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Can Drafts do anything? barrels, reining, jumping etc. ?

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  • Why draft horses shouldn't jump

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    09-18-2009, 09:16 PM
Not really they shouldn't jump because it's WAAY to much work for them because they are heavy footed. They may be able to if they are a mix breed
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    09-18-2009, 10:47 PM
not really they shouldn't jump because it's WAAY to much work for them because they are heavy footed. They may be able to if they are a mix breed
I don't think so O_o I have seen some pretty amazing draft jumpers. They didn't look like they were struggling..

It would be harder for big drafts built to pull, maybe.. but for long legged clydes, and percherons.. its prob fine ;]

    09-18-2009, 11:21 PM

    09-19-2009, 12:12 AM
I'm glad you feel he's good for you! Hope everything goes well :)
    09-19-2009, 12:49 AM
Drafteventer -- thank you! I sure hope so too! So, I'm pretty sure we are getting a vet check on him, then if he passes, we will get him!
Not 100% sure.. but I think so! X)
    09-19-2009, 12:52 AM
I think he sounds good for you. If you are mainly doing local shows just for fun, I think you guys could grow together :) I have seen Draft/TB crosses run barrels and place! Also I VA I knew a Morgan/Percheron cross the could jump fences like a dream one day and pole bend the nest. Drafts CAN be versatile, you just need to take the time to train and condition them.
    09-19-2009, 02:27 AM
Thanks :)
I think he would be suitable for anything with a bit of arena work.. he just needs to get out of the dude horse state of mind :P

But, once he's over that, we will do awesome together!
    09-20-2009, 04:23 PM
My freind has a draft and he can't bend his neck because he was used by the omish to pull carts and he had that big collar on him so he could only bend his neck about 2 inches at most.and he is super slow.i would go for a draft/quarter horse cross they are usually pretty big and some of them are great for dressgae.
    09-24-2009, 09:12 PM
Drafts can do just about any English discipline. I plan on doing hunter jumping and dressage with my big guy.

I suppose you could do speed/agility events with them, but you won't win.
    09-25-2009, 12:21 AM
Originally Posted by horseluver50    
thats very cool!
You practice vaulting? Is he quite smooth or rough?
I've only done vaulting a few times, but they're fairly smooth. Not choppy-strided like I expected a draft to be.
Roxy, vaulting.

Gabriel, first show.

I hope he passes his vet check! :)

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