Embarking on a new adventure and I have a young horse (6.5 months old) who I intend to show on the line. I’m curious for recommendations on good books or other resources for what to work with/teach the young future hunter. Most of what I am finding seems to be more Western/natural horsemanship oriented and while I am sure there are a lot of good fundamentals there, I am also interested on things specific to hunter breedings classes-- like how to teach the horse to stand most advantageously for judging etc. Something with exercises to work through would be excellent! Recommendations appreciated!
I don’t have any good books, but are there any close line shows that you could go to and speak with some of the handlers? They may be able to give you some tips or point you in the right direction. Not sure if you have any close in hand clinics or you can ask some breed registries if they hold any? We just had a local one that explained the judges point of view (what they were looking for), how to feed your animal for the line and what to do or not to do when in the show ring. It was a great learning experience for the younger kids as line showing seems to be less popular and I see so many kids (and adults) struggle in the ring.
I’ve been showing line horses and ponies for 20 years now and was lucky to be taught by my husband and in laws who have been showing for 50 + years. I also have an up and coming 6 month old Sport Horse (hunter) that I will be bringing out next year to line shows, along with a 3 year old and a 13 year old. I love bringing the young ones out to get used to show life I haven’t shown a horse in many years, its been ponies for the past 18 or so!
Have fun with your young one