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?
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......
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.
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.