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    04-28-2009, 11:49 PM
Percheron Eventing?

Percheron Horse For Sale, Florida, Bushnell

I am considering buying this horse. I am looking for an eventing prospect, and I LOVE biiiiiiiiiiig horses. He sure fits the bill. But I haven't seem many percherons eventing, or jumping at all for that matter..... any thoughts?
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    04-28-2009, 11:53 PM
Oh wow, I love him.
I don't know much about eventing, but I don't see why he couldn't do low levels.
I'm sure you'll have more insightful replies but I just had to comment. He has such a pretty face.
    04-29-2009, 12:00 AM
Isn't he gorgeous? I love his face. He looks soooooo sweet!
    04-29-2009, 12:07 AM
Well - I am not highly educated on drafts and conformation and all that, but I do believe any breed of horse can do any low level activity.

On that note - I would be very hesitant to buy a draft especially for Eventing. They are bred to be work horses, pulling horses and therefore their conformation is meant for that.

Even though I see drafts jumping, that doesn't mean they should be. In my opinion.

I think they would be more suceptable to breaking down before they should be due to what they are built for.
    04-29-2009, 12:17 AM
MIEventer, thank you for the constructive criticism. What you are saying makes a lot of sense. I am still going to take a look at him and give him a shot, and maybe he will take me through the low levels, and then I can buy my upper level horse in a few years......
    04-29-2009, 12:17 AM
I agree with MIEventer, he could do it, but if you are wanting to move up, I would suggest getting a draft cross, or a breed that is built for jumping.
    04-29-2009, 12:42 AM
If the horse is full Percheron, I would be inclined to say 'no', Eventing would not be his game.
If this horse is a PerchX, which he appears to be in the picture with the thinner neck, then they can make competitive Eventers at the lower levels.
I was training my Perch/TB for BN before I was injured.
He had exceptional confirmation and jumped the moon, a bit lazy, but opened up cross country. Love the draft-crosses and there are some really nice ones out there.
    04-29-2009, 08:45 AM
He more then likely could make a good eventer, however like other said he would be a low level eventer. If you want to move up the levels with him I would say no, but if you want to use him as a low level horse he could surely do it.

As far as drafts an eventing, they are not built for it, but they can easily do it with the right training and conditioning given they have the conformation to jump. No down the road you might see he could excel at higher jumps while that may be true with his heavy build he will just not be able to make the time in the higher levels.

In my area we have some nice full drafts that are eventing in the low levels and they are doing nicely. There is no reason a full draft could not do the low levels.

Good luck - he is cute!!!
    04-29-2009, 10:36 AM
Check out this blog!
The Eventing Percheron

This should give you some great insight on Percherons and eventing.

    04-29-2009, 10:46 AM
Thanks guys!

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