We (my Dad and I) have had him since he was a yearling. We got him and his mate (initially bought as a driving team) for $800 at a draft horse sale. Both were registered but the mare that we bought ended up getting snakebit (IN NOVEMBER?????) and passed away. She was carrying a colt at the time. We have no serious plans to breed but are a little reluctant to cut him because he is one of the few stout, well bred, and registered Percheron studs in America that I know of. He would make an excellent breeding stud but with the market, there are already too many unwanted horses. I would kinda like to get him cut but kinda not. LOL Curse my indecision. He has not shown any studly tendencies under saddle or harness so I think it is okay to leave him for the time being. I love big horses. One of the first memories I have of a genuine jaw-dropping sight was at the same sale I got him at but I was only about 7 at the time. My dad and I were walking around looking for some harness and all of a sudden, this giant clydesdale walked into the sale barn. On his back, sitting in her perfect little saddle was a kid no older than me and quite a bit smaller. She looked like a little blonde mouse sitting on an elephant. LOL. I was so jealous because I wanted a big horse like that to show off. I guess I got my wish.
The very first draft horse I ever saw was in sandiego california and it was a budweiser draft. ANd I just fell in love. Since then I never thought I would ever own a clyde they are so expensive, but all the worth the money I believe. So I found a belgian and bough him at 9 months. I did as much work as I could and then had a friend train him to ride at 2 but I had to move back to cali so I had to sell him. He has been with amish since and I go see him as much as I can. They have been taking good care of him but not his feet. But i'm getting him back hopefully in a few weeks, but boy the money i'm going to have to spend on fixing his feet =) anyways I plan on retraining him and ridding him. This filly i'm thinking about not training till about 3 but alot of people say do it at two, not sure caus ei would also like to breed her and the clyde breeders are saying they start at three so i'm not really sure what im doing wth her. If I do breed her I will be keeping the colts or giving it to my sister. It will not be sold. Ok well sorry I've talked everyones ears off lol thanks for reading. =)
If it was me, I would wait until at least 3 1/2 or 4 before starting them under saddle and then only lightly. It does take drafts longer to mature and their bodies are still like little kids at 2. If you want to get them started under saddle, what you can do is put a light weight trail saddle on them and pony them on trail rides. I would give her until about 6 to breed so that she will be fully grown. Carrying a baby puts a lot of stress on their body. I can't wait to see pix of you belgian if you get him back. I wonder why the amish people have not been taking better care of his feet, they normally take excellent care of their horses. Huh, IDK.