Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I've never evented but in 27 years I've logged so many miles on trails and at CW events, and places that were strange to my horses that I'd recommend a horse that you can control. (I also owned an OTTB who could sail over 4 ft. Jumps, and I DO know how to jump.) You need to know how it feels to have a horse that listens to you cross-country and in the stadium, EVEN IF that horse is often the slowest, or pulls rails sometimes. As a beginner, you might take on a fractious horse to learn how to retrain on the flat during the off-season, but don't start with one. If you do, you'll get refusals, and maybe get thrown. When I broke my arm from being thrown in May, 2004, I blew my entire riding season that year.
IMO, Look for the horse that everybody else finds "boring" and learn from him/her.