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  1. #21
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    I think that, as other have stated, if you teach a "dressage change" you can easily get a "hunter change" on that horse by virtue of not collecting the canter. That is, IF your horse is totally relaxed about changes and doesn't get one iota tense.

    My 3rd/4th level horse has never been a hunter a day in her life. But, when I tried her prior to purchasing her, I essentially got a hunter change on her simply because I did not have the canter collected enough. (My 2nd time riding her and I just wanted to make sure the changes were confirmed enough that I could get them.) Matter of fact, the trainer's words were "yes, she changed but it was really flat."

    And another horse I bred and raised has been a dressage horse and we have been working on changes, teaching them the "dressage way." I have been taking her for some jumping lessons with a hunter trainer for fun (another one of my mares is in hunter training because that is what she is best suited for.) The other day we did a change while jumping and the hunter trainer commented on what a great change it was. Again, canter had no collection so change was flat and smooth.
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  2. #22
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    The most correct is back to front. Think of it as the horse pushes off of the back leg when you ask him to canter.

    Oh gee- I'm from the Hunter forum. Guess "most of us folks" don't know cuz you know, only "dressage" forum people know the difference.



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    Unless you ask the hunter forums, where most of the folks there don't know the difference.
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