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    06-19-2011, 01:13 PM
That is one docile horse. XD

My big guy will get up and move, probably only because he has a Thoroughbred as a pasture mate. One time they decided to race around the pasture, and Norman was nose-to-nose with my TB. I have never seen a draft horse haul a$$ like that. I wish I'd caught it on video. He could have gone to Saratoga and won.
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    06-19-2011, 02:31 PM
LOL, it seems like that is pretty much the norm with most drafty types. I hardly ever see my guy Rafe (BelgianXqh) doing more than an ambling walk in the pasture. Maybe a trot if he gets too far behind the rest of the herd. He'll be 2 next month. His momma is much the same way, though.

Then there is John, my perch, and his paint cross yearling foal, Taz. Taz is a little bit lazy but still has more umph than Rafe and John has a fair amount of getupandgo for as big as he is. I never had any trouble getting him to pick up the pace under saddle and it's not uncommon to see him trotting or loping/bucking around in turnout.
    06-19-2011, 02:41 PM
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Drafts were bred for their level headed, calm mannerism- much like what you're seeing in your colt- so yes. Most drafts are much more easy going than your average arab, quarterhorse, or thorougbred. Don't mistake calmness for laziness though! =]

On occasion you will find a draft with quite a bit of energy though. I used to ride a 18 year old shire mare who thought she was Man O' War. If she wanted to go somewhere, she was going to get there. And fast. She was one of the first horses to bolt with me xD

So, like everyone says- it does mostly depend on the horse. Breeding does have something to do with it though. And we should be thankful! Can you imagine a 18hh shire galloping madly around with you, thinking he was a 15hh thoroughbred?
    06-19-2011, 02:50 PM
^^LOL, too true.

My Dad always said that God knew what he was doing when he paired temperaments with size in the horse world. Just think what it would be like to try to handle 2000 pounds of shetland obnoxiousness or Arab flightyness LOL.
    06-20-2011, 02:26 PM
Mostly I have noticed that drafts arn't lazy but very easy going and mellow.
    06-20-2011, 04:39 PM
I caught Aires having a bit of a "yeehaw" in the turnout a couple of days ago while I was cleaning his stall. I heard pounding hooves, glanced up and there was my normally plodding boy galloping around and bucking. It lasted all of thirty seconds and then he was back to grazing. I wish I'd had my camera because no one believes me! Lol
    06-26-2011, 08:29 AM
My 11 month old Belgian colt is 15.3hh and already in an average horse sized halter, so don't feel bad about your guy being big for 2 years old lol.

My colt also is NOT the calm meandering kind. He is prancy and full of energy. If he doesn't get turned out for at least 4 hours a day, then he is a jerk off. He needs to be able to run and buck and rear and play and frick fart around. He's a good boy and well behaved, but, he does have a lot of energy that needs to be released every day. My uncles 1 month old Belgian filly is the same way, she runs all over the place all the time. My grandfathers two 10 and 13 year old Belgian geldings always give a buck and jump when they go out and play outside together all day...

So I guess it depends on the horse. But I like my horses with some spirit and spunk Makes them more fun lol.
    06-26-2011, 03:06 PM
My draft mare is almost 7 years old and is only 15.1 hh. She is very level-headed but she has a LOT of energy. As soon as I get my foot in stirrup and swing myself over she is already walking away. The only time I see her galloping and bucking in her pasture is when one of her friends is being ridden.
    06-29-2011, 10:22 AM
I think most people think they are lazy but really they are just heavier built than skinny horses, draft horses are the best!
My boss likes to remind people that when she used to go hunting everyone else would take their skinny elegant horses and she would take a big draft horse and she would have absolutely no problems and probably the only one back in one piece (or something like this).

But I rode a young draft horse the other day and it wasn't at all lazy they just aren't as sort of rushed feeling as a lighter horse would feel, for me anyway.
    06-29-2011, 11:00 AM
Now that Aires gets to be turned out with the other boys (he's gelded now), the only time I see him pick up the pace is when he's being chased by the other geldings. Yesterday, I actually saw him gallop, but that was because there were these two arab geldings that were being total bullies and pushing everyone around, even Aires' big 16.2hh 2yo half-brother, Petey.

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