Horses which are considered hunters differ significantly from open hacks. Traditionally a hack was a horse which was ridden by a gentleman on his short journey from the stables to the hunt field. Once at the hunt, the gentleman would change from his hack to his hunter.

A hunter horse, therefore, should be a horse with sufficient bone and substance (without being overweight) to give the appearance of being able to carry their rider for a full day's riding over varying, and sometimes rough, terrain. The hunter should be a bold, powerful and strong workhorse comprising quality breeding and exceptional manners.

Today, hunter horses are shown either under saddle or in-hand, with ridden classes divided into either show hunter and/or working hunter classes.

Click on the following links for a full description of the features of Hunter Horses:

Judges and Competitor's Guide to the Hunter Horse: Click Here
Example of a Show Hunter Horse and Workout:

Further information can also be found on the Guidelines page of this website