Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Saddlebred's have a high neck set that is not naturally conducive to jumping high and wide obstacles, which the OP would encounter doing 3-day events. Honestly, like I said, a sound horse CAN jump over small things when asked for. I've jumped horses that cannot jump well, and I've owned an OTTB who really COULD jump well. I got in a sloppy 2-point and we just sailed over 4 1/2' jumps. The other horses who were not scopey threw me up at the approaches and bounced me almost off on the landings.
Saddlebred's are great horses, just not for jumping oxers, coffins, in and outs and water jumps. Surprisingly there are some Standardbreds who are successful at eventing and Hunter, but, again, they do NOT have the Saddlebred neck set. I'm sorry but certain breeds excel at some sports and don't excel at others. The US Cavalry discovered that there is NO horse that Can do it all. In the 1930's they tried it and failed and that is why the Horse Cavalry was phased out in 1942.
Saddlebreds are, like TWH's, KMH's, RMH's, Foxtrotters and Pasos, bred for rider comfort. They can do things like endurance quite well, just not built for jumping.