Terms for Comparable Advantages in Hunter Under Saddle General Better suited to purpose More suitable for purpose Walk Freer, more forward moving More relaxed Freer in his shoulder Trot Longer strided Flatter kneed Farther reaching Freer moving More extended More sweeping Canter More fluid Deeper hocked Placed his hocks more underneath his body More distinct, 3-beat canter Showed more drive and impulsion at the canter Showed more collection, driving off the hocks more Longer strided, flatter moving in the knees and hocks Lower, longer strided Showed greater collection, driving off the hocks more Showed greater extension while moving flatter and lower over the ground Movement Softer hoof to ground contact Moved with more forward motion Moved with more reach from his stifle Longer strided Longer, more ground covering stride Bolder moving horse that showed more length of stride at the trot and/or canter Showed greater extension of stride Flatter, freer mover Was freer moving in the shoulder and haunches Brisker moving horse that showed greater extension of stride Was flatter in their knees and hocks, moving lower to the ground Moved out in a longer lower frame Manners/Functional Correctness/Head Set and Carriage Calmer More relaxed Quieter More alert More accepting of cues Required less deliberate or obvious or visible cues More willing Quieter, steadier More consistent Was quieter and calmer throughout the performance 19 More attentive to the rider, looking straighter through the bridle More responsive in the upward (downward) transitions More responsive More responsive to the aids and cues given by the rider Quieter with the ears, tail, and/or bit Was ridden on a more desirable amount of contact Example Hunter Under Saddle Reasons Sir, I placed the Hunter Under Saddle 1-2-3-4, starting with two more suitable to purpose horses in 1 and 2, and ending with the ill mannered, less suitable in 4.
I realize that 1 could be somewhat smoother in downward transitions; however it is his advantage in responsiveness and movement that places him over 2.
The chestnut is more mannerly, being quieter and more mindful of the bit, while also being quieter with the tail.
Furthermore, 1 moves with a more consistently cadenced, forward moving trot when moving to the left.
I admit 2 more willingly moves into the trot from the canter; however, as he is less consistent at the trot, and mouths the bit, I left him second.
Moving to the intermediate pair, I placed 2 over 3, as the brown is better suited to purpose. 2 is a bolder moving horse, showing greater extension of stride and moving in a flatter, lower frame at both the trot and canter.
In addition, 2 responds more quickly to the rider in both the upward and downward transitions.
Admittedly, 3 is more accepting of the bit.
But I left him third as he is short strided and elevated in his frame.
Even so, it is 3’s advantage in manners that places him over 4 in the bottom pair. 3 is quieter with the bit and requires less obvious aids and cues from the rider.
Additionally he performs with a more pleasant expression while being ridden on a more desirable amount of contact.
I grant that 4 is more forward moving and freer at the walk.
Nonetheless, this bay places last as he travels with excessive speed at the canter.
Further, 4 requires excessive handling from the rider, thus making him the least suitable hunter in the class.
Thank you. Way of Going, and Jumping Style.
The hunter hack horse should move in the same style as a working hunter.
The class will be judged on style over fences, even hunting pace, flat work, manners, and way of going.
Horses shall be credited with maintaining an even hunting pace that covers the course with free-flowing strides.
Preference is given to horses with correct jumping style that meets fences square, jumping at the center of the fence.
Unsafe jumping and bad form over fences, including twisting, shall be penalized whether the fence was touched or untouched.
Incorrect leads around the ends of the course and cross cantering shall be penalized, as well as excessive use of a crop.
Fences in a line should be taken in the correct number of strides or be penalized.
Any error that endangers the horse and/or its rider, particularly refusals or knockdowns, shall be heavily penalized.
Faults to be scored accordingly during the rail work include being on wrong lead, excessive speed or slowness at any gait, break of gait, failure to take gait, head carriage too low or high, nosing out or flexing behind the vertical, opening mouth excessively, or stumbling. Terms of Comparable Advantages in Hunter Hack Fence Work Hunter Hack The primary selection criteria used to judge the Hunter Hack class are: Manners and Willingness, 20 Safer Guided more willingly Freer moving More evenly paced Approached the fences more in stride Has a more cadenced stride and approached the fences with more rhythm Jumped the fences more ideally in stride 1 rounded his back and jumped with more symmetry than 2 Incurred fewer knockdowns or refusals Was more obedient than 2 Accumulated fewer faults Covered the course with a longer, freer stride Exhibited more manners, being more obedient and responsive to the rider Approached the fences with more drive from behind and a lower more sweeping stride Cantered straighter to the center of each fence Jumped more centered between the standards Was more evenly paced in both the approach to and the departure from each fence Exhibited a more correct jumping form, lifting the knees and hocks more efficiently over the fences Tucked his knees tighter and more evenly More effective in folding his knees and hocks
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