In the Magazine: For Hunter/Jumpers vs. Eventers, Size Matters

Excerpt from the February issue of Heels Down Magazine:

By Caroline Culbertson
Conformation and size of stride can make a horse more suitable for certain disciplines.

Step onto Bobby and Danica Meyerhoff’s Eight Bells Farm in Statesville, N.C., and you’ll see horses of all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. That’s because Bobby is a CCI4* level eventer, while Danica is an international grand prix show jumper who also coaches and competes in the hunters. Between the two of them, they’ve ridden and developed rhythmical, slow-strided show hunter types, to fast, quick-footed eventers – and everything in between.

They also start and bring along young horses, guiding three-, four- and five-year-olds through those first pivotal years of training, when the horse begins to funnel into a certain discipline. Choosing whether a horse will become a show jumper, hunter, or an eventer comes down to three factors, they say: personality, conformation, and natural stride.

Read the full article and much more in the February issue. Download the Heels Down Magazine app in the iTunes AppStore: or Google Play for Android phones and tablets: Subscribe for a year and get two months free!

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