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  • Advice Welcomed!!

    So long story short, I’ve been riding various English disciplines (mostly hunters, i dabbled in fox hunting and dressage, and a little jumpers) for almost 9 years. I’m at a place where I’m not really sure what I want to do but the barn I’m at now just really isn’t working out so I want some advice from maybe some people who have been down this road before: would you stick with hunters and maybe dabble in jumpers some, or try something completely new and try eventing? Also lol I realized some answers might be biased because this is an eventing thing[B]

  • #2
    Since no one has answered, I'll take a crack at it. Just for grins and giggles, see if you can set up a lesson or two with an eventing instructor to see if you and your horse like it. What have you got to lose? Some horses really like the variety and challenge, some don't. Ditto riders. From your experiences, it sounds like you might enjoy doing something different every day. So give it a whirl.You can always go back to doing what you're doing.

    And if you decide you like eventing, welcome to the dark side!
    They don't call me frugal for nothing.
    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


    • #3
      Find a farm that works for you. Best boarding Farm you can....get a truck and trailer...and do it alll or whatever you want. Don’t be tied to a trainer based Farm doing just what that trainer does. Go to a place that takes good care of your horse and then with your own transportation, you can train with whomever suits you best, clinic and just do a lot of different things.
      ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


      • #4
        I'm a H/J rider screwing about in eventing, and I'm having a good time.

        Do whatever you find to be fun. Try barrel racing if you want to! Event if it looks fun. Whatever you and your horse enjoy, go forth and have a good time.


        • #5
          Originally posted by endlessclimb View Post
          I'm a H/J rider screwing about in eventing, and I'm having a good time.

          Do whatever you find to be fun. Try barrel racing if you want to! Event if it looks fun. Whatever you and your horse enjoy, go forth and have a good time.
          HEY!!!! We take our screwing around seriously! And riding horses too.


          • #6
            I grew up HJ and when it was clear my horse was going to be neither a hunter nor a jumper, we found him to have an aptitude for dressage and love of cross country. So for the past few years I've been dabbling in eventing with a strong emphasis on dressage and will never go back to being solely a HJ rider. Sounds like you have the interest in all the right elements for you to enjoy the heck out of eventing, so give it a go! Worst case scenario, you learn a lot, hopefully have some fun, and end up on a different path you feel is better for you. Highly recommend finding a great eventing trainer to work with and especially to school xc with. Go have fun!


            • #7
              Originally posted by RAyers View Post

              HEY!!!! We take our screwing around seriously! And riding horses too.
              I mean that *I'M* screwing around! Don't worry, I'm getting my tail handed to me by you serious folks!


              • #8
                Originally posted by RAyers View Post

                HEY!!!! We take our screwing around seriously! And riding horses too.
                Oh my. I had forgotten how much I miss your worldview and your posts. Thank you!
                They don't call me frugal for nothing.
                Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                • #9
                  How did you like dressage when you dabbled in it? Do you like to go faster than a walk on trail rides? Think galloping over jumps looks like fun? Of course everyone here loves eventing and thinks everyone else should too, but it's not for everyone. If you think you might like it, give it a try! You can always switch back later if it's not for you.


                  • #10
                    Eventers are the best, kindest, most supportive people I've met. Love them! And they do love their horses. Eventing is fun and challenging. It's a lot of gear, though, and it IS hard to be good at three different disciplines--but man, do we get to have some fun!

                    ....and don't worry about RAYers. He's just like that--his tongue planted firmly in his cheek. In fact, I hear he's going to have to get it surgically removed.


                    • #11
                      But some of us do have problems dealing with a shabby vocabulary.
                      Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                      Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                      • #12
                        Eventers are a great crowd. If you decide to go that direction then the dressage you've done should be helpful. Not sure what level you're riding, but lower level eventers win by finishing on their (good) dressage scores, so having the chops to put in a good test will make you more competitive. Otoh, many eventers tolerate the dressage phase so they can go have fun on the cross country course. That seems to be the biggest draw to the discipline. I'm doing a couple of schooling events this year with a horse I'm planning on taking h/j but there are no h/j schooling shows around here and she needs to be hauled. It is LOADS of fun, and I feel like I'm getting to know this horse way better than I would just jumping in the ring. Turns out she is game as all get out! H/j circuit will be there waiting for us if we want to wander back, but for now come on over and make showing a real EVENT!


                        • #13
                          Just to add, don't worry about needing a lot of gear to event. I know one sucessful rider who rode at the top level with one GP saddle not 3 different ones. It is also v noticeable that the amateurs go for the matchy-matchy horse and rider look but the professionals tend to wear clothing that is useful in all three disciplines without needing a full change of outfit. Spend your money on xc training!
                          "Good young horses are bred, but good advanced horses are trained" Sam Griffiths