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        09-25-2013, 12:45 AM
      #11
    Foal
    Oh, wow. Really? I thought it would be much more than that. I think I was just thinking about higher level eventing. Because they have all those fancy bridles and saddles and such. But, thanks everyone! I wish I had a horse to actually GO into eventing though.
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        09-25-2013, 12:49 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by evensteven    
    I wish I had a horse to actually GO into eventing though.
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    That's definitely the most expensive part
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        09-25-2013, 11:17 AM
      #13
    Foal
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    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;

    • Saddle
    • Bridle
    • 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
    • Helmet
    • breeches
    • 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.
         
        09-25-2013, 11:53 AM
      #14
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    Originally Posted by Thames Pirate    
    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.
    I hate jump saddles and happily use a GP.

    In the Uk we do hunter trials which is basically just cross country and also combined training which is XC and SJ. You can also do team chasing or pairs hunter trials which could be fun...but not much help if they don't exist where you are.

    I would happily do One day events on my haflinger, so pretty much anything is possible depending on the level of competition that is available to you.
         
        09-25-2013, 07:17 PM
      #15
    Foal
    The problem with an All Purpose is that it doesn't put you in the proper position for either jumping OR flatwork. It is important to have a good saddle for jumping, so get a jumping saddle--much easier to do dressage in a jump saddle than jump in a dressage saddle. The AP is not great for either. You can do great flatwork in a jump saddle though. Ask the jumpers. Further, as you moved up you would not be able to use the AP--you would get TWO new saddles for a total of three rather than just adding a dressage saddle.
         
        10-03-2013, 07:29 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I live in Arizona, and most of what we do is western stuff, rodeos and gymkhanas. All that good stuff. Not a lot of jumping, dressage or cross country. You can find it, but it's kind of hard to. I think I would start with an all purpose, or jumping saddle first. You only need a jumping saddle for both SJ and CC, right? And then a dressage saddle? Or could you use a jumping saddle for all of them? Then eventually get a dressage for higher level stuff? I already have tall boots! Yay! Do you think they would say anything about a Wintec..? That's the saddle I have..

    The thing is, I'm leasing a 17 year old Paint, who just started jumping cross rails with me yesterday. She's jumped before, but it's been a while. I think she likes it too. I would need to find a dressage trainer, maybe not, but I don't know if she could jump that high.
         
        10-03-2013, 08:30 PM
      #17
    Foal
    You can use a jumping saddle for all three phases. You can also use a Wintec--my dressage saddle is a Wintec. Nobody will notice. Try not to get caught up in the "look" or style. Go for functionality and clean and neat turnout over anything else. Heck, get a blazer at Goodwill if you can swing it.

    Spend your money on good lessons. A few lessons with a GOOD coach, whether H/J or eventing, are worth tons. You MUST have a good jumping coach or you are a wreck waiting to happen and a danger to self and horse. Any good jumping instructor will be able to improve your dressage. My H/J coach really helped my flatwork TONS. The only downside was her not knowing the rules in eventing. I did my own homework and read the rulebook, we talked about it, and then I got lessons and even ran through my dressage tests with her. So find a good jumping coach and take lessons.

    It will be awhile before you are ready for recognized competition if you are just starting crossrails, but you can find schooling shows at that level if you want.
         
        10-06-2013, 05:36 PM
      #18
    Foal
    There are hunter paces and fox hunts which you can persue. Hunter paces are similar to xc because you try to be close to opyimum time. Fox hunting is not a competition but is fun to run with the hounds and everyone else!
         
        10-06-2013, 09:34 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Thanks, Thames Pirate and everyone else, haha! I have heard of fox hunts and I think maybe hunter paces. Maybe. I would do both if I lived somewhere where they had it. Haha.
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        10-09-2013, 12:08 AM
      #20
    Foal
    I use an all purpose saddle for jumping and cross country. This is because I don't have any other choice, it was the saddle that was given to me. It fits my horse well ( and me okay), and I don't have extra cash to spend on a jump saddle (although I WISH I did). Anyways, my point is that you CAN use an AP saddle for jumping. I do use a dressage saddle (also given to me) for flat work though, I feel like the dressage saddle helps me keep my seat back. My trainer thinks I'm crazy for XC schooling in the saddle I use, but hey...whatever works, right?!

    I agree with Pirate though if you can only get one saddle, get a jump saddle. You CAN do your dressage in a jump saddle, but I wouldn't' go over anything higher than a caveletti in my dressage saddle!

    Good luck and have fun eventing if you choose to do it!
         

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