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  • How comfortable does an Eq horse need to be?

    Just out of curiousity, does an eq horse need to be a comfy ride? Of course, it would certainly make everything look easier. But what are the most desirable qualities for an eq horse?

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    For one thing it would be helpful for the horse not to have as much bascule has the hunters typically have. That jumping style tends to pop the rider out of the saddle. However, I recall reading an article on this topic a number of years ago by someone who judged one of the BigEq finals. This particular judge said that they preferred to see the horse with a bit of bascule to differentiate between riders who could maintain their style in more difficult circumstances as opposed to those riding flatter horses that were easier to look pretty on.

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    • #3
      Step, scope, bravery, work ethic, perfect changes, adjustability, soundness (so you can practice enough and qualify) and preferrably with an attractive way of going - smooth across the ground, nice expression, tidy jumper.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by toomanyponies View Post
        Step, scope, bravery, work ethic, perfect changes, adjustability, soundness (so you can practice enough and qualify) and preferrably with an attractive way of going - smooth across the ground, nice expression, tidy jumper.
        I agree with all of this.

        My pony had a really flat jump which made it very easy to ride. My current horse has a bigger jump, and it can definitely make holding my position more difficult, especially if she decides to jump rounder over something. Having a horse with smooth gaits and a flatter jump definitely won't hurt you in an eq class...

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        • #5
          My more "huntery" horse has a shorter neck and "has" popped me out of the tack quite a few times... His head when over the fence at times has dissapeared - the neck goes down and nothing for me to lean on. lol

          My, what people that know what their talking about, say is an Equitation horse - has a really nice long neck to lean on and I havent popped out of the tack... ((yet)) However he jumps well... nice and even etc... He has a huge amount of scope, soft stride canter, very balanced... kind of goes around like a dressage horse.. if that makes sense. ?

          So I am learning too. The best thing to do is go on youtube and type in "equitation" (like the MaClays) and then check out the Hunter derby horses... (like Rumba) you will see the difference in the way they go.

          And edited to add to answer your question about comfort - canter, really comfy - trot as long as your posting.. sitting well, lets just say Im working on it... lol.
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            Thanks for the input. My DD needs a horse and I was thinking maybe she could use my horse, but he's got a very uncomfortable trot. However, he does have a flatter jump, and the canter isn't bad, and his neck is nice and long. Hmmm, it would be cheaper than buying another horse for her.

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              Originally posted by Starda01 View Post
              Thanks for the input. My DD needs a horse and I was thinking maybe she could use my horse, but he's got a very uncomfortable trot. However, he does have a flatter jump, and the canter isn't bad, and his neck is nice and long. Hmmm, it would be cheaper than buying another horse for her.
              If she likes the horse, go for it! A trot is not the main focal point in an eq o/f class- and if she makes it to the flat phase (if she's doing classes that require that), she'll have become a better rider by learning to ride that bouncy trot- this happened to me with my horse. He's got a horrible trot, but my leg is now super solid at the trot and my sitting trot is a million times better because of this horse's horrible trot. Plus, I always look really good when I get on other horses who are smooth by comparison!
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              • #8
                If a pogo stick trot is the worst problem that your daughter and this horse have together, you don't really have much of a problem.
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                • #9
                  Well that depends...how well can you sit the trot?

                  But in all seriousness, a comfy trot for the flat, and a smooth canter is are definitely helpful in the eq ring, especially when you get to the upper levels.
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                  • #10
                    There was a horse in my barn who was a VERY successful equitation horse (ribbons at Medal, Maclay, and USET all in the same year) who had the most uncomfortable trot I've ever seen. You just had to have extremely strong core muscles and legs.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by blackcat95 View Post
                      she'll have become a better rider by learning to ride that bouncy trot- this happened to me with my horse. He's got a horrible trot, but my leg is now super solid at the trot and my sitting trot is a million times better because of this horse's horrible trot. Plus, I always look really good when I get on other horses who are smooth by comparison!
                      Agreed - my daughter rides a TB with a super bouncy trot. Sitting trot was difficult to master, but she did it. And she likes the bouncy trot for work without stirrups - she says it helps when posting .

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by crazy gray horse View Post
                        Agreed - my daughter rides a TB with a super bouncy trot. Sitting trot was difficult to master, but she did it. And she likes the bouncy trot for work without stirrups - she says it helps when posting .
                        Agree w/ that. Trainer said to me the other day when we dropped stirrups "he's easier to ride w/o those isn't he?" My respone - YES Trainer - "well don't admit it -lol"

                        Helpful hint - when w/o stirrups posting let the inside hind leg post you up... on those w/ a REALLY big trot WAY easier.
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                        • #13
                          I agree with all the descriptions of what a good EQ horse should be. Scope, elastic step, smooth jump, metronome gaits are all vital. A comfy trot is nice as a sittrot is a frequent test.

                          That said "comfortable" is relative. The horse I jump in my lessons was descibed to me as having a terribly uncomfortable canter. I don't think so at all. I love his canter, and think it's easy to see a distance on him.
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