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post #1 of 7 Old 10-12-2011, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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How do you know if your horse has eventing potential?

This is probably a silly question for me to be asking. Well, yesterday, Bliss and I had our first lesson with an eventing coach. We are basically starting from scratch, since Bliss and I don't know how to do much (both of us have done stuff in the past, but it'll take time for our training to come back to us). So, when we showed up for our lesson, there was a jumping lesson just finishing up. And as I watched these advanced students jumping about 3' on their athletic thoroughbreds, I couldn't help but feel a little out of place with my out-of-shape draft cross.

So I guess I'm just looking for reassurance. Do you think Bliss has eventing potential? (Highest level I'll probably go is Novice (at the VERY most), and I don't expect to be ready to compete for a bunch of months.)

Here is an okay conformation shot...


And here is a recent video of us... please don't kill me! I know my position is poop! XD I definitely have a lot to work on, so I'm happy I FINALLY got to start lessons.

Thanks for taking the time to read all that, haha!
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Usually the eventers are lighter in build and often have some TB in them. I'm thinking this horse could make a nice hunter.
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There is absolutely no reason your horse could not event, as long as you BOTH want to. Lower level eventing requires very little from a horse besides the heart to do it.

That said, I will say you need to start preparing him. He is very out of shape and could go on a bit of a diet. I would start slowly in a conditioning program. It is not fair to him to expect him to gallop (well, lower level would be little more than trot) over an XC course making numerous jump efforts without some better conditioning.

I know of many draft crosses eventing. Go for it! As for your position...that's why you are taking lessons!

Those more advanced riders you saw had to start somewhere too, you know. They may have shown up at the barn looking at the riders already there, and thought the same thing you are, now.. Some day another student will show up and watch you. They will likely think that they will have trouble looking as good.
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There is no reason that golden mare of yours couldn't do some eventing! At local one day events I see big old draft horses to tiny ponies and everything in between! One girl that rides in our club events a half percheron half appy and he does great! He's built more on the perch side with just enough spots to make it fun. She has had to condition him much the way Allison suggested, and now he's unstoppable!

If you and your horse have the heart to do it, I say go for it!
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There is absolutely no reason your horse could not event, as long as you BOTH want to. Lower level eventing requires very little from a horse besides the heart to do it.

That said, I will say you need to start preparing him. He is very out of shape and could go on a bit of a diet. I would start slowly in a conditioning program. It is not fair to him to expect him to gallop (well, lower level would be little more than trot) over an XC course making numerous jump efforts without some better conditioning.

I know of many draft crosses eventing. Go for it! As for your position...that's why you are taking lessons!

Those more advanced riders you saw had to start somewhere too, you know. They may have shown up at the barn looking at the riders already there, and thought the same thing you are, now.. Some day another student will show up and watch you. They will likely think that they will have trouble looking as good.

I love reading your posts and I could not have said it better myself.

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...A very advanced maneuver.
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There is absolutely no reason your horse could not event, as long as you BOTH want to. Lower level eventing requires very little from a horse besides the heart to do it.

That said, I will say you need to start preparing him. He is very out of shape and could go on a bit of a diet. I would start slowly in a conditioning program. It is not fair to him to expect him to gallop (well, lower level would be little more than trot) over an XC course making numerous jump efforts without some better conditioning.

I know of many draft crosses eventing. Go for it! As for your position...that's why you are taking lessons!

Those more advanced riders you saw had to start somewhere too, you know. They may have shown up at the barn looking at the riders already there, and thought the same thing you are, now.. Some day another student will show up and watch you. They will likely think that they will have trouble looking as good.
Very helpful post! :) Yeah I've only had Bliss for about a month... I've been attempting to get her into shape but there's no noticeable difference yet. She wasn't worked a lot at her previous home, so with our workouts 5 days a week she hopefully will lose some weight! She is pasture kept right now with no grain or anything, so should I maybe buy her a grazing muzzle?

I would like to think Blissey has the heart to do it. She certainly has the energy, haha! But I am still kind of getting to know her, so we will see how it goes! From our experiences so far, it seems that she likes to jump AFTER she gets past the idea that the bright jump will eat her. And again, thanks so much for replying you guys!
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Like Allison said, there no reason Bliss can't event, especially since you aren't planning on going past Novice. Take the winter and get her conditioned and hone in on your dressage skills. Eventing is won and lost in the dressage arena. Plus the better your dressage, the better your jumping.

I do a lot of unrecognized events and like Wren said.... you'll see all sorts. I've seen a full Clydesdale doing Novice and something just shy of being a mini packing the cutest kid around xc. Draft crosses are very popular at the lower levels.

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