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Difference between show jumpers and hunters?
This is probably a stupid question, but I've heard of people talk about horses looking like hunters instead of jumpers and vice versa....what's the difference? Thanks
hunters is about looks and stuff, jumpers is for speeeeeed! :)
Hunters is about form over fences and consistency. You want a steady, controlled ride. Speed will be penalized. Lead changes are important as is making the correct distance. (Strides between jumps.) And speaking of that, has anyone ever come up and told you guys, "Nice strides" in reference to your horses ability to make the distances? Someone said that to me the other day and it threw me.
Jumpers is about clearing fences. Form isn't supposed to be important, but of course it *is* important because sloppy knees makes for sloppy jumping. The goal is to clear jumps without knocking a pole. Depending on the table they're using, you might need to go fast in the first round...or not. But at some point you're going to need to hit the afterburners.
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So basically if your horse stays nice, collected and jumps pretty then Hunters is good for you, but if you look ugly going, but can jump clean and fast you should put your horse in jumpers? Just trying to clarify.
LOL. Yes. That's it exactly! The fences in hunters are more natural, too. Jumper poles are loud and colorful.
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Lol k thanks! I'll have to post some vids wen my mare gets better at jumping undersaddle so you can choose which is best for her
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.
ha ha, that bucking jumper made me laugh :)
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