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    10-14-2011, 03:06 PM
  #11
Weanling
Te-He welcome to the darkside! We have cookies and color coordination skills.

I rode hunters for years till I did a handy hunter class with my showjumper and never looked back from there.
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    10-14-2011, 03:18 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by MudPaint    
Te-He welcome to the darkside! We have cookies and color coordination skills.

I rode hunters for years till I did a handy hunter class with my showjumper and never looked back from there.

Woohoo, bring on the cookies!

As much as I love the thrill of reining & cutting horses, I'm having a blast jumping again.

Here's my Missy Moo
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    10-25-2011, 07:43 PM
  #13
Foal
I got my horse, Diesel from a QH breeder in the middle of our state because I wanted to do hunt seat with him. Once I realized that I wanted out of all that (going around and around in a dirt arena) I decided to find an eventing trainer and I figured my horse could do at least the lower levels. It took 2 years for us to get the basics down (he was 4 at the time when I started doing this) and we just started showing this past summer. I love eventing and I wish I stuck with it instead of changing my riding style years ago. Glad to be back.
     
    11-30-2011, 09:00 PM
  #14
Foal
Let's see.... I got my eventing mare about a year ago now. I was looking for a horse to show mostly jumpers and I was thinking about getting into eventing, and I had told all sorts of people I was looking for a horse. I got an email from my trainer with an attachment of a horse for free lease for two years, as the owner was going to college. I overlooked that thinking it was just another horse, and then about a month later our horses trimmer was doing my horses feet, and mentioned a mare up for free lease and it turned out to be the same horse. I got the girls number and called and emailed quite a bit before finding a time to look at her. I went to go visit her four days before her owner left for college, and she bucked her owner off- the first time she had ever fallen off of her in 8 years(or so she says).... I agreed to look at her again two days later in an indoor, I took a lesson with my trainer on her and brought her home that day. I did jumpers all winter on her and started eventing in the spring. She is an amazing mare!
     
    12-18-2011, 04:49 PM
  #15
Foal
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This is the only thing Corporal said that I truly and whole-heartedly disagree with. Don't make height a huge issue. There are MANY upper level event horses in the 15.2 hh - 15.3 hh range that have zero issues with the jumps. Overall you want an athletic horse that' clever with their feet and conformationally sound.


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^ Yup tottaly agree! Also if you are a tall rider like me (i'm 5ft8 and will probally reach 5ft10 at most), but are slim (i'm 57kg) and a light seated rider with good balance, by no means turn down a horse that ticks all the boxes apart from the fact they may be 'short' (e.g 15.2hh-15.3hh). I am deffiently not to heavy for my horse (a good way to calculate this is to take 20% of the horses body weight - this is approx how much they can carry), and although I am long in the leg, and in some angles look like a stalk on a pony, my horse never tires, never shows signs of my height being to big for him, and in fact he has a HUGE scopey jump, and slighty nutty on XC so I can wrap around him!
^ I have a little 15.3hh TB :) Height doesn't really matter, even if you LOOK big, as long as you arent heavy that is the main thing :)

Well I got my boy last year when I outgrew my little pony. The biggest thing I was looking for was a 15.3hh who had done a bit of everything. I found Harry on the NZ trading site "trademe", and he was PERFECT! Show Jumped to 1.30m, Free Jumps willingly to 1.70m, schooled in dressage, established flying changes, piaffee etc. And he was EXTREMELLY bold on XC - so bold in fact that his old owners didnt have the nerve to compete him!
That little horse jumps ANYTHING you put him at, and his style is faultless. He was originally an ex-steeplechaser but all he wanted to do was jump so his breeder sold him :)
He is absolutly perfect for me, and although I look like a William Fox-Pitt or Mark Todd on Harry on some angles, he would be to big and intimidating if he was any taller - he is perfect :)
     
    12-21-2011, 07:01 AM
  #16
Trained
I'd just retired my Standardbred (he was 7 years old) due to him falling under saddle and me feeling that it was too much of a risk to keep riding him. Long story short we think it might have been a brain tumour or maybe even a mini cardiac arrest. I thought I'd found a lovely retirement home for the lad so off I was hunting.

I wanted a showjumper around 16 hands, not Thoroughbred and not Arabian or part-Arabian, and it had to have a good soft snaffle mouth and decent flat education. I never put up any wanted ads but someone on a message board I'm a member of knew me and what I was interested in doing as a rider, and she had a horse for sale.

Her horse was a 15.1 1/2 anglo arab that had evented to B grade and trained up to 4' showjumping at home. He was also significantly older than I wanted (I was looking at horses around the 10 year old mark) and I wasn't going to be able to ride him before taking him on trial. Everything I didn't want, other than the jumping experience and flatwork education!

But, the terms of the trial were amazing, and she gave me as long as I wanted to pay him off on a payment plan, so I figured I would give him a go and see how it went. He got off the truck and my first thought was "this is my new horse".

I've had Monty for ten months now and we've had our ups and downs, he's an absolute machine cross-country and wants to just gallop the whole course, and he can be over-excitable showjumping... so when we're down we're WAY down, but when we're up we fly.
     
    12-21-2011, 02:18 PM
  #17
Started
Color coordination skillz. Lmao.

I like to get to know the horse in a roundabout way. I don't really shop around, just kind of let the right one happen upon me. I pay attention to horses at events, at barns, etc. and sort of learn the way they're ridden and see how well they go. I look at heart, ability, and I love something with a bit of fire and catty-ness. Of course I want something sound and healthy, and relitively young. Height, color, breed, appearence, etc. are not as important.
     
    12-25-2011, 07:54 PM
  #18
Weanling
I made my eventer ;) Well, it's an ongoing process haha. I got Roxy when she was 5 as a hunter prospect, started showing h/j when she was 6 and continue to do so (she's 8 now.) Last year I decided I wanted to try eventing, so I found an eventing/dressage trainer, worked my butt off to get her in an eventing midset, and we started doing low level events last spring! She can be an extremely hot horse, particularly xc, but we both absolutely love eventing!

Anywho, she's only 14.2 but we don't have any problem clearing fences and when we get to the level that we have to make time that should be piece of cake. She's from fantastic Welsh hunter lines on her sire's side, but her dam was an Appendix/Belgian which makes her nice and solid. I much prefer riding a stockier pony-type than some big TB or WB because I feel much more secure, particularly xc when you need to stay balanced. I guess that's just a matter of opinion though. I'd say it also depends how big you want to go. I'm perfectly fine with staying Novice level (not that my mom would let me go bigger anyway, unfortunately) and Roxy can certainly handle that. You don't need a monster horse to event, just one with the right heart :)
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    12-26-2011, 01:10 PM
  #19
Foal
My first eventer I got for a total steal. I worked as a groom/stable hand/trainer to be able to ride and show and was in the market for my own horse but had to be under $6,000. My trainer took me to one of her friends' farm, that was a big time eventing farm (G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S) and had me ride this horse, Harry. He was a 17.3 dark bay Irish Sporthorse. We just clicked right away and the owner told me he was $6,000. After all the paperwork was done, my trainer told me Harry was, in fact, listed at $32,000 and had someone that was going to buy him at that price if he didn't work out for me. His owner was retiring from the horse business and was just going to keep a couple of ponies for his granddaughters, and wanted his horses to go to good homes. Both Harry and I were eventing at the prelim level at that time and together we moved up to intermediate and were working towards advanced. Our goal was Rolex, that horse so could've made it also. But 7 years ago we had a bad accident that resulted in me shattering my lower back. They didn't think I'd walk, let alone ride, again so I sold Harry to a neighboring farm where he still teaches adults to event. He's 18 now and I get to visit him occasionally.

I just bought Charlie last April to be my "comeback" eventer. He's definitely not the horse I thought I was getting, but we're learning to work together and I'm building up my confidence. Our goal is to compete in the May HT here at Carolina Horse Park. Already got the jitters about that!
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    12-29-2011, 10:11 PM
  #20
Foal
I go to the Track, so many horses in so many price ranges. If you take someone with a good eye, you can can find some amazing horses there. Not only that they need a home, many organizations are working together to find homes for horses off the track to prevent them from going to slaughter. Visit Dodon Farm: Retraining Racehorses to learn more and www.canterusa.org for places near you. In a month I will be bringing my second horse from the track home and can not wait. Almost everyone who events in my area does the same.
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