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In show hunters, a horse rider wears field boots with optional spurs, and the same is done in informal fox hunting. Learn about the subjective judging of show hunters with help from a riding instructor in this video on show hunters and fox hunting in horse riding.
Hello my name is Chelsey Sawtell, primary riding instructor at Black Fire Farm in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. And today's lesson will be Hunters. When speaking about hunters in the English discipline, one could be speaking of field hunters or fox hunting or show hunters. In show hunters, the rider wears field boots, spurs are optional; tan or khaki britches, a belt, a rat catcher shirt, a jacket of neutral color. And an approved safety helmet with harness. The horse and rider combination are the judged on turnout and movement. In fox hunting, there are both formal and informal days. It is not subjective and it's not judged but it is more of a sport. A group of people getting together riding with the hounds through fields, creeks, valleys. Sometimes on the flat, often over coups. In fox hunting in informal season, one would wear field boots with optional spurs. Tan or khaki britches, a rat catcher or stock tie, canary vest and tweed coat. Though ascots or non approved head gear is often worn, approved safety helmet with harness is always recommended. The formal attire for fox hunting is not much different then informal. The jacket from tweed is changed to black wool. This is an opportunity for members of the hunt to wear their colors have they earned them. Often patent leather tops to boots are often worn to offset the outfit. During fox hunting foxes are not always involved. Often one never hits, it is more the spirit of the hunt then the actual hunt itself. In conclusion, when talking about hunters one could be talking about field hunters or hunter class hunter under saddle. The main difference between the 2 is that one is subjectively judged and one is a sport.
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