Hunter/Jumper - Why so many Bays and Chestnuts??

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Hunter/Jumper - Why so many Bays and Chestnuts??

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    04-16-2012, 10:18 AM
Green Broke
Question Hunter/Jumper - Why so many Bays and Chestnuts??

I'm just getting into Hunters (from Eventing) and can't help but notice that there are SO many Bays and Chestnuts in Hunters, why is that?? I have a Buckskin large pony, and am feeling kind of anxious to show her in a sea of dark browns and chestnuts haha!

Do Hunter judges tend to not like other colors like Grays and Buckskins, or is there another reason why the Bays and Chestnuts are so abundant? Just wondering!
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    04-16-2012, 10:26 AM
Its probably bc h/j is dominated by WBs with the occasionaly TB. You don't see a ton (although some) paints, SBs (next to never), or other breeds that can have color.
Honestly I think with a buckskin you can stick out in a good way :) are you going to show hunters or jumpers?
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    04-16-2012, 10:34 AM
Green Broke
Ahhh ok that makes sense...and I'll be showing Hunters (flat and over fences), my very first Hunter show is next month I'm excited, it'll be a fun change of pace for us, my mare was starting to get a little burnt out on dressage so I thought we'd switch for the summer just to give her a little break. She did well with Eventing, always placing top 3 in her division (low levels though, only 2'0", but still, she did well!) so this may be a bit of a learning curve for us, but I think she'll be happy with the break.

She carries herself naturally more like a Hunter anyway. Here's an idea of how she moves

    04-16-2012, 12:54 PM
I <3 your pony's color! I'm in your position though - I have an appy that I hope to take into the hunter/jumper ring someday (i hope to do everything with him but you know). My appy mare was used as a jumper pony for a bit as well so I wonder how she did. I don't think color should matter but who can say.
    04-22-2012, 02:22 PM
The color situation is just because that's what the TBs and Warmbloods are - Bays, Chestnuts ... kinda basic colors :P My OTTB baby is black, and he placed just as well as the paint mare, untill he knocked a rail, and then the paint mare beat him. Color doesn't make much of a diffrenece. BUT, you will attract the eye of a judge, and if I were them, I'd have a hard time judging the class with your pretty pony in it! I couldn't take my eyes off!!
    04-22-2012, 07:04 PM
Yup, I know how you feel. I have a palomino who I show. We finally got her pony carded this year though (she's a horse with long feet, and a pony right after the farrier comes) so we actually did really well in the large division last weekend. As others have said, the hunter world is dominated by TBs and WBs who tend to be chestnut, bay, black, and grey. Ponies fortunately tend to be a bit more colorful though. Your mare looks like a great mover so I'm sure you'll do well!

This is my mare (who just recently decided it's okay to actually listen to me, drop her head, and stop running around like a giraffe haha) if you're interested :)
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    04-23-2012, 08:26 AM
Green Broke
Thanks girls!!
    04-23-2012, 08:32 AM
I wouldnt be worried about color. People tend to think judges are a lot more color prejudiced than they are ! I know this because I used to compete my paint and do well in any discipline =]
    04-23-2012, 02:43 PM
Yeah, I've got a grey and he does extremely well in every A show we go to. :) I personally think the judges like something that will catch their eye like greys, pallys lots of chrome, etc. I think that paints may have gotten a bad rep is because most paints are quarter horses/paints and hence move and jump likewise. Hunters love the warmbloods, so chances are the colored horses might not do well is not because of the color, but because of the breed, the movement and the jump.
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    04-23-2012, 07:39 PM
Green Broke
Oh I gotcha, well my mare is a Paint/QH so hopefully they still like her movement despite that! ;)
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