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MrsH2010

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MrsH2010 says:

Which showing classes?

Sorry to sound dumb, but it's been over 5 years since I took part in a showing class, but I've took on a rescue, of who I'd like to start showing this year.

He's a TB, but does have a bit of bone to his legs, 16.1hh

Please can someone help clear up the difference between "Riding Horse" and "Ridden Hunter"

There's no description on the schedule, and I don't want to enter my lad into the wrong class.

Many thanks

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Which showing classes?

I think they're fairly similar, but in "Ridden Hunter" you have to do a couple of small x country type jumps.

If you have a look at wikipedia and put in ridden hunter and riding horse, they give quite good definitions !!

Good luck with him :o)

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Which showing classes?

Sorry to carry on with the hijacking  but I'd say it's a tweed jacket affair, Richard.

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: Which showing classes?

My daughter did a few little local shows with Grouse in M&M classes, the only showing I've ever experienced, as I can't say it's something that strikes me as always being a fair discipline - but each to their own.....

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man - Winston Churchill

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ShortCircuit

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ShortCircuit says:

Re: Which showing classes?

I'm no expert at showing, but I've been competing in it on and off for a year now, and in my eyes a ridden hunter would look like this http://u5uk.com/you/hethelstud/myfiles/img001.jpg

or this http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_McRvrfqEN0Q/S9JsAD6dpXI/AAAAAAAAAK8/O7tl6GrwRSU/s1600/Rob_North+of+England+Show_2.jpg.

Now, obviously a lightweight hunter is going to be finer than a heavyweight etc. It's all how much bone they have around their leg I think. A hunter is a sturdy, well built horse that you could imagine doing a full days hunting all season. Working hunters have to jump a course of fences, ridden hunters/show hunters do not have to jump.

A riding type horse would be more like this http://www.jo-bates.co.uk/horses/images/blue_rondo_2.jpg

I've never heard of a riding type having to jump. They're a lot finer than a hunter and are expected to be more 'quality' - hunter horses get away with having plain features.

Also, hunter horses are ridden in all dark, plain tack. Riding types have coloured browbands and finer tack :)

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