Back story: I've been riding hunters on and off for many years (around ten? Gosh I feel old) but I am currently working at an eventing farm as a stable hand and I am really interested in trying to make the switch from hunters to eventers. The only thing is I am not in a position to have my own horse right now and this barn does not keep lesson horses. The BO has graciously offered to let me ride her two arabians and possibly even sell me one at the end of the summer.
So here are my questions:
1) I am 5'7" and 125lbs, am I too tall/too heavy for a little arabian? I know I would be okay for flatwork but I've never really jumped anything under 15.3 so I'm just curious about balance. I'm worried about looking too big and clumsy.
2) Do you think an arabian can be an eventer? I don't really know much about the breed, other than the fact that they seem to excel at endurance. I never really see arabians at hunter shows either. From what I've read they can have a funny jump because of their short backs but maybe this doesnt matter in eventing?
If you can help with some insight on any of this, it would be greatly appreciated!! I'm so excited to join the world of eventing!