Originally Posted by tealamutt
to the OP- thanks for starting this thread. I was lacking clarity too! So, I should take it as a compliment when girls at the barn tell me my horse is "such a little hunter" going over jumps?
That could mean a lot of things... (regardless I would consider it a compliment!) I imagine they probably mean she was nice and steady up to the jump. Or it could mean she jumped it well -nice bascule, picking up her knees and making them square, etc. Or both! Or it could mean she moves well.
PBritton- I would think "Nice Strides" would either mean he has a wonderfully big stride... or he's a nice mover!
Movement is also a very VERY big thing with hunters. Your horse needs to have a "sweepy" movement with very little knee or hock action and comes up from their shoulder. Their carriage should be long and low. Their attitude should be pleasant and happy. This is judged mainly in the undersaddle but once you get to the upper levels when EVERY horse gets their leads, correct distances/strides, etc the judging will get more critical of the quality of jump and movement.