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post #11 of 21 Old 01-25-2009, 09:53 PM
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post #12 of 21 Old 01-26-2009, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hopefully during this summer i can start schooling my TB and get into some schooling shows and getting us both used to the atmosphere. I never liked how uptight the hunter ring is. Thats never been my style.

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post #13 of 21 Old 01-26-2009, 02:38 PM
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I've done hunters and Jumpers but me and my horse are both def jumpers. We also like Eventing. But my trainer loved my TB movement and his canter when he was doing flat work and thought he would make a beautiful hunter, but he had other ideas. As soon as he sees a fence his ears prick forward and he is unstoppable! lol in a good way he says hunters is not for him and i just get to bored doing hunters i love the fun and excitement of the jumper ring!

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post #14 of 21 Old 01-26-2009, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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I've done hunters and Jumpers but me and my horse are both def jumpers. We also like Eventing. But my trainer loved my TB movement and his canter when he was doing flat work and thought he would make a beautiful hunter, but he had other ideas. As soon as he sees a fence his ears prick forward and he is unstoppable! lol in a good way he says hunters is not for him and i just get to bored doing hunters i love the fun and excitement of the jumper ring!

Thats how my TB is. not exactly unstoppable, because well he's in a simple snaffle and i can EASILY stop him. but he loves it. The hunters is too slow for me. i love the shart turning and the speed and the height. Hunters is too slow and too picky for me and my tb. we have to get him thinking for atleast 30 miinutes in the arena at home and we trot 3 footers like their 12" cross rails.
but he's turning 14 in april. thats the only concern. i dont want to run his time short on showing before or if he gets early arthiritis, etc.

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post #15 of 21 Old 01-28-2009, 09:28 PM
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I think a lot of riders start out in the hunters and then move on to jumpers for the equitation education. (<-- baha) I think it really makes a difference too. One of my friends who's hated hunters for her entire 8 year riding career is fearless in stadium and crosscountry, but her equitation is just pleh. In her still shots from events she looks either a) left behind b) like her legs shifted around or c) falling off, but she [usually] doesn't get in her horse's way and is a very efficient rider- just not a pretty one.

Personally, I really want to stick with hunters until I get to a point where I feel like I don't have to ENTER an equitation class to concentrate on riding correctly; I want it to just come naturally. My own examples...

Me at a hunter show (thinking about looking pretty)


Me at an event (thinking about racing the clock)

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post #16 of 21 Old 01-30-2009, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah well i'm always placing very high in eq classes. I placed 3rd in a class of 22 people this past summer before show season stopped. So i have eq down. Its just its too picky for me. And ive built up my confedence over the years for jumping so im fearless when it comes to it.

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post #17 of 21 Old 02-05-2009, 11:27 PM
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Right now I'm competing in the hunters and eq, working on improving my ability. But the more and more I jump, the more I can see myself moving over to the jumpers mainly because of the courses. I love the tight bending lines, rollback turns, long and collected lines, basically the technical aspects of it. I know some of the big eq classes have the same thing (why I'm working on that now), but we'll see. Also, I prefer the bolder jumpers.
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post #18 of 21 Old 02-06-2009, 04:44 PM
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My trainer starts all of her students out with showing in hunters, especially flat/eq classes and then like baby hunters at the little shows we go to. A) she does this to teach us how to braid, that way we are experts! even tho none of the other riders braid anymore lol and B) because in hunters we can get more aquanted (sp) with showing and go at a slow pace and take big turns to the jumps, to have a more of a learning experience. Then after a few of those shows we can start jumpers. I could never win in a hunter class, my jumping eq is awful. But jumpers....now that is a different story!

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post #19 of 21 Old 02-08-2009, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thats how my trainer is, we were talking yesterday and she said she really wants me and my horse into jumpers. He loves jumping. And the hunters is getting him more into showing, since he's new to the show ring, its good for him to get aquanted to the surroundings. But we're bringing him to to virginia where a friend of mine trains with McClain Ward and he's going to give me a few jumping lessons since they're both PHENOMINAL jumpers!

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post #20 of 21 Old 03-19-2009, 08:35 PM
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I made a similar change when I switched from equitation to eventing (boy, was that ever a culture shock!). So, of course, I now do both jumper and dressage shows for practice and I enjoy the atmosphere of the jumper crowd much more than the hunter and equitation peeps. You should be fine if you've been showing on the hunter circuit for a while -- jumpers is a welcome relief! You should still have a regular rhythm in the jumper ring, it's just a little bit faster tempo! Don't sweat the distance if at all possible -- almost all shows are at least two hours from my area. Just try to schedule your shows economically, taking into consideration entry fees, travel time, etc. Your mare's a beaut, reminds me a little bit of my gelding in the face and neck. Good luck!

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