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    02-25-2009, 03:15 AM
Question Eventing

OK I have this problem. This is going to make me sound really novice like but I have been riding for many years and I have only ridden western, I only know those rules and things. My question is: what are the breed rules for showing ( dressage show jumping)
I am about to adopt a retired race horse and I own an un-papered 17 yr old arabian/quarter horse, is it a special thing to only have pure bred horses or what and is a retired race horse ok for eventing?
Yes yes I kno hard to train but I have trained mustangs...i think ill be ok.
Thanks for helping and well hi! Lol
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    02-25-2009, 04:28 AM
Yes, many ex racers go on to be fantastic performance horses. I don't know the details on registering performance horses in America, but you don't have to have breed papers.
    02-25-2009, 07:44 AM
In Eventing, there is not a specific breed you have to show on. My horse a retired race horse and he is making a great eventing horse so far.

They don't have to be purebreds, some of the best eventing horses are grade horses or mixed breeds. Take Theodore O' Connor. He was a great eventing pony who competed at the 4* level and is a mix of 3 to 4 different breeds.

Have fun,
Eventing is a blast :)
    02-25-2009, 10:19 AM
Green Broke
Any horse is perfect for eventing, but they have to have one thing and one thing only: HEART! Our horses love to do what they do and want to go out there and win it. As for a purebred, the horses at out eventing stable consist of: 2 QHs, 2 TBs(one OTTB), a paint pony(mix bred), a conemara pony, 2 mix bred ponies, and a welshXpaint! You will see every size, color, breed, at an event. My friend only events of horses 17HH+! I have seen paints, appys, fresians, TBs, QHs, arabs, ponies, EVERYTHING! Just go out there and have fun, but do get a certified eventing trainer. They know what they are doing!
    02-25-2009, 11:59 AM
Any breed can do low levels of eventing. It is when you get to mid and higher levels where the breed and conformation plays a huge part in longevity of your horse and how well you do.

There are no breed requirements for Eventing - just knowledge on what level to quit at, before your horse breaks down.
    02-25-2009, 12:25 PM
Green Broke
True, but sometimes breed and ight don't play any part in it all all. IE Teddy! RIP our little brave heart!
    02-25-2009, 12:27 PM
He had the right conformation, due to educated breeders. Just because Teddy O'Connor was able to do what he did, doesn't mean all mixed breeds can - doesn't mean all TB's can or all Irish Sports can.

It all depends on how well they were bred.

Heck, there are a few QH's in mid to upper level eventing - but only because they were bred correctly with the right conformation.

Eventing is a very demanding sport, and you cannot have a horse with weak to ok conformation - because they will break down.
    02-25-2009, 12:35 PM
Green Broke
Very true! I didn't say anything about his confo though, just that hight doesn't matter as long as the horse has heart.
    02-25-2009, 07:03 PM

Thanks a bunch...i was so worried that I was going to have to get a pure bred...which is expensive. I really do appreciate ur help guys!!!
So I don't have to have a pure bred just one that can take the eventing...cool that's something I will have to look at when adopting...
One more question...hehe sry
What would be a good place to adopt...just curious to if there are any out there in need of adoption...
Thanks a ton really...
    02-25-2009, 07:06 PM
one more question

Jeez im out of it today
Um what are the costs of eventing...is it horribly expensive or just ok...i know western isnt that expensive but im jsut curious...
Any one know of a good trainer for eventing too?

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