Tips for Hunter class?
So I'm entering my mare in a few hunter hack classes in a show in two weeks. She is still green in jumping, but getting better. We are finally consistantly jumping without some crow hopping or refusing in there. My girl is finally getting confidence yay! Anyway, I haven't done a Hunter Hack class in like 4 years, so I wondered what you guys would have to say about these questions:
-Is it better to canter on the wrong lead or to trot and fix it and then continue to canter? (obviously the best choice is to get the right canter, but it is something we are working on...this question would also apply to flat pleasure classes too...I'm curious which gets you more points off. I feel like the judge has a better chance of missing the wrong lead than they would a change of gait and then the canter. But I could be wrong.)
-For Hunter Hack classes, after you jump your line, should your horse be collected for a hand gallop or is it more just a lengthening of the stride while in two point and collection won't matter? ( I know not to collect alot before the jumps themselves)
- I was told is mostly depends on the show itself/location, but overall alot of places will allow you to trot to the jumps and canter away for hack classes. Is that true?? (again, the obvious would be to just check with the show I'm going to if it is allowed, but I'm curious is that is pretty standard or not)
I'm pretty nervous about our jumping classes. She is amazing on the flat, and we will probably place in our flat classes, but I'm a hunter at heart and I care most about our jumping classes. Any good tips for a green jumper and a nervous show-goer? Haha. Thanks!
~He knows when you're happy
~He knows when you're comfortable
~And he always knows when you have carrots.