Sunday, April 22, 2007

Qualities of a good Equitation horse

Hi, everyone!
The last week or so, I was quite busy! First, my mother and I drove back to Wellington from Tampa. Once we arrived, I met with my tutors to finish my third quarter school assignments.
Then, I cleaned and packed up the apartment and drove home with my dad. After a long drive, and once again at home, it was back to riding, helping out at the barn and some additional school work.

Recently, someone asked about the characteristics of a good equitation horse and, today, this blog will attempt to give you my perspective on that question.

There are integral characteristics which define a good equitation mount. A horse's overall attractiveness and eye appeal are essential to the good picture, yet this quality is not the most important. The horse should have a large, yet adjustable stride. Ideally, the horse should be brave, very alert and have a smooth jump.

Although the horse and it's individual qualities can vary, in order to be a real "stand out" and attract the attention of many, one or more of the qualities mentioned needs to be in the above average to superior range for an individual horse to be considered a top of the line competitor.
Next time, I will give you an update on the Four Seasons Horse show.
Talk to you later!
Maria Schaub


At Mon Apr 23, 04:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria, my name is Lee and I'm from Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. I mainly just hack out with my horse I don't have the confidence to jump, sometimes I really get going and then my horse runs out and I get scared!!

At Mon Apr 23, 03:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria,
My name is Chelsea. I have a question. I know you NEVER answer back on the comments but I was wondering what your fave eq, hunter and jumper horses are and why.

Also, I have a question. What are some ways in making a horse soft when they're stiff?

I am your fan!

At Mon Apr 23, 05:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been riding for almost three years and I have only had 1 trainer the entire time. I don't want to completley switch barns, so I thought about just taking some lessons from some other local trainers but wasn't sure if trainers like that. I know you have had a hanfull of great trainers so I was wondering if you have ever done anything like that or knew another rider that did? Do you think it's a good idea, or should I just not waste my time? thanx so much!


At Wed Apr 25, 12:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Maria,I'm just starting my JR. career and loved Horsepower. I was wondering if you have Any tips?And do you ever come to Kentucky for shows? I hopeing to go to the Maclay this year but only for experience do you have any tips for this?

I'm such you a big fn
Thanks so much,

At Wed May 02, 11:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the anonymous person asking about taking lessons from another trainer, while still being at the barn with your old trainer. I did that once, it will never turn out well! Start investigating other trainers, watching their lessons, to see how they teach, decide where, get things organized, and then tell your old trainer your leaving. I know it's hard to do, but it is best to do it that way!!! Good luck to you!!!!

At Sun May 13, 04:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria, my name is Katie!!

I would just like to know from you how to get my horse to sit on his hindquaters when coming into his jumps? I have tried collecting him and driving him on but he loves jumping so much that he likes to tank with me!!!

Please Help!!


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