Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
Definitely try out as many horses as you can. For beginning eventing, the more level headed the horse, the better. Hot headed + eventing = BAD.
bahaha, I worked for a guy for a week who has a VERY hot-headed event horse... that thing was insane, I swear.... but very very talented, a Pre-Nov horse at age 6 (PN is Aus's last eventing level before 1*) and would easily be competing higher if he wasn't such a pest on the flat. He rears, he's cold-backed... he's half-insane to handle on the ground, and he rears in the cross-ties... Not all eventing horses are quiet! Quiet ones ARE usually better for eventing, but it really depends on the rider, what they can handle, and what personality of horse they get along with best.
That being said my horse is an eventer, and he's very quiet - almost TOO dead-headed for me. The most challenge I've had in a long time with him was just yesterday when he got over-excited jumping and threw in a HUGE buck and then took off around the arena... I complain about it but really without the challenges I get bored!
The quiet ones are great for heavily wooded XC courses, though, especially here in Aus where a kangaroo could leap out at any time! Roos don't bother my lad but sideways steps coming into fences are counted as refusals by some jump judges and the last thing you want is for your horse to shy and throw you off your line!