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    02-23-2013, 11:39 PM
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Foal
All around training

What are your opinions on all around horses and training all around horses? Do you like that they do a lot or do you prefer having multiple horses for different events?
     
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    03-02-2013, 08:48 PM
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Foal
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    03-02-2013, 08:53 PM
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Trained
Depends on what you mean by all around and how competitive you are. Start spreading yourself too thin and you won't place well in everything. I think the things should be relatable too. At low levels, most horses can do a lot, but once you start trying to move up in education it will be harder. A high level dressage horse isn't going to move like a WP horse.

So...it depends on what you're doing and how competitively.
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    03-02-2013, 09:11 PM
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It's cheaper to do it all with one horse...
     
    03-02-2013, 09:17 PM
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Weanling
If you want to compete at higher levels it makes sense to have more than one horse. Like somebody said already a horse that is highly trained in one discipline will likely not be able to do well at others. At lower levels it is probably not such a big deal. I do low level jumpers with my horse and also do cattle penning and roping with her. Do I expect to win at higher levels?.. not really because she isn't really built for it but we do have fun. Now horses that I plan on selling as jumpers I usually stick to strictly english and horses I plan to sell as western horses I stick to western.
     
    03-02-2013, 09:33 PM
  #6
Weanling
I agree with the previous posts. I prefer all around training, because I like my horses to be comfortable doing (in a general sense) whatever I ask them to do. But, I don't compete with them, I just like the personal pleasure that my horse can do fairly well anything I ask of it to have a solid horse ( my horse is comfortable in all riding styles, she can jump a bit, she can do cows, she can decently do poles, she's solid in trail, good at endurance, etc, but she's not a performance horse and would probably not ever be pro at any of it) . Not all horses are great at certain things, though, so if I were asking my horse to be able top of its class in everything, I'd probably be very disappointed, and my horse would be pretty p'od. As it is, I'm perfectly happy with a horse that can do a little of everything... But I'm not making (or trying to make) money off of her.
     
    03-02-2013, 09:49 PM
  #7
Started
I love a good ole all-around horse. I know they are becoming rarer in the show pen, but I'd rather take home the trailer and saddle at the end of a week than the ribbon and buckle at the end of a class!!
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    03-02-2013, 10:06 PM
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Also, you have to consider the odds of you training your horse to be the best horse ever in one discipline is very slim. Even if someone handed me the best western pleasure prospect in the entire world, and even if I trained him my best just for western pleasure only; I still could not compete against the big name trainers who have political power, resources, money, time, and can get away with illegalities. So an all-around horse is more feasible to me, where I can make a bunch of top 5s or top 10s in every class, and still come out high-point or all-around champion at the end of a week/end.
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    03-03-2013, 03:30 PM
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Foal
Not quite wanting to do higher levels, but I love the idea of my horse doing anything I ask him too. He's very smart, so learning lots of things won't confuse him. I do some competing, but was mainly hoping for him to specialize in one event and be able to do all the others decently.
     
    03-03-2013, 03:32 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by oh vair oh    
Also, you have to consider the odds of you training your horse to be the best horse ever in one discipline is very slim. Even if someone handed me the best western pleasure prospect in the entire world, and even if I trained him my best just for western pleasure only; I still could not compete against the big name trainers who have political power, resources, money, time, and can get away with illegalities. So an all-around horse is more feasible to me, where I can make a bunch of top 5s or top 10s in every class, and still come out high-point or all-around champion at the end of a week/end.
Sooo True! I used to show Western Pleasure, and though my horse was excellent and flashy, we never won anything because I didn't know the right people and wasn't loaded. It always frustrated me, since my horse only did Western Pleasure. My new horse is much more versatile. Maybe we'll be all around champion
     

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