Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Western NSW, Australia
PilatesGirl, I would have said that it may have been worth the try. If your trainer was going to work him for you, it could have turned out well and, if not, you could have sold him on as a going horse. Otherwise, I would definitely have recommended no. Green horse and green rider is a disaster waiting to happen. I myself am not a green rider, but even I experienced disaster with a green horse (4 y/o TB mare). But I have also ridden a 4 y/o Arab cross and a 4 y/o Clydesdale without a single problem.
I can vouch for what Bluebird said - Clydesdales make amazing riding horses. Their trot can be a little heavy, but their canter I have found to be heavenly. They're like big puppy dogs, and the only problem I've ever witnessed with them is that some of them don't know their strength and you need to keep them in check. I'd recommend looking into getting a Clydesdale cross, to be honest. They're quite often crossed with Thoroughbreds and the result is often beautiful. They have the Thoroughbred 'oomph', but it's dulled down by the cool attitude of the draft.
I wish you luck in your horse hunt.