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Ask the Judge: low height divisions, equitation over fences and more

How do you feel about so many low height divisions offered in the hunters today? These classes are hard to judge, as the low height of the fences doesn’t encourage good jumping. The horses just step over the fences, jumping flat and inverted, so it doesn’t really end up being a jumping contest, which is what the hunters are all about. What it comes down to at these low heights is the smoothest, most even round. I don’t love judging this way, but sadly that is the way it is these days, as those divisions are in demand and attract a large number of entries. What do you consider a more serious fault: hitting or rubbing a jump in front or behind, or having a rail down in front or behind? Let’s go to the hunt field to answer that question. If your horse were to hit a jump hard…

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