I'm currently checking out four year colleges to transfer into from my community college I'm currently attending. My dream college is across the state, and I'm on track to transfer in!!! My biggest worry, is my six year old Tennessee Walking Horse, Sawyer. I really don't know what I will do if I have to leave him behind, but my parents are convinced that with college and a job, I won't have time to keep him. I'm currently pulling 18+ units at my community college, working full time (30+hours a week here) and riding both mine and my mom's horses. I think I can handle it there with not as many units and not working full time.
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In my research, I discovered that this college has an equestrian team, SCORE! One small issue is, my horse and I have never evented in our life. Luckily, for this team, eventing is not necessary. You must take 1-2 (depending on the discipline) lessons a week and attend all of your discipline's shows, but can chose not to compete.
My other issue is, I don't know if a gaited horse can participate in the specific events that this team does. This team only does Hunt Seat Equitition, Western Horsemanship, and Eventing.
Since I am not comfortable riding one handed due to an English background, I would only be able to possibly do Hunt Seat or Eventing. I don't know, however, if either one of those can be competed, or even trained for, without a trot. I would prefer to do eventing, as you get to use your own horse for the shows, and in the Hunt Seat you are provided with a horse you haven't trained on.
My top pick is definitely eventing, as I have been interested in doing gaited dressage on Sawyer, and I used to jump, but I don't know if eventing would even be an option on a gaited horse.
Does anyone have any advice, words or wisdom, or even personal stories of eventing on a gaited horse? Thank you!