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  • Beauseant & epona & my son
  • Very wide horse hard to ride

 
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    06-08-2011, 10:34 PM
  #11
Banned
Dunno why it's harder for a woman, in general, to sit a wide draft....but our BO is an avid eventer/dressage competitor.....very slim, limber and agile as she is a competing horsewoman.....and she said riding Epona was painful and threw her center of balance off. She is about 5 ft. 5in.

She said that epona has no withers whatsoever, and that she is so wide that it felt like she was doing a split.

I also DID say my son also complains of thigh and leg pain when riding after a long layoff, so it's not just a woman thing. However, a mans legs are sometimes, oftentimes, longer than a woman's and therefore more able to wrap around a horse with a wide girth. They are also thicker and more muscular, in general.

Generally speaking.

I suspect alot has to do with muscle conditioning and agility....HOWEVER, the length of the human leg also plays a part. A short person, man or woman, would find it difficult to ride Epona as it would feel like you were trying to balance on a beach ball.....and leg aids would be difficult at best.
     
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    06-08-2011, 11:09 PM
  #12
Showing
LOL, I can imagine how it would be much harder to keep the proper head/hip/heel alignment on such a wide horse, but I don't think it is that much harder if you ride like me with a slight chair seat.
     
    06-09-2011, 07:37 AM
  #13
Weanling
Good points that I didn't even really consider. I'm not overly flexible and a very wide horse could be difficult to manage with my already finicky hip. I fell off a horse a few years back, landed wrong and my hip has never been the same.

I found a few Draft crossed here in Alberta that I like the look of, and might try out. One is a smaller draft crossed with a Quarter Horse (or so the seller thought). He stands about 15.2hh tall. If I remember correctly (can't find the ad right now), he had a bulky Quarter Horse-type build, but with a bit of feather. Very interesting look to him.
     
    06-09-2011, 08:06 AM
  #14
Foal
American Cream Drafts, Suffolks, Halflingers, and also Fjords are all smaller sized drafts. Halflingers and Fjords rarely get over 14.2hh and Creams and Suffolks don't usually get over 15.3hh... And they're all really beautiful horses. I have Belgians, and I ride them, but I learned how to ride on Belgians and growing up, I never had a "pony" (meaning not draft horse in my family lol, everything looks like a pony next to a draft) so I made due. So it isn't awkward for me, it's actually more comfortable for me. But I can understand how someone who is use to riding a more narrow horse would be uncomfortable. Wintec makes a nice Wide saddle that fits the wide horse, but helps the rider feel more balanced. Good luck with your search and CONGRATS on making the excellent choice to become a Draft Horse-aholic.... I'm warning you, once you have one, you'll be addicted and will need another... and another... and another...
     
    06-09-2011, 08:31 AM
  #15
Foal
Even though you want something with draft in it, I think quarter horses are the way to go, especially if your nervous. Most quarter horses, that arent sprint bred, are quite thick, and have alot of bone. They only reach around 15hh, so this may be an alternative, as they arent so big! (: I have three quarter horses, and their temperament is great. They are quiet, and easy to anything with, but can get up and go when needed.

Hopefully you find something!! (:
     
    06-12-2011, 02:44 PM
  #16
Started
I think a Gypsy Horse would suit you well. Most are between 13.2 and 14.2, give or take a few inches either end. You must remember though, that a 14 hand draft of any kind, is a lot more horse than say a 14 hand Arabian. Not in temperament, but in body and bone. Many people, having come from other breeds to Gypsies, looked around until they found taller horses. Many finally sold their taller Gypsy Horses and settled for something about 14-14.2.

Gypsies are most usually, extremely quiet and easy. Not much given to wildness and train up nicely. Pretty forgiving to their novice owners. Go see some and take a ride. You might fall in love.

Lizzie
     
    06-12-2011, 03:03 PM
  #17
Banned
Pretty horse in your avatar, feathered feet.

What is it?
     
    06-12-2011, 03:17 PM
  #18
Started
That is Harlequin Farms Playboy, a Gypsy Horse stallion my daughter owned. She sold him recently. He's a beautiful boy and I'm glad you like him. He came from Clononeen Farms in England. His sire is now in Canada.

Lizzie
     
    06-12-2011, 03:58 PM
  #19
Trained
Waves at Courtney, hi neighbor, I'm over here in Saskatchewan, near Regina, if you want to come visit some Haflingers, then come for a visit
     
    06-14-2011, 01:29 PM
  #20
Foal
I've always been told if you're searching for a draft, percherons are the calmest. I was interested in getting a draft and ended up with two perches. They really are wonderful horses. I have one that stands at 18hh and her two year old daughter is almost 18hh. Though very large, they're are the sweetest, calmest, most easy to train horses I've ever owned or worked with. I highly reccomend the breed!
     

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