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post #21 of 23 Old 03-09-2010, 11:44 PM
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I'm not a very knowledgeable draft person, but I can tell you about my Percheron mare that I got in June...

1.) She is extremely intelligent. She exploits my lack of experience whenever it suits her, so I'm very lucky that she's not an agressive/dangerous horse. However, she's also a very quick learner and knows exactly what she's doing wrong when she misbehaves, which are two things I love about her.

2.) She tries so hard to do the right thing. Usually when she gets something wrong, it's because she doesn't understand what is being asked of her.

3.) She needs a very clear leader. When I got her, she was confident and not spooky at all. However, a situation made her lose her trust in me, and for a few weeks she was spooky, difficult to handle, and disrespectful of me because she no longer saw me in charge. After a few major battle rides, she began to respect me again. That was back in August, and I think that her trust is only starting to build again now.

4.) Finding tack has been a nightmare. This might only be because I'm in Canada so most of the stuff had to be shipped from the US, but it was really inconvenient either way.
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post #22 of 23 Old 04-11-2010, 09:08 PM
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I leased a belgianx for a very long time and he had the most amazing gaits! He also is so so calm and was just all around an amazing horse. I would suggest a draft for sure. they are just amazing animals
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post #23 of 23 Old 04-12-2010, 03:46 AM
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As has been said, a draft cross is probably better, but full drafts do make better jump/dressage horses than you might think!

I rode a Clydesdale X Thoroughbred called Billy once, who was considered by my riding instructor to be her ultimate jumping horse.

Having said that, she entered him in a local dressage comp, and he came second. Not bad for his first time!


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