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post #1 of 30 Old 09-18-2009, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Can Drafts do anything? barrels, reining, jumping etc. ?

I was wondering,

Can big sturdy draft horses run barrels, reining, jumping, bend their necks etc. ??

I was wondering, because I am interested in draft horses, I absolutely love them!
I am still unsure of what I want to do in horse riding, so I want a horse that would have potential for anything..

Would a draft/ cross beable to do anything with training? Or, are they too big and sturdy to bend their necks properly?

I am only 13, so If I decide I want to show, I would go to local fairs, and compete in barrels, polebending, western pleasure, halter, and maybe some english.
With my friends :)
I could care less if I win the class, I just want to have fun, but also, don't wanna look like a fool trotting around barrels :P

here is a horse for sale:
16.3hh Shire Draft Cross 13 yr old gelding.
Has only been ridden bareback with halter, as their tack doesn't fit him.

He is huge! enormous! His legs are short, but huge, and his body is huge! haha

He is built sort of like this:

I have seen clydesdales do jumping/dressage, but what about speed events?
Are they sort of fast?

Would something like this:

be able to do riding stuff easier..

than something like this??::

I would appreciate any input :) thanks!
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post #2 of 30 Old 09-18-2009, 01:10 AM
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Barrels and other speed events, you can do it, but don't expect to win. lol
My Clyde will be a trail horse. There are leagues out there specifically for draft horses, though. There's one group of women who shoot off of Clydesdales. If you're competing soley against other drafts, that's another story.
I used to compete with my 18hh OTTB. Yes, I was THE ONLY TB owner... ALWAYS, but I wasn't there to win. I was there for the fun and for my horse to get some experience being around a lot of people, horses, and loud noises.
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There was a clyde at the local fundays here it won many speed events bc there stride was four or five of ours lol

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Yeah, their stride can count for you, or against you. Many events don't have breed specs, but you will always have those that feel a draft doesn't belong in the competition because their stride outsteps most other horses. You might also run into a problem with something like poll-bending. Those polls aren't set up for a draft! hehe
Sorry! Forgot to answer your question. That white horse is built like a bull. lol I couldn't see that horse doing all that well in speed events. That horse looks built to pull.
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hehe. winning isn't a big deal.
I am all about having fun :)
But, they can canter/gallop still?

Say, in 3 yrs, i decided I wanted to do some dressage. Can drafts do okay in that?

thanks for your fast input! :)
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backinthesaddleagain -- hehe. the only draft horses I saw at the big fair here, was 2 clydes competing in english pleasure.
They were quite good! I was rooting for them! But they didn't place :(

hehe. I guess if I got a qh x draft or something.. that would do better in speed? haha

I dunno for some reason, I love drafts!
I went and looked at a horse last weekend, she was an appendix, 16hh, but quite small build...
Soo gentle, and friendly, perfect! We were gonna buy her, but then I felt wrong.. my conscience was telling me no..
I figured it must be because she's smaller.. she isnt tiny though! like a quarter horse :P i dunno whats wrong with me
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My BO does dressage with her Shire gelding. And our Shire/Perceron mare is our vaulting horse. So yeah, drafts are very capable of doing different riding disciplines.
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thats very cool!
You practice vaulting? Is he quite smooth or rough?

Here is the horse I was looking at:
Castanet Classifieds - Shire Draft Cross

xD thanks!
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My draft horse jumps. Low stuff, but that okay with me that he'll probably never jump higher that 2'3"/2'6", I really don't want to jump much higher lol. We do pretty good in cross country because we can go slower and still be at a good time because of his big strides.
I don't know about the reining or barrels, but I know they can do english.
Good luck finding a horse!
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If you want an all around horse, there's much better options out there than a heavy draft.
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