I’m a couple years (at least) away from getting my next horse but am using the time to figure out what, exactly, I want when the time comes. I have always loved Irish cobs from afar, and did get to ride one on a vacation in Ireland many (many!) moons ago. I know they are very common across the UK and popular mounts. I know they can jump. I’d just love to hear first hand opinions about them as eventers for the lower levels (US training and below).
Are they fun? Sensitive? Overly cheeky like ponies or more forgiving and calm? Are they all push rides or do some have a motor? How do they do with dressage? Do they feel “heavy” when riding or are some lighter on their feet?
Also, what are the best yards for buying Irish cobs? Trustworthy and good to work with? What’s the going rate for a youngish cob started under saddle? I know the “Gypsy Vanners” here in the US go for insane prices, that I could probably buy and import a more suitable mount from the UK for the same or less than a GV here in the US.
Happy to hear all perspectives while I keep dreaming!