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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan. 5, 2006
    the big city

    Default Pony in Beginner- strides?

    For those of you who train/judge hunters...

    If someone is riding a pony in the beginner division (2 ft, horses and ponies not separated) would you prefer to see an add in a line or the pony really motor to get the horse strides? A large pony, whose stride is around 9'-10', not a small with a teeny stride.

    Just curious to see what others' preferences are.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec. 22, 2000


    I'm not so worried about the exact number of strides in a beginner division. I'm more interested in consistency. So if a pony has a healthy-looking (not crawling) canter, and it adds one safely in each line, it won't bother me in that kind of division.

    If the course is twice around the outside, ideally the pony or horse should do the same number of strides both times it does a line.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun. 12, 2007
    Westchester County, NY


    At the schooling shows I've judged, I'd be happy with whatever it did as long as it was safe and consistent. A pony that ads three away from the gate and makes the strides towards the gate is bad, as is a pony that is going so fast it appears unsafe in order to make the strides.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun. 20, 2012
    The Part of TN in the Wrong Time Zone


    Safety comes first in beginner divisions. As long as the pony has an even good pace and consistently adds (6s in ALL the 5s, 7s in any 6s), they will be fine.
    .אני יכול לעשות הכל על ידי אלוהים

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct. 12, 2005
    Issaquah, WA


    In our local show series, which actually can be reasonably competitive, I have never seen strides matter. I took my green horse there and added one to each line for the first couple courses. He is horse sized but we kept a consistent, reasonable pace, and went for the adds so he didn't get flustered. In these shows, particularly if there are ponies showing against horses, I cannot imagine that they will count strides against you except in an absolute tiebreaker. More often than not something else will separate rides.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun. 17, 2001
    down the road from bar.ka


    Horses at 2' normally add one if the lines are set for 12'- no jump to take up 6 ' in the air on either side. Ponies in novice classes usually do the add at 12' and a double add at lines set at 10 or 11. Safe and smooth trumps the math.
    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

    The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

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