Tack requirements for this class are simple--the horse must wear a halter and lead. Most of the competitors used a Western style show halter with silver plates.
However, a few horses wore plain leather halters,
Arabian style show halters,
or nylon halters.
No matter what type of halter, nearly every competitor used a flat leather lead shank, with or without a chain.
Although not required, a lot of the hunters are shown with braids.
Rather than hunt coats, tall boots and breeches, handlers wore Western type showmanship outfits minus the Western hat...
and in most cases, the cowboy boots. Miniature horse hunter classes involve a lot of running so comfortable shoes are a must!
Classes are divided by the handler's age and experience. At the Rocky Mountain Classic Show held last week in Estes Park, Colorado there was an Amateur Hunter class,
an Open class,
and two separate Youth classes.
Miniature horse hunter courses include a minimum of four and a maximum of six fences. Fences range from twelve to twenty four inches in height and five to six feet in width. All jumps must include a ground line and standards can be no higher than forty inches. Most of the hunter jumps at the Rocky Mountain Classic looked like this:
Additionally, there was a green roll top...
and a brick wall.
Also worth noting--striped poles are not a problem for miniature hunters. They'll jump anything!
Up next--miniature horse hunters on course!