I have a clyde mare who is a combination. 16.3, so not huge, but a size 8 shoe. She wears normal large horse tack, but a 6" bit. Her gaits are very easy. Like riding a carrousel horse, there is a good up and down, but no bump at the bottom. She will carry my DH on a trail ride, I can make her look like a 2nd level dressage horse, or we can drive her pulling a wagon almost anywhere.
She is not a dead head, and while she will take care of a simple person, she will also carry someone who is not paying attention back into the barn. She must be TOLD what to do. She does not care to wander aimlessly on her own.
She really does not eat much more than any other horse I have(13 others), but she drinks twice as much water. My new trimmer does her feet for the same price as all the rest, but when I had shoes on her, the draft guy charged $200 for hot shoes, and he used leather pads. Really nice, but not necessary.
Last edited by greentree; 05-12-2016 at 07:50 PM.