Originally Posted by NaeNae87
You don't really need that much stuff to event.
In lower levels you can get away with doing all 3 phases in an All Purpose saddle. Your bridle does not have to be super expensive either.
You can use short boots and leather chaps in all 3 phases.
Before I moved my gelding up a grade, he did Show Jumping and Cross Country in Open Front and fetlock boots.
Essentials would be;
- White saddle blanket (for dressage, but you can use it for all 3 phases if you want, if not another saddle blanket is needed)
- boots for your horse (not super essential for lower levels)
- Number holder for bridle or saddle blanket.
*note all this is needed for xc anyway)
- Boots and leather chaps
- show shirt (can be a cheap collared shirt)
- Stock or Tie (men's ties can be purchased very cheaply)
- Show jacket (2nd hand ones can be picked up quite cheaply on facebook or ebay)
- cross country shirt (can be short of long sleeved depending on your governing body, and can be bought cheaply from target or similar shops)
- number holder
- body protector
- medical armband
Most of that is needed for cross country too. I think the only things not needed for xc are the chow jacket, show shirt and stock or tie.
If you have all that's needed for xc, then you don't need all that much extra to do dressage and sj.
Yes and no. I would NOT use an all purpose saddle. Use a jumping saddle. You do NOT need a number holder of any kind. You can wear any old t-shirt for XC. Tall boots mean no chaps are needed.
As for the horse, you can event on almost any horse at the lower levels. I know of one $600 auction horse who competed at the Olympics, and I know a Menonite cart horse of unknown age who competed to the CCI*** Long Format level. Slaughter bound horses and freebie mixes, PMU horses and the rejects of other sports, anything sound enough that qualifies as equine can compete. If it will do the job and try for you, it can event and even be competitive.