From tricky to focused
A spooky horse who is sensitive to noise can be tricky, but there are ways to get him on side. Katie Jerram-Hunnable shows you how
GOOD MANNERS, GROUNDcovering movement and a neat but bold jumping style. Whatever type of horse you ride, these are three key qualities you’ll want him to have. “I find hunters and horses of hunter type are a popular choice for many riders,” says showing star Katie Jerram-Hunnable. “They are versatile, comfortable to ride and generally not too complicated. Most shows have hunter classes so it’s not difficult to get involved, at all levels.” Today she’s working with a middleweight show hunter — a big horse who needs to have all of these qualities. He’s elegant and moves well. However, Katie explains that the six-year-old gelding can be spooky, is sensitive to noise and has a tricky mind, so he gets bored easily. If your horse sounds similar, Katie’s methods for overcoming these issues will be invaluable, regardless of breed and type.
Working with the mind
Bloomfield Arklight (aka DB2) is a quirky chap, but has the attitude and attributes to be a quality middleweight show hunter, working hunter and riding horse. “He’s well put together and is showing great potential,” says Katie. “The plan is for him to start his showing career next year. He’s not quite ready yet, but he’s been showjumping and has done a spot of dressage too. I find that with a horse like this, the more he does, the better he gets — work occupies the mind. “DB2 starts off a little sharp at first, so we never stretch him at the beginning of a schooling session. Instead, we get him moving on as soon as we can. Do the same if your horse takes a bit of settling.”