Friday, February 19, 2016

Equitation perspective

Here's the thing about equitation: It only really matters in equitation classes. 
Of course it's always better to ride with good form, but if a hunter moves and jumps well enough...
he can still win a hunter class...
with his rider leaning way up on his neck.
The same is true in the jumper ring.
The horse with the fastest clean round is going to win, provided his rider stays on board.
No one has ever lost a jumper class because their toes were pointed at the ground. 
It just doesn't work that way.
There aren't a lot of equitation classes at model horse shows, so how important is doll equitation?
My thoughts are this: Equitation matters. Dolls should be able to ride their horses in a manner appropriate to the level and style of the entry being depicted. Furthermore, they should appear to be working with their mounts to produce a winning performance. Form faults severe enough to hinder the horse should and will be penalized. However, it's unrealistic to expect or demand perfect doll equitation in classes where equitation is not judged.
In other words, your doll doesn't need to be an equitation super star. S/he does need to be a capable, competent rider who's taken more than a few riding lessons.
Classes begin in the next installment of this series.


  1. This is a very important series! I look forward to the rest of it :)

  2. This is such a helpful post! I can't wait to read the rest of the series. :)

  3. EXACTLY AMEN JEN! you want your dolls to look nice and not interfering with the horse's performance, but just like in the real world, the rider is not what is being judged! They just can NOT be distracting to the picture the horse is putting forth.
    The bite on the right thing drives me nuts, that is NOT A RULE ANYWHERE!!!!!!

  4. I'm sure this series is going to be amazing! What a perfect beginning!

    P.S. What is the adorable liver chestnut's name? (second to last picture). Such a beautiful color!

    1. That's Balthazar. He looks liver in the photo, but he's really a bay mule (Linda Lima mule resin).

  5. I don't see Snickers as a lesson pony... ;)
    Love the article!

    1. The real Snickers was a camp pony. She taught many, many children how to ride!

  6. This sounds like it's going to be an eye opener for a lot of judges. Drives a lot of people crazy when their horse pins lower because the rider doll doesn't have its heels down. I can understand with all things being equal it has to come down to the process of elimination, but it IS the horse performing the proper action for the set up that is supposed to be judged. But then again, if I take the time to make my riders sit as perfectly as possible and then someone else's set up places over mine with obvious issues, I guess I'd be rather upset. Perhaps it's simply the way things have progressed and the frame of mind we use concerning the dolls in the picture.