Hey all. I've been thinking, that by the spring I want to be 'in' a certain discipline. I feel like my riding is metaphorically 'all over the place' and I'd like to focus on one thing. But I don't know what my horse is suited for. Hers some background for those who haven't heard me drone on about him: Oliver is 5 years old, Thoroughbred, Pretty fit physically though could use a tad more weight, is barefoot, and right now is in light-moderate work. Feel free to move this thread if it isn't in the correct place, but here's a few pictures although they aren't great. I'll get more tomorrow. I ride both English/Western, too. Thanks!
I look at him and I see eventing written all over him.
His long cannons will mean you would have to condition him VERY carefully and that upright shoulder and straight stifle combined with slightly sickled hocks may limit his scope a little but otherwise he is a very nice potential eventing horse.
He reminds me of my old boy actually. Monty's 18 now and mostly retired but he was a very good event horse in his day and pretty decent jumper up until fairly recently:
Apologies for quality, it's a video still, and was taken with my old phone which took bad quality video. He did knock the front pole that time but had cleared it the time before, I just put him in a bad spot.
They're built similarly but your boy is more compact and has a better back end.
Thanks for the reply! I wanted to do eventing for awhile but I didn't know if he would be built for it or not. It seems like a lot of fun! From what I can see, your boy has pretty good form :)
Eventing is amazing! It takes a lot of guts but equally it's a ton of fun. And, you HAVE to cross-train, because you need jumping, dressage, and galloping. So it suits people [and horses] who like to have a lot of variety.
Thank you :) I didn't train my old fella, you'd hope though that he would have nice form given that that jump is pretty huge. The front standard is about a 5'6" standard, the back is 4' [the actual jump is around 3'3" to 3'4"], and it's 4'8" wide.
I shared the photo because if my boy can jump like that with a VERY long back and poor hind end [and similar front half, neck set and overall balance] then your boy can physically do the same or better with the right training and attitude.