Jasmine Hobart Eventing

By Jasmine Hobart

"I want a project horse" "I love Thoroughbreds and want an off the track" "I would love to find something young and grow together" 

All phrases I hear quite often from many different experience of riders. Before you make a decision here are a few steps you need to be sure you are aware, realistic, and comfortable with before your "green horse" purchase. 

I'm not talking purchase price. Many get sucked into the fact the younger and greener horse are "cheaper". Yes I put the word "cheaper" in quotes. 

-Most (if not all) of these horses will need groceries, meaning a lot of food, fat supplements, etc.- meaning groceries to fill out (grain, hay, beetpulp, amplify, are some examples). Do you have your own barn with a lot of turnout to offer? Or do you have to pay board for someone else to feed and give the turnout they need? 

-Health- teeth floated? Worming? Shots? Coggins? Ulcer treatment? And don't get me started on their feet... You better have a good farrier (and tip him). 

-What?? The track horse doesn't know what it's suppose to do? The jockeys already were on its back, I should be able to just hop on and go right?

-NO. To this date, I have probably seen and ridden almost a hundred different track horses and have yet to find one that automatically "knows the job". That to me is like saying you take a first grader who just started to learn how to read and throw it into a high school English class and expect them to just know what everything means. 

-Find a reliable and experienced trainer who can help your horse to understand FIRST, if it's all about you understanding and your horse is still confused... Good luck! If you TAKE THE TIME to allow your green horse to fully understand the riders expectations (probably with your reputable trainer who can explain things in a manner where they understand) you will be fully rewarded. 

You decided to take on a "project". You may not be able to go to that show next month, two months, three months away and may have to wait even longer! You may have to take more time on the ground to explain any confusion you may feel under saddle. Your trainer may have to take the reins for awhile until the horse has an understanding and you and your horse can then start to SLOWLY learn together. If this is a horse who doesn't understand going off property, showing, going on hacks, don't be ashamed to let your trainer be the "first" for them so they get the best experience they could be offered. 

Owning young, green horses and watching them grow and become working athletes and partners is one the most thrilling adventures an owner can go through! But I see this journey go wrong all the time and the reason behind the set-backs and "failures" is people get too rushed. Take the time on the ground, at home, and build the trust and partnership. Once that is built ENJOY THE RIDE! 

By Jasmine Hobart
Jasmine Hobart Eventing

The JHEventing team has been very busy. The Carolina Horse Park hosts some wonderful schooling days that include Dressage and Stadium which started up in January. We have been able to get a bunch of the green horses and riders out and about and they haven't disappointed. I have some incredibly talented sale horses whom are waiting for their person and in the meantime are furthering their education. We have a barn full!

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I have been working hard with my instructors to insure I'm ready for the challenges ahead and have a plan with my own riding. I love working with different instructors for each phase who are knowledgeable at their certain craft. 

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The first USEA recognized three-day event was a week ago for my main horse, Icebreaker, and my working student, Marina, took my other horse, Pata Gold. We went and enjoyed a quick stay in Aiken, SC at Sporting Day Horse Trials. Although the weather wasn't exactly what we had in mind as I did all three-phases in three layers.... The result for both horses was what we were hoping. Icebreaker finished fifth in the Preliminary Horse class with just a little time from Cross-Country to add to his dressage score! Marina and Pata Gold had a fabulous run in the Novice Division finishing in third!.. Minus a little getting lost moment in the stadium... Hate it when those jumps move on you! Happens to us all at least once! 

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We look forward to a busy year ahead and it's definitely not slowing down anytime soon! 

Hope everyone else is getting in the saddle and enjoying the beginning of their 2017 season! 

By Jasmine Hobart
Jasmine Hobart Eventing

My name is Jasmine Hobart and I am a young professional working out of Southern Pines, NC. I have never blogged before so everyone bare with me. It took a lot of different topics to decide which one I truly wanted to be my first but I decided to start off where I began my journey. 

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I have always wanted to have horses as a part of my life and by the time I was ten I was hooked in the Three-Day Eventing and Dressage world. There was one catch, I was living in Iowa. Not saying there aren't instructors and barns in Iowa but very few for the Three-Day Eventers and our closest competition is four hours away. Not to mention because we love all the seasons (unless we travel south for the winter) our competition opportunity goes from April-maybe October (if you are brave). 

Now living on the east coast I see how spoiled we are out here; Carolina Horse Park 25 mins away, we have around six barns who host schooling shows within 40 mins of my barn, we have three or four different shows to choose from almost every weekend and throughout the whole year! Class A instruction everywhere, for Eventers, Show Jumping, and Dressage, to name a few big names who literally surround my barn- Robert Costello, Mark Weissbecker, MaryAnn Charles and Mike Plumb! Not too shabby... 

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Whenever someone asks me where I'm from and I say "Iowa" they all look so surprised... Now I'm starting to understand why. Looking back on growing up and starting my love of this sport in the mid-west, I realize how much motivation and dedication it took to get me where I am today. All those winter days and nights in -20 degrees and snow, mud up to your knees, praying the one or two decent instructors (who for some reason haven't left yet?!) are brave enough to face the elements and teach you. 

So to all my mid-west equestrians kick on! But it's much more fun over here... :)