wow, thanks for the post minstrel! our version of hunters are night and day. so in the states a hunter is more like your hack...and your hunters are fully warmbloods and draftier breeds,yes? if this is also the case in australia, then this horse is a hack sort for sure. in the us, perhaps a hunter but again, in the us its more on movement rather than build
Yeah, I get so confused when you guys start talking about hunters... its so different! Movement is a big part of hunter showing here too, and that's where the big marks are, as well as manners and how good a ride they give the judge, but at any level high than local show the build is pretty important - the judge just won't place you against something that is more typically 'hunter' if it moves just as well.
Of the two, I'd say any TB is more of a hack build wise, but hacks do have to have a pretty cracking movement compared to hunters, and the preference is for smaller, finer horses, so bigger TBs don't tend to do as well (think there's a limit to 15.3hh in large hack classes in most shows here), but build wise that's closer to what he is. However, much as I hate to say it, he probably doesn't fit typically into either, however I would err on the side of lightweight hunter, as a finer hunter is more likely to place if it has good movement and gives a nice ride than a hack that is too big with too much bone. I have found that sometimes shows run a large riding horse class, where TBs tend to place better... but I'm a hunter girl, so I don't know too much about the judging for that.
Yeah, you don't tend to see actual warmbloods in hunter classes, they have too boxy a body - hunters are supposed to be a bit curvy, so tend to be TB crosses, usually with something like Irish Draught, so warmblood-type rather than actual warmbloods. There is less TB the further they go up the weight classes.
Yeah, it's pretty different from the US, but it's so much fun - watching the hunter classes at the Royal Highland Show or the Horse of the Year show is pretty amazing... the horses are so stunning.