A breed for eventing/ all around horse?

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    07-10-2013, 11:07 PM
A breed for eventing/ all around horse?

I'm looking into buying a horse in the next few years, and have a lot of interest in eventing. Don't worry, I will be more focused on temperament rather than breed when I actually go horse hunting, but there's no harm in narrowing my search down a little bit. Anyway, once I get past cantering issues, I am hoping to get into eventing, and especially XC, however I don't have the money to get a WB, and am a little concerned with the temperament of a TB (Not that I won't stay open minded towards either). I also have experience in Western, and because my area is much more Western oriented, it is much easier to get into a Western show/ event than English. I love paints and QHs for the most part however if I am going into XC, I know that many quarter horses don't have much stamina. Is this also true with paints, especially if it was a paint with a large amount of TB blood? I am open to any breed of horse from 14 - 17+ hh, even ponies (I kind of have a weird obsession with haflingers atm.) Anway, I am just looking for suggestions on breeds of horses that can do great at eventing and won't get funny looks in the Western ring. (If I go Western as well I really like reining, so all around horses are great here.) Thanks!
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    07-11-2013, 01:01 AM
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You could always look for an Appendix QH, or a Paintbred (with TB). You probably wouldn't get to high levels, but as a low level allrounder they should be fine. Then you could probably use them more easily for western too. I've even seen full QHs compete in low level eventing fairly well, depending on type.
    07-11-2013, 01:33 AM
TB's can be great eventing prospects, and not all of their temperaments are bad/negative. There is quite a few members here with TB's or TB crosses that compete in eventing. I wouldn't cross them off just yet. Obviously you need to get the right conformation and temperament in any breed you purchase, I wouldn't ignore any breeds just yet (unless they are completely unsuitable).
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    07-11-2013, 02:09 PM
Originally Posted by Becca93    
TB's can be great eventing prospects, and not all of their temperaments are bad/negative. There is quite a few members here with TB's or TB crosses that compete in eventing. I wouldn't cross them off just yet. Obviously you need to get the right conformation and temperament in any breed you purchase, I wouldn't ignore any breeds just yet (unless they are completely unsuitable).
Agreed. I have an 8 year old Thoroughbred gelding who is retired from racing. He came off of the track this March and I adopted him (for free) from TPR in May. He's more quiet on the ground and under saddle than any horse i've ever been on before (and we're talking 20+ years riding ladies and gentlemen).

It all depends on the individual horse and the riders confidence. Certainly do your homework (which it seems you're doing an excellent job as thus-far) and shop around. Like I said, I adopted my guy and it didn't cost me a dime and he's a major eventing prospect for me right now.

Good luck
    07-11-2013, 02:13 PM
My first horse was a TB, got him when I was 10 and he hadn't been ridden in 6 months. He was calmer than a few QH I've known. So I wouldn't cross them off. I even took him chasing cows and did everything with him, you name it we tried it.

The breeds that first come to my mind are TB or QH. They are both great breeds. But, like you said, don't limit your search to a breed. Eventing has all kinds of breeds in the lower levels.
    07-11-2013, 02:30 PM
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    07-11-2013, 03:41 PM
You definitely see a lot of TB's in eventing, and you do sometimes find ones that are super mellow, so I wouldn't rule them out just because of the reputation for being hot.

That being said, my good friend events with her Morgan and does quite well. She also drives him and did reining with him in the past. Talk about an all around horse!
    07-11-2013, 03:53 PM
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The TB tends to stand out - or a good cross that's not too heavily built. It really depends on how far up you want to go in the sport but a good TB has got what it takes to dressage, X country and show jump
X country they just have that bit of crazy courage to attack the fences, tremendous scope and the uncanny ability to get out of trouble when needed
    07-11-2013, 03:58 PM
Yup my 8 year old ottb is MUCH quieter, on ground and under saddle than my 16 year old appy. I definitely recommend a thoroughbred. Mine is an eventer, though I don't event. He's a great all around very athletic gelding. I use him for all flat work and he's just a dream I don't think you can go wrong with aTB.
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    07-11-2013, 04:47 PM
I will definitely look into thoroughbreds as a possibility. Do thoroughbreds always tend to be hard keepers, that's my only real concern if I went that direction. Also, do paints with lots of thoroughbred lineage and appendix qhs tend to have any stamina, or do they tire easily? The little paint I'm leasing can canter for about 1 minute before losing all interest and panting for the rest of our ride, but then again she comes from all qh bloodlines with no tb bloodlines. Thanks for all the replies so far everyone!

all around horse, cross country, english & western, eventing, reining

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