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post #1 of 3 Old 01-29-2012, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Question Hunter Vs. Dressage

I've been riding for 12 years, I've leased many horses and I am now looking for my first horse. I'm looking for an all-around english horse who I can enjoy; hacking out, basic dressage, and under 3' hunter courses, maybe a show or two a year. I am looking for a horse which is well trained, and dependable and who has experience. In my search I am finding many horses are either dressage trained or hunter trained. I realize the two do overlap because you do need solid flatwork for jumping. For what I want, would it be better to go with a dressage trained horse or a hunter?
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-30-2012, 01:22 PM
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If you really want to jump I'd go with hunter, simply because every hunter should be able to do at least lower level dressage but not every dressage horse is trained to jump. (or will enjoy jumping) Where are you located and what's your price range? I know of several good horses for sale!
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I think you have answered your own question! Any horse that does 3' jumping should have a solid grasp on flatwork in the firstplace, and it sounds like you want a "been-there done-that" kind of horse. It's not a good idea to get a horse that isn't experienced in jumping already and therefor you will have to train to jump on your own. You never know what your going to get when you start training a horse over fences in the first place. Go find your jumper! It's out there somewhere, waiting for you. :)
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