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post #1 of 10 Old 07-11-2014, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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TWH as potential Event horse?

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I'm an Event rider, Training/Prelim and am looking for a new partner. I've been temporarily 'wowed' by a young TWH not very gaited and was wondering if anyone has suggestions as to whether or not TWH make good Eventers? I've been doing some research and understand that a gaited horse has difficulties with English Dressage, but, if it's not gaited could it be trainable? Also, jumping! They are a lovely breed and i'm prepared to do all the necessary retraining needed; i took my current 17.3hh Percheron/TBX from a greenie to Training level so i know the commitment necessary. I'm looking to go up the levels with my new prospect, Training/Prelim

Thank you for any support advice you could provide!

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-11-2014, 10:38 AM
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My advice is "no".

All horses are willing to perform outside their ballywick but purebred horses are each bred for a specific purpose in which they excel.

If I were wanting to attain the levels of eventing you subscribe to, I would not be looking at a Tennessee Walker and I have three in my pasture

Yes TWH's are indeed a lovely breed. They have a huge heart and a willingness to please but, please don't try to fit a square peg in a round hole if your intent is to reach for the stars in eventing

If you're staying at lower level and more-or-less just want to play, then it could be fun although be prepared to have your TWH be biased against, even though judges swear up and down they don't do that sort of thing
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What Walkinthewalk said.

You certainly CAN event a TWH at the lower levels, but chances are pretty slim that you will be competitive. And dressage will be tough, I've never know yet a TWH that was suitable for dressage. Part breds that never gaited, yes, full TWH, no.

If you are just doing it for fun, go for it! But if you want to move up the levels and be competitive, I would pass.

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If the horse is at all gaited then I would give it a 'no' too.
My concerns would be more on the X Country phase where getting it wrong could be a disaster and not just a few points lost
I have a friend who did try to event a horse that was 'slightly' gaited, he would do the dressage fine and the showjumping but the gaiting would suddenly come into play when he got excited/too forward/lost focus on the cross country phase resulting in her having a really nasty rotational fall over a not very big or complicated jump.
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-11-2014, 10:31 PM
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i took my current 17.3hh Percheron/TBX from a greenie to Training level so i know the commitment necessary. I'm looking to go up the levels with my new prospect, Training/Prelim
If this were true you would already know the exact kind of horse needed to excel in this discipline without any doubt and would already know TWHs are not even remotely built to do well in any of the stages at the higher levels.
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-12-2014, 12:29 AM
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I've had many people ask me if my MFT is a warmblood. He doesn't look the part. He does gait but isn't super set in it and has a very nice set trot. He's not AT ALL built for jumping but that aside I could see a "non-gaited" gaited horse doing fine. Fine, not well, and more importantly, my horse doesn't have the build, and he doesn't even really look like a gaited horse. Most gaited horses will not have the build.

You also don't know if this specific horse wants to event.

If you want to play around sure, if you want to be competitive, no.

I'd suggest posting pictures on here for a critique and stating your goals. My guess is on build alone the horse will be a big no.
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TWH no, I wouldn't. This breed was bred for comfortable ride, with a running walk that would cover ground, and not jar rider who would be spending hours in the saddle.

And not fair to the horse to do this to them either. Going completely against how they are made to use their body, and will cause them issues.

There are gaited breeds that trot, but don't know how many of them you see competing at higher levels, such as Saddlebreds.

Keep looking for something more suited to this.

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I would not advise it as others have said.
Now if you wanted a field hunter they can do well.
I hunted one for two or so years, he kept up with the others just fine. No problems there.

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If he is good at it and willing - I don't see why not!

If he has trouble with his gait, or has trouble jumping or other things because of his build - then I wouldn't push him to do something he wasn't meant to do

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