Okay this question primarily applies to a Hunter Pace, but the same organization that puts these on also regularly invites attendees to open hunts throughout the season. How fit does a horse need to be for a hunter pace, and or as a guest during a hunt?
Currently the horse that would be used is ridden 4 times a week, when it’s not soaking wet outside (two and half weeks straight of rain here in Florida, and we’re swimming at this point).
She has just gotten to the point in her training that she is able to withstand 4 30-45 minute workouts a week, but they aren’t super intensive, and she jumps rarely at this point.
I have been told there are “slow” options and also ride-arounds for all jumps.
My main concern is the person I’d be going with hasn’t ridden her horse since July due to him being injured. What is the likelihood of even getting him fit enough to do a single pace this season? We were looking for a January pace date, but I don’t think he’ll be ready, heck, I don’t even know for sure that mine will be ready.
Please note this is all SUPER new and just an interesting new endeavor to challenge myself and my horse with. I know VERY little about hunting or hunter paces, but would like to learn, so go easy on me.