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petitepyromaniac 04-11-2012 01:58 AM

How far can the average horse go in eventing?
Obviously it depends on the individual horse, but I feel like almost any horse can do lower level eventing.

However, is there a certain level you would say the average "backyard horse" GENERALLY doesn't get past? BN? Novice? Training?

Thanks :)

maura 04-11-2012 07:11 AM

I would say Novice.

I think the fitness required at Training, as well as the height (3'3"), spread and type of fences, is a stretch for the average backyard horse.

My Beau 04-11-2012 01:48 PM

I also say Novice, for the same reasons as Maura pointed out.

I have a little 15.2 hand QH gelding who is a pretty average "backyard horse". He's quiet, anyone can get on him, easy keeper... the whole 9 yards (though, for a QH his conformation is good and he's not built downhill). He goes Novice and has schooled training. He can do training, but you can tell it's a bit of a struggle for him. He MIGHT be able to do a spring training course, but definitely couldn't handle a late-season course.

Novice is well within his comfort zone though.

MyBoyPuck 04-11-2012 09:31 PM

Ditto, novice.

petitepyromaniac 04-12-2012 07:57 PM

Thanks you three! :)

horsemedic47 04-16-2012 08:31 PM

My last horse was a Qh/Tb cross and I evented her to the Intermediate level. I think its the individual horse and their attitude.

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