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post #1 of 9 Old 08-05-2012, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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What skill level of horse should I look at?

So hypothetically, if I were wanting to get into jumping/eventing competitively, I'm talking about 1.4-.5m at Large shows. Do I look for a packer? Or something talented and bold that's maybe not so beginner friendly? I know the answer should be a packer, but I don't know if I can afford (or cope) moving up to other horses over and over again.
Anyways sort of a broad question but Im really curious.

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-05-2012, 12:37 AM
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don't look at what you want to do but look at what you can do. If you look for a horse that you can't seem to control it seems selfish and you could get hurt. Have you jumped before?

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I knew it was to broad. I have been riding for 7 years and I have jumped to 2'6. I can handle hot or big strided horses. Shown a ton aswell.

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Well don't go for the extremes right away. Get a horse who knows the ropes some but can take you places. Look for one that you can handle and doesn't need a ton of training to jump those heghts. I don't think you'll find a packer that jumps that high
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So you want a packer that will be competitive at 1.4 to 1.5m? That's quite a jump from what you're doing right now.. and quite a jump financially as well. Advanced level Eventing is approximately 1.19 to 1.25m, and Grand Prix jumping is 1.6m. So you're talking about getting a "packer" that could potentially do CCI***, CCI**** and/or pretty well GP showjumping. When you get to that level, Showjumping horses are going to be different than Eventing horses, so you kind of have to decide what you really want to do.
What is your budget? Have you spoken to your coach about this? Really and honestly, if you're looking at that level - it's not worth it to ask a forum. Your coach will be your best resource for advice.


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If you are capable of jumping 1.4-1.5 you shouldn't even be close to needing a packer. That's the start of some of the smaller grand prixs. it will take A LONG TIME and to get from 2"6 to this level and i don't know of anyone who's gotten to this level on the same horse. There is a heck of a lot more to it then just being able to ride something hot and big strided. If you could find a horse that is beginner friendly enough for your level now who has the talent to do the upper levels (and simply finding the horse will be difficult), it will be well into the 6 digits. If that's not a problem then I agree with JDI, ask for help from your trainer.
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Thanks for the input. I'm arranging a lease on an older, experienced jumper who has been show at many different levels. Will post pictures when I start the lease!

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Holy crow! Those are some big ambitions, expensive ones at that. I agree with the above, a packer would not be that big of a jumper. Horses at that caliper of competition are usually very hot and difficult to ride. They also cost a lot of money when they are fully trained.
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out of curiosity where did you get 1.40- 1.5 idea from? I don't think there's such thing as 1.50 packer. You must have skill and training to jump that big or you'll get thrown off at the first jump. You have to move up on horses constantly it's the name of the game, if you do 2'6 a more ideal packet would be a meter horse and even at that it may be a bit more than what you can do.
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