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Can Drafts Do Endurance Rides?

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    10-04-2009, 07:59 PM
  #11
Weanling
Oh thanks Brighteyes! I'll have to go and research about Mules and maybe buy one! Stupid people huh?

Morgan's are beautiful aren't they? :]
     
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    10-04-2009, 08:08 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Under-researched Horse Person + Mule = Living Hell XD


And I do love me some morgans. My BO has a friend who has one, and he's the sweetest thing, and amazingly smart!
     
    10-04-2009, 09:58 PM
  #13
Showing
I don't know much about Morgans. Though I am sure that they would do fine in the lower levels. I agree with Cat about draft horses though, it would take them far too long to cool down at the checkpoints and if the trail is complex, their grace (or lack thereof) may come into play and make it dangerous. I don't know about anyone else but my drafty is incredibly clumsy and stumbles all the time on flat ground.

I agree with Miko too, Mustangs make wonderful endurance horses. I have 2 and even after a very long hard day of working cattle, mine have much more energy and get up and go than any of the other horses there. Plus, they are just designed and bred to go farther at a more steady pace over rough terrain than most other horse breeds. They are sure footed and level headed.
     
    10-05-2009, 12:15 AM
  #14
Started
Gaited breeds also do well in endurance.
     
    10-05-2009, 05:02 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
I don't know much about Morgans. Though I am sure that they would do fine in the lower levels. I agree with Cat about draft horses though, it would take them far too long to cool down at the checkpoints and if the trail is complex, their grace (or lack thereof) may come into play and make it dangerous. I don't know about anyone else but my drafty is incredibly clumsy and stumbles all the time on flat ground.

I agree with Miko too, Mustangs make wonderful endurance horses. I have 2 and even after a very long hard day of working cattle, mine have much more energy and get up and go than any of the other horses there. Plus, they are just designed and bred to go farther at a more steady pace over rough terrain than most other horse breeds. They are sure footed and level headed.
Guess I didn't do enough research about draft's huh? Well, now I know! Just goes to show - You learn something new every day! I'll do my research about Mustang's now.
     
    10-05-2009, 05:05 PM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
Under-researched Horse Person + Mule = Living Hell XD


And I do love me some morgans. My BO has a friend who has one, and he's the sweetest thing, and amazingly smart!
Hahaha, lol. But Mule's are good... I researched them and I think they are pretty good! Do you recommend any good Mule selling websites?

That's why I suggested Morgan's! There one of my favourite breeds also!
     
    10-05-2009, 05:24 PM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by HorsePride    
Hahaha, lol. But Mule's are good... I researched them and I think they are pretty good! Do you recommend any good Mule selling websites?


That's why I suggested Morgan's! There one of my favourite breeds also!
Lol, mules are great if you're prepared enough. As far as websites, the only I really like it Hawleywood's Mule Farm. Check out the site:
Hawleywoods Mule Farm
     
    10-05-2009, 05:28 PM
  #18
Trained
The problem with Mules is they are too smart for most people. There were two mules at the last endurance ride I went to, and they did pretty darn good.

I've done very short ones (25-50) with my quarter horse and been top 5.
     
    10-05-2009, 06:34 PM
  #19
Zab
Yearling
Well trained standardbreds are great endurance horses as well, they have the typr of muscles that's good for a fast and long ride. But they need to be well educated to last in the long run, especially if raced before. Well all horses need to be well educated but somehow it's often overlooked with standies.

If you want to do endurance just for fun, use any horse you'd like :) But a draft isn't likely to win or go very high in the levels.
About drafts stumbeling..they're usually just lazy. I've ridden several ''stumbly'' drafts but they don't have any problems on rough terrain and certainly wont just fall down and kill you.
     
    10-05-2009, 09:11 PM
  #20
Yearling
I agree that a smaller, lighter horse is going to be better for endurance. My draft gelding does fine picking his way over rocky, hilly trails but he's not that fast and hauling his significant weight has to be a disadvantage. We've done 4 hour rides, not for speed and he does fine but he definitely doesn't have the endurance of our POA pony!
     

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