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!!!
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
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!