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post #21 of 23 Old 06-29-2011, 11:53 AM
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My drafties are all crosses, so I can only speak from my own perspective. My gelding Claymore (in my avi) is a bit of a spitfire, but he can mind his manners well enough with a beginner. My mare Freyja (1/2 Shire 1/2 Paint) is a total, total dead head, lazy as they come, you have to wake her up to make her move. My two year old Finn, (3/4 Shire, 1/4 Paint), son of Freyja, is willing enough to go, but you do have to make him. He is level headed and very easy to handle. My other drafty, Finn's full sister Fiona is a spitfire again, and has a LOT of pep, she's the one out in the pasture tearing the place up and bucking and kicking up her heels 24.7. But she's just a yearling, she will very likely level out more with age. I do think drafties are more inclined to be laid back, but each horse is individual so as with anything there are no guarantees!

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post #22 of 23 Old 07-04-2011, 01:46 AM
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My draft cross gelding seems to be getting more energetic as he ages although it's different. When he was younger he and the other horses would play like wild things. Now that he's 7, he'll still play in the pasture but not as much. I used to have to lunge him before every ride to make sure he didn't buck. Now I don't have to do that anymore but sometimes he gets nervous or excited and will jig which is interesting. Never knew an 18 hd. horse could jig! Gives me hope though that if he can collect himself enough to do that, he can do more dressage than I thought. He loves cross country jumping too, definitely not lazy then!

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post #23 of 23 Old 07-09-2011, 07:37 AM
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I own three shires and a percheron cross. One of my shires is a stallion and he follows me around like an over sized puppy( he is 19hh) and the other three run, buck and play in the pastures before they get down to the serious buisness of eating. All the draft horses I have ever known have SOME get up and go but not much. Titan, my shire stallion, is one of the calmest drafts (and stallions) that I have ever met.
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