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Hunter Seat Equitation by: George Morris

Updated on October 9, 2014

"Hunt Seat Equitation" A masterpiece written by; George H. Morris

When it comes to Equitation, If I could only choose one book. I'd have to give "Hunt Seat Equitation" by: George H. Morris my vote. Another great book by George H. Morris is "Teach Beginners to Ride".

If you are a serious rider the basics should be the foundation of everything you do on and around horses. A beginner might be able to get by without keeping their heels down, but in order to advance and be successful you will need to make the basics second nature.

"Morris rode on eight winning Nations Cup teams between 1958 and 1960.[2] He went on to train numerous riders at his Hunterdon stables in New Jersey, who consistently have won in competitions on the East Coast." -source: wikipedia

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George H. Morris Rides a "Hot" Horse

The Foundation of World Class Equitation .... "The Basics"

During a time in life when many of us would be sitting on our rocking horses and stairing off into the sunset George H. Morris is as active as ever. Still riding, writing, teaching and by the way ... coaching the American Olympic Team and making monthly contributions to "Practical Horseman"

George H. Morris is a legendary horseman that has trained tens of thousands of riders and horses. Here are a few of his notable accomplishments.

1)1959 Team Gold Medal in the Pan American Games.

2)1960 Team Silver Rome Olympics.

3) 1958-1960 Morris rides on 8 winning Nations Cup teams.

4) Morris Students medal in 1984, 1992, 1996 1st 2005 Olypic Games.

George Morris - Grand Prix of Aachen - Night Owl - 1960

George Morris - Grand Prix of Aachen - Night Owl - 1960
George Morris - Grand Prix of Aachen - Night Owl - 1960

Horseback Equitation

Author: Ron Dougan

Equitation refers to classes where the rider's style is judged. In an equitation class, your horse doesn't have to be the smoothest jumper in the world, or the most elegant mover, the rider is the one being judged, and the horses' movement is irrelevant to some degree.

Equitation divisions range from beginner walk-trot through open equitation. In the flat equitation competition, riders are judged on how well they handle riding skills, such as walking, trotting, and cantering. Riders should be able to show precise handling of their horse at the walk, trot, and canter while maintaining proper equitation and control.

A knowledgeable equitation rider establishes a straight line from his/her elbow, through forearms and reins to the horses mouth. Shoulders are another common area for equitation faults. Some equitation judges will ask riders to answer questions on anatomy, tack, and equitation.

There are three types of equitation saddle seat, hunter seat, and stock seat. In hunt seat equitation, riders compete over fences and in separate classes, and at the walk, trot and canter on the flat.

Unlike the more common hunter classes, hunt seat equitation judges the rider rather than the horse. Riders will receive penalties if their horse refuses a jump. Certain fundamentals of equitation are rigidly observed in judging. In general in a hunter equitation class as long as the horse clears the fences in a jumper competition it does not matter what it looked like. Saddle seat equitation may include a pattern to be ridden, often at different gaits with several changes in direction. Stock seat equitation is a western discipline.

Jackets are required in all equitation classes, with the exception of hunter equitation classes where jackets are preferred but not required. The rider must remain on the same mount throughout all phases of an equitation class until the judge requests a change.

In equitation classes, only the rider is being judged therefore no penalty should be assessed because of the horse's conformation, color or movement. Many riders compete in specific divisions where they earn points in Equitation classes, the points count for class year end awards.

Rob Daniels has been an equestrian rider for 25 years. He has studied various disciplines additional articles are available at: Riding Stable - and Horse Stall

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Horse boredom can become a problem that manifests in many ways. It's very important to keep your friend stimulated especially if he's a single horse and has no other equine buddies to play with and when he goes out to graze you may want to take the ball out with him. Horses can become accustomed to their things, just as we do.

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What George Morris books have you read... please share your opinion.

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      6 years ago

      I have had the privilege of attending a George Morris clinic with my daughter at the rider. He is a real no nonsense - pay attention to the details kind of trainer. He does not suffer the fool and has no qualms calling it as he sees it and he sees it very clear! A master at what he does!

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      6 years ago

      Horseback Equitation is something new to me. I've ridden a few horses in my life!

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      6 years ago

      I don't believe I have read any books by George Morris, but might need to do that. Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      i have not read them but books seem to be interesting.

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      6 years ago

      Haven't yet read but this inspires me to read.

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      8 years ago

      very nice informative lens...5*... I like George Morris and his method. I used one of his book to teach huntseat to my kids, they won state wide.


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