I have always dreamed of doing eventing. I've been thinking that it might be time that I get started. But I am having a bit of trouble trying to figure out where to start.
I want to do novice (which is 2'6" right?), but I don't know if I should start at beginner novice (which I believe is 2'?). Elementary would be ridiculous in that Jake drops his feet over smaller jumps and either knocks them down or trips over it, and rushes. Something a little bigger keeps his focus.
BTW I am looking at small clinics and possibly USEA.
1) The Horse - First of all I have the horse. Jake is a fearless jumper and though he is older, he is very sound and jumps easily over 3". When I was younger I used to jump anything that was on our property, ditches, logs, bushes, trash cans....If I could get my hands on it we jumped it. Jake never hesitated for those, and he never hesitates for regular jumps, of any type. Now the thing I worry about though is the stamina needed for xc. He is a stocky something or other. The best guess is quarter horse, so he would not be able to hand gallop a course, but overall I'm not to worried about competing. It just looks fun. I'm willing to try and build his stamina more, but its just not up there. At the lower levels that I want to do, will they have shorter courses? Some I have seen while doing my research can be up to 10 minutes long 0.0 No way Jake would be able to jump that many jumps and canter/gallop the whole way (he would try for me....but for health reasons I wouldn't want to let him). Plus it doesn't help how hot he can be and the first few events we may go to he will spend all of his energy fighting me. Is it something I should be concerned about?
2) The Tack - What do I need? I have a bit of money coming in when a horse I consigned gets sold (I get half and the horse is being offered at 12000). But I also want to put most of that into the bank. So I want to say that I will have around 1500 to spend on new tack/show clothing.
-I need a saddle (any suggestions? Looking for something I can do jumpers and event in for under $800, if possible) as mine is on its last legs with tears and it doesn't fit Jake overall. (Do I need a dressage saddle or can I event in something universal?)
-I have a plain snaffle leather bridle, with a D-ring snaffle.
-I would need a breast plate cause everything slides back on Jake, whats okay, not okay?
-What about pads?
-Bell boots I almost always use while riding (he clips himself at a trot and canter). Would this be okay in the dressage portion? Bell boots and splint boots are a must for jumping. Is there a specific type I'm supposed to have?
3) The Clothing
-I have nothing, so suggest away. I have the helmet lol, that's it though. Need the vest, clothing and boots.
What else should I know? I don't have tons of money to spend on constant lessons but I am trying to find clinics to start me out. My horse is hot with only show experience in barrel racing and Gymkhana and I am concerned over the showing, especially dressage. I hope no one would mind my horse possibly having a mental break down at the first show, rearing, cantering in place and throwing his body around (his personality is great that this would probably happen once and get much better after the first one).