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post #11 of 18 Old 02-01-2009, 10:32 PM
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Nope, he jumped just a tad bit when Dad threw the saddle up there the first time, but never tried to buck or bolt. The hardest time I have is keeping him going when he gets tired. LOL.
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post #12 of 18 Old 08-16-2009, 09:03 PM
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I agree with Solon. Groundwork is very important but ground work is more than leading the horse around. It is teaching it to stand without pushing on you, teaching it to back, to yield the hindquarters and to move the shoulder over for you too. If you do a lot of groundwork the horse will be that much better when you get on it. You use the same methods for a draft type that youwould use for any other horse. It is so nice seeing them shape up and turn into a horse that knows how to turn with little more than a light touch. Be patient and you will have a great horse.

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post #13 of 18 Old 08-19-2009, 01:37 PM
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Nope, he jumped just a tad bit when Dad threw the saddle up there the first time, but never tried to buck or bolt. The hardest time I have is keeping him going when he gets tired. LOL.
I know just what you mean. My legs get a good workout at keeping Duke going lol
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post #14 of 18 Old 08-19-2009, 06:04 PM
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The last time that I rode him, I finally got the nerve up to put my spurs on. It is amazing, where he was sluggish to any hardness of leg cues before, I only had to brush him with a spur and he would respond wonderfully. Unfortunately, I have not ridden him since about February as he grew wider and my saddle fits about as well as a 34" bra on a whale. LOL. A new saddle is not in my budget at this time but fortunately, his training will wait.
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post #15 of 18 Old 08-20-2009, 09:50 AM
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Yours too! My perch cross gelding turned 5 in June and suddenly my extra wide saddle is leaving white marks on him so I can't ride until I get it refitted...... I was hoping he was done!

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post #16 of 18 Old 08-20-2009, 03:31 PM
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one of the biggest differences to remember is that if the horse is used to be working in a harness..its also used to working in blinders. useing a riding bridle with not blinders opens up a whole new world for them.
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post #17 of 18 Old 08-23-2009, 09:44 AM
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It depends more on the individual. My guy picks up on new training like a dream. He actually responds better to voice aids on the lunge line than my 10 year old Thoroughbred, and my big guy is only 5. Most drafts I've met are extremely patient and quiet, and intelligent to boot. I think they're a lot easier to work with temperament-wise because they're so mellow. Norman never bucked or reared or freaked out when he was just starting to ride. You just have to be careful because a lot of them don't realize how strong they are and you need to instill manners in them from day one.

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post #18 of 18 Old 08-25-2009, 02:48 PM
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Also, don't forget he's still a baby, even if he's twice the size of a regular horse. I forget that sometimes, when he's being spooky or a brat they are still very young mentally.
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