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post #11 of 32 Old 07-18-2010, 09:59 PM
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TB, Dutch Warmblood, or Trakhener are great breeds for eventing...TBs like everybody has said previously, and Dutch Warmbloods and Trakheners seem to just be well-suited to eventing in the warmblood world. They're both a little lighter than many other warmbloods, quick in action and brain, extremely athletic, and bold, plus with movement for dressage. We have one horse whose breed seems to be unique to him, although I don't know why because he is a fabulous eventer...he's an Anglo-Arabian/Oldenburg. He gets bone density and a sound mind from the Oldb side, plus quickness and stamina from the Anglo-Arab. He is a great mover and very bold, which I think comes from both. :)

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post #12 of 32 Old 07-18-2010, 10:10 PM
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When I was looking for an eventer, I always always always always made sure they have clean legs, injury- and conformation- wise. I also looked at mostly horses over 16hh.
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post #13 of 32 Old 07-18-2010, 10:16 PM
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Is height relevant to jumping ability? We are looking for an eventer horse right now, and we are looking in the 16hh+ range too, but only because I am 5'6" with long legs.

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post #14 of 32 Old 07-18-2010, 10:17 PM
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a good size for an eventer is about 15.3-16.2hh

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post #15 of 32 Old 07-18-2010, 10:23 PM
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Why is that? Teddy O-Connor was 14.1 and he never had any issues against the bigger horses. I know he was exceptional, but why exactly does height matter?

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post #16 of 32 Old 07-18-2010, 11:31 PM
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teddy oconnor was bred specifically for eventing for one thing. Many small horses & ponies just don't have the scope to jump that big or are not fast enough to make times. When you are galloping over big solid fences you want a horse that you KNOW can jump the fences with no issue, you don't want to have to worry that your pony is going to barely scrape over it. Also a lot of upper level riders are too big for ponies.

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My Appendix is 16.3 hh and he's doing really well in eventing. He watches his feet though and doesnt get clumsy as some of the bigger horses might. He puts his heart into it and jumps anything you ask of him

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post #18 of 32 Old 07-19-2010, 03:00 PM
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yeah, that makes sense...can a horse be too big to be a good eventer? You said up to about 16.2hh...I know of some bigger eventers, like Gina Miles' McKinleigh (he's like 17.3), but can some be too big to event well?

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post #19 of 32 Old 07-19-2010, 03:05 PM
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bigger horses can be good eventers, but horses that are that big often break down faster. That is not to say they can't do it or they all break down, every horse is different.

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post #20 of 32 Old 07-19-2010, 03:12 PM
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Yeah...sounds like you know what you're talking about. :) That makes sense too. Are you an eventer Gypsygirl?

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