Hunters will have floaty, consistent movement around a course. Consistency is extremely important for a hunter because judges look for evenness in jumping, distances, strides, pace, rhythm, etc.
In Jumping, hunters should have square knees and jump forward, not flat and underneath themselves.
Again, rhythm is super important and should stay the same around a course.
They should also have a square frame and a low, flat neck that stays, again, consistent around a hack class.
Warmbloods and big bodied horses make good hunters but that doesn't go to say that smaller horses can't be good hunters either.
Hunters also should look relatively happy and willing!
In a course, there are so many different aspects that need to be met in order to have yourself a winning class, but that doesn't just come from the horse, the rider must be able to ask and receive properly aswell.
-landing leads, or asking for proper flying lead changes at the correct times
-hitting the distance that isn't too long or too short
-making striding down lines- being able to collect or open up smoothly without it being to obvious if needed
-keeping consistent pace
Last edited by QuickStep; 12-09-2012 at 09:19 PM.