Hunt Seat Arena 360

Hunt Seat Arena 360


DUNN: Hi, my name is Erin Dunn. I’m the director of the
Hunt Seat riding program here at Morrisville
State College. In our outdoor arena
today are sophomores, juniors, and seniors riding
their assigned horses and working on elements
that we’ve worked on in lessons throughout the week. Each student takes
two lessons a week, one flat and one over fences. Each rider is
assigned two horses to ride a day, they’re
also responsible for any leg care, wound care, medications that
their horses are on. Right now these
students are practicing a small course that
we have set up for them to get ready for a horse
show this coming weekend. Our students help my
assistant, Erin Goodney, and I to manage our facility. We have a 50 horse barn, so any type of care each
individual horse needs, our students are right
there to help us with that. It also takes a team to manage that large of a herd
and our facilities. So students are working
on turnout, stalls, laundry, making sure our
barn is spotless everyday, horses are cared for and clean. In our arena today
we have horses that have a wide
range of abilities. The gray mare that
you’ll see here jumping is more of a jumper type, more up an upper level horse. The bay who is a little
bit more of a hunter ride, a little bit of a softer feel. We also have horses
in the arena right now that are mainly some
more trot, walk, canter horses for our beginner students and those students
that are learning how to jump, and
we have some horses out in this ring that
have come off the circuit, have a lovely
resume behind them, and now they’re here
to teach our students. We like to run our program
to industry standards. So when our students are here, they’re getting a feel for
how any professional facility in the industry is being run. So when it comes down
to their internships and job possibilities,
they know what to expect. One thing that I really love
most about this program, with the amount of
horses and students that we have here,
between the faculty and the staff and the students, it takes all of us
to work as a team and to manage them. So all of our students are
very hands on students. They love being out in the barn and being a part of
whatever’s going on whether it be working
with the farrier, working with the veterinarian, a chiropractor, our dentist, anything like that,
so it’s really nice to be able to work right
along side your students to keep your horses
comfortable, happy, and able to perform.

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