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countfalcon 06-29-2013 05:53 AM

List of things to buy for eventing?
I'm looking for a horse to do eventing with, but I'm wondering, aside from the horse and obvious things like saddles and bridles, what equipment would you need to purchase for the event? Like, clothes and safety gear? For horse and rider?

Thames Pirate 06-30-2013 03:44 PM

Oh, goodness.

Start with a good cross country vest, obviously a good helmet, and good boots for horse and rider. A medical armband for shows, too.

Seriously, my list is MILES long for both schooling and events, but I'll give it a shot:

horse--saddle, pad, bridle, girth, braiding kit
rider--helmet, hair net, coat, shirt, stock tie, stock pin, gloves, breeches, belt, boots, dressage whip, spurs

horse--saddle, pad, bridle, girth, breastplate, running martingale, boots, bell boots, studs, stud kit
rider--helmet, shirt (many say polo, but I just use a T-shirt and NOBODY--including my coach, who cares about turnout--has ever commented), vest, armband, gloves, breeches, belt, boots, bat, spurs

horse--saddle, pad, bridle, girth, breastplate, running martingale, braiding kit, boots
rider--helmet, hair net, coat, shirt, stock tie, stock pin, gloves, medical armband, breeches, belt, boots, bat, spurs

Remember that at a show one usually rides the night before, so schooling pad, breeches, etc. are also needed

Stabling--buckets, feed pans, stall guard, pitch fork, wheelbarrow, broom, hose (not always needed), hooks, snaps, hay net, blankets

Horse care:
Grooming--brushes, hoof pick, fly spray, show sheen, any other show grooming materials, wash bucket, scraper, shampoo, conditioner, liniments (show legal only!), hoof polish, scissors, small clippers, towels, rags
Post Ride Care--ice boots, poultice, paper, standing wraps, any magnets or lasers or other therapy you use, cooler, epsom salt
Gear care--tack sponges, saddle soap, conditioner, boot polish and brushes, rags

lunge line/whip, halter and lead, farrier tools, spare buckets (always mark drinking water buckets vs. other stuff buckets), horse first aid kit, stud chain, saddle rack, bridle hooks

hammer and nails, WD 40, extension cord, tape (duct, electrical, masking), baling twine, pens, paper, sharpies, human first aid kit, bike, good wellies or muck boots for walking through the water jump, wheel for course walk, shipping boots

I also bring camping chairs, cooler, tent, camping grill, folding table, sleeping bag, pillow, book, food, and clothes of course. These are not horsey items, but things I need for going to shows!

I am obsessive, so I bring spares of tons of things.

I am sure I have left off lots of things, especially considering I haven't been to a show in close to 2 years.

jaydee 06-30-2013 04:06 PM

I think Thames Pirate has it covered
You are getting into probably one of the most expensive of horse sports
Don't forget that on top of all this unless you can get a trainer that's experienced in eventing you could also find yourself needing 3 different trainers - one for each discipline - and you find that the higher you progress that is what they do.
You will need to find the time to keep your horse super fit too or pay someone to do it - a tired horse on the X country phase is an accident waiting to happen

Thames Pirate 06-30-2013 06:23 PM

I disagree with that!

You do need a coach, but you do NOT need 3 different coaches. A good eventing coach is great, and a good h/j coach should easily be able to get you through the lower levels (not just any h/j coach, though). You can do it on any horse--even your neighbor's old apply or the standardbred that was donated to your barn--with just one saddle and bridle. You can work off lessons, show up to shows in hand-me-down but clean stuff, and get there in any trailer that's safe. It can absolutely be done on a shoestring compared to other horse sports.

Riding for a solid hour 4-6x week is fine for lower level eventing as well. No need to do tons of extra fitness work, and paying someone to do it is not going to cut it anyway. You need to know how to ride your horse over the terrain, etc. I only have someone else ride my horse when I am either ill or on vacation. Yes, sometimes I ride before work, but I need the miles as much as my horse does! If you aren't able to ride 4-6x a week for an hour or so, you likely have no business doing any kind of showing.

Lx3 06-30-2013 07:19 PM

I agree with the above. Although you need more tack, it's going to be equivalent or even cheaper than other discipline shows. For example, locally the hunter barns show every weekend while the eventing barns go to maybe 3 events per season (recognized). Of course they do other things like hunter trials and clinics but its nothing like what you'd be paying to compete at a hunter show. Plus, in hunter shows you're probably not just showing in one class, so that adds up as well.

The eventing barns in my area have cheaper lesson and coaching fees- maybe just because its not as popular. They also seem more laid back and there's less pressure to spend money buying more expensive tack.

It's like anything, it's only as expensive as you want it to be!

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