The horse to in my picture is 1/2 percheron and he would pick up the blues in hunter/jumper ring every time. Loved to jump and just floated on the flat. So in my opinion get a cross. Percherons tend to have more suspension in their gait than some other draft breeds.
Gentle giants are made, not born. That's the biggest thing to remember about them. That said, they do very well in all the disciplines. Trail, dressage, jumping. Sure there are horses that will do better in some of these areas, but they will give you everything they have!
A draft can do just as good in any performance rideing as any of the warmbloods, even in jumping. They are genraly really calm, through id watch out if you wanted to look at a belgiun, they can be runaway horses. Percherons move very well of the hind end and can collect really nice. The only thing that would be a pain (and very sad) is that you would have to shave the beautiful feathering off of the feet.
If you want a great dressage horse but don't want it to waigh in at 2500lbs, look in to a sport horse. Alot of ferisian/throbreds and the like have all the beauty of a draft and the manuverabilaty of a warmblood.
First off I love drafts and draft crosses. My barn breeds the best tb/perch crosses that are the perfect hunter horses. They also do well in dressage too. My mare is "hot" for a draft and not all are this big calm teddy bear. That's a picture of my mare she's 3/4 Perch 1/4 QH. Best horse I've ever owned. *Please look past my EQ I'm just getting back into jumping and I'm still weak*
Hi! I'm looking for a horse to do dressage with and I saw some riders on draft breeds that actually did pretty good. Is this true or should I look at a different breed? I heard drafts have a pretty calm personality, which is something I'm looking for. Well, Thanks for any information you can give me!
I don't know much about dressage but this is what I reckon anyway:
If it's for jumping: No.
If it's for a companion: Yes.
If it's for other dressage stuff other than jumping: OK. Maybe.
Most of the best jumping bloodlines here in New Zealand have a Clydie base. It is hard to go past a CLyde/TB cross for jumping, they make great sport horses. I agree that draft x's make for better dressage prospects than a full draft but it depends on what the rider wants to achieve. My mare is 3/4 draft and moves beautifully and I think that if I wanted to get into dressage she could be a serious competiter.
Just a note you shouldn't have to clip the feather off a Percheron, they are one of the few draft breeds that do not have feather. My girl has no feather as she is half Suffolk Punch which is another featherless breed. So if you have a Perch with feathered feet then there must be something else in the mix.
IMO, I would probably look for a draft cross if I was competing. I have a clydesdale. She isn't under saddle yet, but I can tell you she has an amazing temperment. Very curious and unafraid (which is great, but you often has to work on sensitizing them). All the drafts I'm in pasture with at my facility are big teddy bears (another clyde, a percheron, and the most affectionate, the shire). It's important to have a lot of confidence with these beasts, though... Something I'm still working on. They, like any other horse, have their bad days. Dealing with their attitude is a lot different than a smaller horse if you lack confidence. I have the hardest time worming my girl. I'm 6'1" tall, but she's still a heck of a lot taller than me when she decides to throw her head! Lol. Can't wait till she goes in for pro training. It's always good to have someone around that can help... Someone that has experience with drafts. Posted via Mobile Device
I agree that a draft cross would be better. Almost all pure drafts are built "downhill", which means basically that most of their weight is in front, great for pulling, not so good for dressage and jumping, where the horse has to engage and thrust from the hind end. The only draft I've seen that might be successful is a Percheron...they are not very downhill. Draft blood can make great qualities in a horse, though, such as large bone, good feet and a sound mind. Keep in mind that all horses are different, though, and while crossbreeds can be great horses, some seem to inherit just the bad qualities of each breed!
I agree that a draft cross would be better. Almost all pure drafts are built "downhill", which means basically that most of their weight is in front, great for pulling, not so good for dressage and jumping, where the horse has to engage and thrust from the hind end.
Not the case in my experience, my pure shire is definitely built uphill...there's a reason that shire and clydesdale crosses are becoming popular for dressage, because they have such good paces and many are built uphill.