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Eventing is an equestrian discipline which involves three main skills; dressage, cross country and show jumping.

Eventing competitions can be broken down further one day events and three day events.

It is the all round nature of eventing that means you need a special type of horse that can be successful across the board.

It is important that an event horse is not too light boned to with stand the impacts of the cross county phase as they require stamina as well as agility. A horse's feet should also be matching and not too small as their natural movement is imperative and key to the correct conformation.

Always get a vet involved who is independent from the seller to ensure that your preferred horse for sale is sound. A vet can also check the horses' wind to ensure they are breathing correctly and that their teeth are in a reasonable condition. Their teeth are also a reliable way to check their true age.

There are so many horses for sale with good bloodlines it is important to choose a horse not only on its bloodlines but your gut instinct that the horse has potential. Good bloodlines would certainly help when trying to re sell the horse but does not necessarily guarantee success in the ring. It is a huge gamble to buy a youngster and therefore more novice riders should stick to more experienced horses. Inexperienced riders can easily lose their confidence with an untrained horse and may end up costing a lot more money than anticipated on training the young horse.

Ensure that the price of the horse for sale is in relation their success, age, breeding and condition. There are often many extra hidden costs involved with buying a horse, such as a vetting, cost of transportation, tack and rugs so be prepared. Also never choose the first horse you view, always get comparisons, there are many horses for sale out there, but if you find the ideal horse at the right price don't hesitate as you may miss out.

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