Hi all! So my main goal in horses is to event. I've done pre-beginner and it was loads of fun. I really want to move up levels, and my life goal is *hopefully* preliminary.
I'm wondering what age is too old for an eventer? My guy is 15 this year, and I plan to continue showing as long as he is sound. What ages have you seen eventing? I know Courageous Comet was 20-ish in the Rolex?
I'm estimating that my horse will retire at 17/18/19 hopefully at novice or training level. (My old trainer said he has the potential for training level, but I'd be happy with anyhing)
So here's my idea. I want to get a younger horse to train in the final years of his showing, so when he is retired I can compete on the younger one. I have permission from my mom to train her 4 almost 5 yr old paint gelding for eventing, which I personally think he has lower level potential. But his personality doesn't really scream "this is my thing!". I've lunged him over cross rails and free jumped him once, and he is wiling to jump, he just doesn't have heart for it. (Or he hasn't shown it)
An alternate idea is once I sell my project horse (for hopefully 500-1000$) I will try to get a deal with my parents to help finance an OTTB. I believe I am able to be part of the training process of an OTTB. There is actually 2 barns near me that specialize in retraining.