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    01-11-2012, 08:24 PM
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Green Broke
From dressage to eventing?

I have been riding dressage for a few years now, and I have finally decided its not what I want to do. I am riding 3rd level dressage. I used to jump when I was around 10 or 11. I have always wanted to get into eventing though! So I have a few questions!

What will I need for the cross country/ jumping portion of it?
I have all the dressage stuff, and I know this is going to be expensive, so for those of you that have switched... how much do you think it costs in general to switch over? I have a feeling it will be a lot,haha but everything in riding is a lot, and I'm not planning on getting everything all at once.
Any tips or anything on looking for a horse?
What should I look for in a trainer/barn?
Can I use the same saddle for cross country and jumping??
if anyone has any idea or tips for saving money that would be great, haha I don't want to cheap out on the important things, but the little things would be great. And any advice is always welcome!
Its not a for sure thing, I just have been thinking about it for a long long time and so I thought I should start asking questions!! Haha thanks :)
     
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    01-11-2012, 08:44 PM
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Originally Posted by ridergirl23    
I have been riding dressage for a few years now, and I have finally decided its not what I want to do. I am riding 3rd level dressage. I used to jump when I was around 10 or 11. I have always wanted to get into eventing though! So I have a few questions!
Welcome to the dark side!!!


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What will I need for the cross country/ jumping portion of it?
I have all the dressage stuff, and I know this is going to be expensive, so for those of you that have switched... how much do you think it costs in general to switch over? I have a feeling it will be a lot,haha but everything in riding is a lot, and I'm not planning on getting everything all at once.
Saddle must be good quality ans solid. XC puts a lot of stress on a saddle, so don't get a cheap one.

A sturdy breastplate. The five point breast plate are the most secure.

A body protector

If you plan to compete, you must get a medical card armband

GOOD quality helmet

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Any tips or anything on looking for a horse?
As a new eventer, I would advise getting a horse who has already been eventing a while. Two greenies makes for a tough learning environment for you.

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what should I look for in a trainer/barn?
Visit all the eventing barns in your area and meet all the folks there. Ask to watch a couple of lessons and see if you like the instructor. THAT is an important factor!!

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can I use the same saddle for cross country and jumping??
Yes. If you get to the higher levels, you may want a more specialized saddle for the different jumping phases, but at the lower levels (prelim and below) one jumping saddle is fine.

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if anyone has any idea or tips for saving money that would be great, haha I don't want to cheap out on the important things, but the little things would be great. And any advice is always welcome!
Buy good used tack. Get a saddler who will let you demo and who will fit the saddle to your horse.

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its not a for sure thing, I just have been thinking about it for a long long time and so I thought I should start asking questions!! Haha thanks :)
asking questions is a great way to start. Once you try eventing, you will be totally hooked. I'll lay a bet on that one! And, don't forget to get photos of everything you do so we can watch your progress!
     
    01-12-2012, 01:13 AM
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Green Broke
Thanks so much allison!! I am going to try to find a barn to take a few lessons at and everything. :) I'm excited, the thought of eventing has always gotten me excited... and now I'm finally doing something about it!
     

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