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Can trail horses compete?

I am looking to buy a horse in a few months to a year, and i have come to discover that trail horses sell for a lot cheaper than other horses. I was just wondering if an experienced trail horse would have no problem with the basic walk, trot and canter routine, and if it would go over jumps. I compete in jumping, so i'd like a horse that knows how.
If you have any other tips on choosing the right horse, please let me know. Thanks!

yes, because they can trane them on the field and take them to practice a good source is to feed them water them ad take them on the trail one to three times a day and train

of course! if you get a younger horse about 8 or 9 you could easily train the horse to do anything you want! even if you get an older one you can do jumping or whatever you want to do with it :)

just follow your head, if your instincts say no than go with that, but if they say yess, than do it! :D

A good trail horse can do any *sensible* thing a show horse can do, so yes, they can compete. (The high-stepper classes are far from sensible, and no trail horse or rider with an ounce of sense would waste that much energy doing nothing! Same goes for the dead-slow "western pleasure" jog and 4-beat "lope" - what a waste of time!) It's a shame that too many people consider trail as something that doesn't take any skill or knowledge from the rider or horse. I'd like to see a strictly show horse gallop across a field without stumbling, cross traffic, face down dogs and kids on bikes and birds flushing from cover, wade through a creek or cross a narrow bridge, pony a nervous horse, slide down a mud bank, halfpass at canter to avoid a prairie-dog hole, etc etc etc!

I've done a lot more jumping on the trails than I ever did on a cross-country course or an arena, but of course my horse can jump, and we could have competed more if I'd be so inclined!

If a horse is ridden primarily in the arena and worked as a show horse, it is wonderful for their mental health and as cross-training, to hit the trails once in a while. Imagine being in school and all they teach you is math. You'd love a break to study history, literature, and other subjects.

If you're riding western, it's not safe to jump higher than a foot or so, and when you do you should put your hand on the saddle horn, not to hold on but to keep your body from getting gored on it. In trail classes in shows, you will have points deducted if you jump with a western saddle and don't put your hand on the horn.

Try out any horse you think about buying, both on the trails and over fences or in whatever discipline you'd like to compete in.

Check out horse rescue groups. Their goal is for each horse to have a great lifetime home, so they won't deceive you about its suitability for your needs. By taking one horse out of their care, you're making room for another one to be rescued, and your adoption fees will support the running of the place. It's a win-win-win situation! You could even see about volunteering with a rescue starting now, so you'll know the people and the horses they get in, and they'll get to know you and what kind of horse would be suitable for you.

There are also competitive trail riding organizations, if you really like trails.