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That's right, this will be my first time eventing. I am super excited! I learned how to ride english and jump like 10 years ago, showed a couple times, but went through some bad trainers that talked on their cell phones more than they trained...so I switched to western and barrel racing for last 7 years! Well now I'm at an eventing barn with excellent trainers. I think my barrel mare would be a cute little eventer but she isn't thrilled with the jumping aspect of it all, boo. Been practicing for the last year or so on her but I know she isn't in it like I am and I am ready for a horse that is! I am looking to see what is out there, trying some horses, and getting the feel for what I want in this horse I buy. So far this gelding is at the top of my list. I think he would be a nice first event horse, lower levels, and has a lot of potential to get me through several years probably. Easy to ride, very light in the mouth, and super easy over fences plus he loves it. Has never been shown but has been XC schooling, foxhunting, and had professional hunter/jumper training about a year ago (jumped up to 3'). His flat work is weak because his training has been focused on jumping, but with how light/responsive he is I feel he is very willing to work in a nice frame if asked. He is a quarter horse, 14.2 (it's ok I'm petite lol), and 8 years old. Tell me what you think!

These 2 were taken a couple years ago when he was in shape:



These were taken a couple weekends ago and he's very out of shape.





Video from my test ride:

Going over a course last winter at the trainers:
 

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When he was in shape he looked really great :) I think you looked good together on your test ride and he sounds good from your description. I think he would be worth the effort :lol:
 

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The horse in the last 2 pics look bigger than 14:2hh, I swear.
 

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I think he is really cute too :) It's funny that he looks bigger to you waresbear. I haven't measured him but he's for sure right around there...very close to the 14.3hh mare I have. He does clean up nice and if I end up getting him I would be looking forward to getting him in shape again. I think this guy would be worth working with as well. Still at the top of my list. Well if I get him I'm sure I will post again saying so!
 

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Good bone, good feet, chestnuts are easy to clean up... from your description and the vids he seems like a good horse.

To me a good lower level eventer is stable riding out alone, brave, and willing to come on the bit. They don't have to be fancy, they just need to ride loose and responsive to do well in dressage.
 

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My goodness he's gotten fat! Haha. He'll definitely need a lot of conditioning, but you already know that. I think he could make an adorable lower-level event horse. He seems very eager & happy to do his job. You look quite nice on him!
 

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Congratulations! How excited.

I love the first picture of him. And then I scrolled down. That's not the same horse. LoL Holy cresty neck! LoL I've never used one but maybe a neck swear would be a good investment? And a muzzle? HeHeHe.

For real though, he's super cute. Looks like a very nice horse. And I agree, he looks much bigger then 14.2. HeHe, you make him look 16 hands!
 

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He's very well balanced & doesn't look "small". Love his first picture-gives you a goal to shoot for. Still, better than having to recondition a horse that hasn't had enough groceries. At least you can start conditioning right away.
 

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he's lovely and definitely an event prospect. He looks very sensible. You need to work on slowing the tempo of his trot. he is moving so quickly, he is going quite flatly. Slowing down the tempo will allow him to use his shoulder better and, hopefully, develop a little more loft in his steps.

I like this guy and you look very good together. keep us updated.
 

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Congratulations! I think you found a good mount. He's probably available bc most people want 8 inches taller than he is. I like his frame. I like his legs, too, straight and mirror images of each other, good bend in the hocks and balanced. I like his demeanor. He looks honest.
Also, GLAD to see that he's an easy keeper. SOOO many eventing horses have that TB skinny gene.
It's ALWAYS good to start with horse that is easy to handle. I had a 13.2 huge barrelled pony, "Toma", (1969-2004, RIP) that EVERYBODY rode and enjoyed. My 15'3hh QH "Ro Go Bar", (1982-2009, RIP) couldn't jump well--built uphill--but he was my babysitter. I'll bet you trail ride this guy all over the places and over lots of jumps, too, and he becomes "Mr. Reliable."
 

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Thanks! I will work on his trot, I agree. I was told to look for a good walk and a good canter, and that you can kind of fix a trot. I have had him for a week now and he is a lovely boy! I think he will be Mr. Reliable with some more miles and getting back into the working frame of mind. He has a huge fear of the barn pig right now but luckily there is another arena away from everything that he does great in where we can get some work done. I posted on the Training board for advice on that! So far I think he is going to be great and ready to go come Spring time.
 

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okay, 6 to 8 months from now i expect to see some awesome eventing shots of this lovely boy!!! Chrome for days... how do you say no to that!?
Big congrats!!!
 
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