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Discussion in 'The Carrot Stick' started by equusteacher, Oct 12, 2008.
Here is an article from equisearch that explains it fairly well...
Here is a hunter round:
Here is a jumper round:
And to confuse you further, here is an equitation round:
That's what I was really really looking for!
This is a good jumper video.
It lets you really see just how twisty and tight the courses can be and how big the fences can get.
okay the equitation one really confuses me!
Equitation is judged soley on the rider, correct?
Equitation is judged on the rider's position, ability yo ride correctly, and their effectiveness. An equitation horse has a different jumping style than a hunter or jumper, too. They want the horses to jump flatter and smoothly as not to unseat a rider. Tightness with knees, etc., is less important.
An equitation course can look similar to a jumper course, but generally is ridden to look more like a hunter course. They will ask the riders to do different "tests." They may have to trot a fence, or halt after a fence, etc.
The top level of equitation competition for jr riders is the Maclay. If you google it, you will find tons of info and videos. It's a big deal for a rider to qualify and to win or place is even a bigger deal.
There are adult equitation classes at shows, too.
Don't know if this helps you, but this is my best explaination.