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

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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.”


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