So I have a few questions as I primarily do jumpers and field hunting and eventing, but I just watched my friend's sister at WEF (broadcast online in the hunter championship) and why do all the horses have standing martingales?
I also know that running martingales are not permitted but wondering why as they give the horse more freedom to jump.
Does anyone show without a martingale in upper level hunters?
I was also wondering why most classes don't go over 3'3" - 3'6"? I know there are 4' hunter classes, but they are rare. Seeing as how the main focus used to be to show off your field hunter in the off-season, and seeing as how in the field we see jumps higher than 3' / 3'3" (up to 4" or more with drops/ditches/banks, etc.) why that doesn't translate to the ring classes. Although I also know that there's such a difference these days anyway. I do have to say i'm glad to see the hunter derbies bringing back more of the field-style in hunters :)