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wsmoak
Aug. 3, 2009, 08:58 PM
Wandering over from the Eventing forum as I'm thinking of putting Patrick in a local hunter show to see if our new found ability to maintain a consistent pace on course is actually repeatable in a show atmosphere.

I don't particularly care about the ribbons, but when in Rome...

So, I gather I need to ditch the square saddle pad for a shaped fleece one, and swap his figure 8 noseband for a plain one. He already goes in a D-ring snaffle, so we're okay there. No boots, no martingale... anything else you can think of?

(RAR... are you going to be there September 5th?)

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Lucassb
Aug. 3, 2009, 09:04 PM
You can certainly use a (standing) martingale in the over fences classes - just make sure you remove it for the flat (called a "hack" class.)

You are correct about the fitted white pad and regular noseband.

Hunters are all about showing a smooth, consistent pace and meeting the jumps at a consistent takeoff distance. Use an opening circle - called a courtesy circle - to create the pace you want before heading to the first jump, and do another circle at the end of the course to do a smooth transition back to the trot or walk.

Make sure you do walk in and out of the gate - trotting/cantering is penalized.



Have fun!

fourmares
Aug. 4, 2009, 02:06 AM
gloves - black, breeches - tan or puke green. No boots on the horse of any kind in the hunters. Boots are fine in the eq. or jumpers... have fun, that's what it's all about.