What boots to wear?
Im 15 years old and have a 15hh Welsh D x Thoroughbred which i am willing to show this year, i usually ride little show ponys and ride in jodphur boots, considering my age and the size of my horse, what boots should i be wearing? I will be in the 15hh and under show hunter, light weight hunter and working hunter classes? what boots should i wear? HELP
Jodphur boots and a nice pair of half chaps would be fine if it's just a schooling show.
[QUOTE=minstrel;1925741]Half chaps are never appropriate in a show ring, particularly rough out chaps. QUOTE]
Even leather Half-Chaps? Interesting! Not like that in Canada, although I am un sure of where the OP is from..
Jodhpur boots always used to be the correct footwear for pony classes and 15hh is pony class for hunters - working or show but in recent years more and more 15hh competitors seem to be wearing long leather boots - you could get away with good quality synthetic ones at local shows
Half Chaps are a NO NO though you might pass at a local show with the leather ones that match your boots but they are quite expensive.
This is a 133cm pony class
and this is a 153cm pony class
Surely it depends on class height restrictions? Small hunter classes (not hunter pony) vary on required height but are often 15-15.2hh, and since they are expected to weight carry would be considered adult classes, so long boots. A specific hunter pony not exceeding 15hh is a jodhpur boot class (and often this would be your working hunter height split) but a small hunter or lightweight hunter (again depending on height restrictions) would be long boots. Often you find height restrictions vary, as its the amount of bone that matters most.
I asked a few friends who's kids compete in WH and apparently you dont see so many jodphur boots now in the 15hh classes as the upper age limit is now 20 for that class
Its not that common at higher levels for 15hh hunter ponies ridden by 'children' to also compete in the adult horse classes ridden by the same child but no reason why not. The Hunter pony classes (affiliated) come under the BSPS registration whereas the hunter horses now come under the Sport Horse GB registration but obviously at local shows this wouldnt have any impact - though you rarely see the weight/height classes split at local level as not enough entries to warrant that.
It gets a bit confusing at higher level as a lightweight hunter can be up to 16.2 and should be able to carry 12st 7lb and have 8.5 inches of bone so a 15hh horse might struggle in that class.
A small hunter class might be better for the OP's horse as they should be 15.2 max and look like a smaller version of the middleweight hunter - the section D x TB can be a good mix for that look if its inherited enough bone from the cob side
OP - not sure if theres anything in these that might help you?
Not a great video but gives an idea of the build of the horse
Should be a link to pics of small ridden hunters
E.S.Photography | National Hunter Supreme Championship Show 2012 | 08 Evening - Small Ridden Hunters
I used to have a 15.2hh Welsh D x Irish Draught that was a classic small hunter - he literally looked like a middleweight with the legs cut off (: the Section D's really do cross well for hunter-type looks.
My UK informant (who is obviously not very busy at work!!!) now tells me that there is an intermediate class for hunter ponies 148cm to 158cm height for riders up to 25 years
I think its all getting very confusing
The big problem I see with the OP's idea (sorry we havent forgotten you btw) is that a 15hh hunter pony has to look like a pony but a small hunter has to look like a horse and so I'm not sure if it fits into one class its going to fit into the other
I bought Flo originally (19 years ago) to just bring on, have a friends daughter compete on her and sell for 15hh ridden or working hunter but she went and grew an inch and a bit too much. Shes a section C x TB but she never really had enough bone and body to compete in the horse classes though I think she looks more like a horse than a pony so nothing was on her side
Not sure why but I ended up keeping her
I did some local WH classes with her and she was OK when she wasnt showing off turning cartwheels for the hell of it!!
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