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In the Hunter Under Saddle competition you are out to show how beautifully your horse can perform in different gaits: the walk, the trot and the canter. But keep your pogo stick at home, there’s no jumping at all in this event. Like Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle riders wear proper English attire.
Many riders say Hunter Under Saddle is one of the most demanding events in a horse show. To win the event, your horse must not only look great, but also move through the ring with grace and elegance at the same time as the other horses without being bothered by them. It’s kind of like when you have to take a test at school. Do not look at your neighbor’s paper!
All the riders move their horses around the arena. Judges stand in the middle of the arena and call out gait changes. All riders perform and change gaits at the same time! These judges are brave! Judges take note of a horse’s smooth gait, flowing stride and relaxed attitude.