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    Default How to be a great hunter rider

    I have been watching the links to some super hunter rounds and I am in awe of these riders. Making it look smooth, effortless and mistake free...that is skill.

    So hunter coaches..tell me..how do you train a rider to be a great hunter rider?
    Aside from natural talent and hours and hours in the saddle
    How do you get someone from a pretty good rider to a great hunter rider?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mozart View Post
    How do you get someone from a pretty good rider to a great hunter rider?
    Send 'em to GM.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Come Shine View Post
    Send 'em to GM.
    I was going to say having natural talent, common sense and a lot of time and money, or go to GM. Apparently even God is jealous of GM or GM IS God...



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    Fair enough. Perhaps a thorough answer is too much for one post and would entail a book. Wait, let me guess, it has already been written and it is called "Hunter Seat Equitation"

    Perhaps a better question is: Are hunter riders born or can they be made?
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    Born then made. As in, you have to have the talent to start with, but you also have to take that natural talent and develop it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by HunterRider992 View Post
    Born then made. As in, you have to have the talent to start with, but you also have to take that natural talent and develop it.
    And you have to have the showmanship. Know your horse's strongs points and be able to emphasize them. Know the weak points and be able to hide them.

    For example: If you watched the John French and Rumba video: John trots that horse out in the first round, showing off his beautiful trot. That wasn't an afterthought. Some of the others cantered almost to the gate...probably not a mistake either.
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    I think that people are born with it. The truly great hunter riders are so effortless and seamless because riding a horse is natural to them. Some people can get on any horse and the horses seem to enjoy trying harder for them. Of course, access to great hunters and great trainers finesse all of this.
    Although she's young, I think Victoria Colvin is an incredible natural rider. She too has great showmanship, like RugBug mentioned. You can see this if you watch this video of her excellent round at Pony Finals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QIkoEmHzxY



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