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post #1 of 4 Old 10-07-2010, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Question - Hunter Eq, Flat

I have just started taking lessons with my college's equestrian club's coach... she told me yesterday that I have too much of a dressage seat for hunter eq flat classes. My trainer back home and I worked the whole summer on my form on the flat... so, it is kind of a little annoying to be told this.
Is this just a case of trainers' preferences or is there something behind is?
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-07-2010, 08:52 PM
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It could be a little of both. Regular hunter classes (around here) we dont ever really sit in the saddle except for the contact when posting or when at a walk. When cantering, you are out of the saddle with just a brushing contact. Hunter Eq classes you are a bit more in the saddle but not much. So it is possible that while working on your seat this summer you have gotten into a more dressage-like seat. But it is also possible that this coach likes a different style of riding then your other coach, especially if you are slightly outside the area where you previously were.

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post #3 of 4 Old 10-08-2010, 07:16 PM
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Dressage and Hunter Eq have difference positions that are considered "correct" mainly because the style of riding is different. George Morris says that in your posting trot you should be 15-20 degrees in front of the vertical (meaning, your upper body will be tilted forward 15-20 degrees). The reason is because hunters ride less with seat and more over the horse's center of gravity then a dressage rider does. At the canter your upper body will still be lighter then a dressage rider but a little deeper and slightly more upright then a hunter typically would.
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Ahhhhh so its probably more of a differing in styles then.... well, we will see after my show at the end of the month.

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