Eventing (also known as horse trials) is an equestrian event where a single horse and rider combination compete against other combinations in the three disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show jumping. The competition may be run as a one-day event (ODE), where all three events are completed in one day (dressage, followed by cross country and then show jumping) or a three-day event (3DE), which is more commonly run over four days, with dressage on the first two days followed by cross country the next day and then show jumping in reverse order on the final day.
Grass, sand, water
Eventing horses need to have grip. Therefore, studs are used for cross-country and jumping on grass. The shoes should be as light as possible while still providing adequate protection as this is a demanding discipline. Grip can also be provided by a rim shoe or flat shoe with the crease continued through the toe.
Pads and silicones are often used to give comfort if the footing is hard. The heels of the front shoes are sometimes filled in with a hoof repair material to avoid loosing shoes during the gallop.