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post #1 of 6 Old 06-24-2018, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Choosing a horse for eventing

We are ready to buy our second horse, mainly for my daughter who would like to start eventing. We have been looking around and since we have daily professional help we have decided to have a younger one this time. We found a smart, brave, curious Oldenburger having really good canter. He is only 5 years old with little training in jumping. My daughter tried him an he did very well over some small fences. It just turned out that he is really dressage lineage bred.. anyone ever bought a dressage-lineage horse who turned out to perform great in eventing and show jumping? Our professional help says go for it but she is more into dressage..
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I would have someone with an eventing background evaluate the horse. He may do well over small jumps, but how will he do on cross country over logs and through water? Do you know of any trainers in your area that event? Will your daughter have someone that can help her bring him along as an eventer? Some horses do well in the dressage and stadium portions, but then want nothing to do with the xc aspect of it.

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There was a thread not that long ago on the subject of the ideal eventing horse, I will try to find it. But what sticks in my mind is the agreement that the #1 quality such a horse needs is courage. He can be as scopey and talented as all get out but if he doesn't want to go over everything you point him at for as long as you point him, you don't have a good eventing horse.

This would be something only an experienced eventer could assess, I am guessing.
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Thank You so much! We will have trainer for the eventing later,at the moment only for dressage and sj. But I decided to ask an experienced event-rider to see him now. This horse really has courage and might be the one..
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Depending on your daughter's experience, I would not be buying a 5 year old horse to start eventing with ... but rather an early teens horse that has successfully competed, and is safe for beginner eventers. Eventing is comparatively VERY dangerous to other disciplines, just because often, you are riding much faster, and going over solid fences. No matter the height, if the younger, inexperienced horse looses his confidence, refuses a fence and throws your daughter into it, or even catches a leg and falls onto your daughter ... You will be wishing that she gained basic eventing experience and stickability on a horse that knows his job.

If her trainer believes that this horse is confident enough to be trained in eventing and learn with your daughter, then that is a whole other matter - but if she only has experience with older lesson horses, I would really think hard about getting her something a bit older, even just 8-10 years old, to make sure they have all of their silliness out, and have the right amount of confidence for eventing.

Another thing to keep in mind with Warmblood types, is that some of them can't handle longer cross country courses - especially if they are purely bred for dressage. The lower levels should be fine, but you typically see TB's or crosses in the upper levels, for the speed and endurance that comes with their breeds.

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If I was going to spend a substantial amount of money on a young horse for eventing I would focus on those that have been purpose bred for the job.
They have to have the right mind for it but having courage isn't enough - they also need a lot of common sense and the ability to find an 'extra leg' to get themselves out of trouble.
Purpose bred dressage horses have tons of natural elevation and they can often show jump OK to a certain level but they don't have the scope to get over the big spreads - which is where TB blood still holds its own on the cross country phase.
I would rather take a WB with TB lines in its breeding or an Irish Draught Sport Horse as a prospective eventing horse because you'll have a better chance of getting around safely
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