Is this mare a horse that could do eventing?

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Is this mare a horse that could do eventing?

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    • 1 Post By albertaeventer

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        05-12-2013, 01:04 PM
    Is this mare a horse that could do eventing?

    So I've started doing eventing with my gelding, and while I'm not EXACTLY in the market for a horse right now, this mare caught my eye when I saw her on facebook. I was wondering if this type/build of horse would do well in eventing, I'm just curious. I like her alot, for some reason, I just like the way she's put together.

    Apparently she's an 'American Warmblood' her sire is TB/Draft, dam is Irish I think. She is 16 hands and 5 years old

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    Again, I'm really just curious, but if the money for her fell into my lap, well... :)
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        05-12-2013, 02:08 PM
    I really like the way she moves. She looks better moving than just standing there (which is a good thing). I'd like to see her over jumps, to see if she's handy and smart with her legs. Her neck set is a little low, and her back legs are a little straight, but nothing that will inhibit her. I like her too.
        05-12-2013, 03:29 PM
    I agree that she's a pretty decent mover. I think she's cute, I think with training she could probably do quite well at least at the lower levels but I'd have to see her jump to say if she has the possibility to be competitive at anything higher than training or preliminary.

    I don't see anything glaringly wrong with her, but I'm kind of "meh" on her. Just not my type of horse, I guess.
        05-13-2013, 03:27 PM
    The majority of horses, provided they're not gaited, can do lower level eventing. You'd have to be a little more specific of what exactly you'd want to do. She looks perfectly capable of doing the lower levels from the photo, I'm not able to watch the video on this computer though. Now if you're looking for an upper level horse, it might be a stretch with the draft in there, and I would say that you could find a better candidate.

    Just depends on what you are looking for
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        05-20-2013, 08:59 PM
    Looks like it. A very well built horse.(:
        06-23-2013, 12:44 PM
    Any horse can do eventing at any level.. that is with the proper training and a CONFIDENT rider.

    This horse is built a lot like mine, who competes BN but jumps 3'3 with ease. Both this horse and my horse are kind of downhill, but front shoes and a good farrier can fix that problem for you. Also, drafts make great eventers! My horse is a paint/percheron/tb cross, with a splash of friesian (making her super flashy in the dressage ring). A lot of people are bringing draft crosses into eventing because of there mellow temperment, which makes them reliable cross country! So, if you have the money, and you're VERY interested, I say do it.. it can't hurt!

    One thing though.. Be prepared for a heavy headset. Drafts and draft crosses have some of the strongest necks, and without the right bit they will tear your arms out of your sockets. This is my problem right now lol

    Here's a picture of my lady moving

        06-23-2013, 02:37 PM
    I disagree, Nelbell. Not every horse can event at every level even with the best of training. Some simply meet their limit. I mean, I would agree that most can do the first few levels, but some of them simply cannot jump high enough, move fast enough, or move prettily enough to do the upper levels. It's not fair to the horse and it's not fair to you to make a horse that has a limit jump past its limit.
        06-23-2013, 02:40 PM
    OP, I heard it from Jim Wofford himself that Thoroughbreds make some of the best upper level eventers because of their stamina, speed, and athleticism.

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