows I've done with her so I am very nervous:lol: (the hunters and jumper classes are on 2 different days as well or I would do both!)

Thanks for any help :)
Going by that statement right there, I'd say go for jumpers :)

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The question I have is, when she's 'excited', can you control her well enough to adjust her speed at all? A great deal of "adjust-ability" is needed for jumpers. If she gets out of control jumping, you may have difficulty in either discipline.
yes I am able to control her speed quite well, we have been doing mainly dressage for the last 2 years (with some jumping on the side) and are training level 2 and level 3 movements which has really helped with jumping!

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Going by that statement right there, I'd say go for jumpers :)
I believe I will be doing that! Thanks everyone
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I agree with Cherie. Rushing jumps is not what makes a good jumper. In fact, hunters really specialize in style over jumps and jumpers have the ability and desire to cleanly jump higher and wider. The old Disney movie, "The Horse in the Grey Flannel Suit" showed a Jumper taking that wall, not a Hunter.
IMO, you should enter the hunter class and have a friend take a video of you both to watch and analyze later. Not saying you DON'T own a jumper. I would just like my horse to listen to me when taking a course. =D
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