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post #1 of 13 Old 01-06-2009, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Clydesdale as trail horse

Our BO was recently given a Clyde. Anybody ever use one as a trail horse?

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One of the forums I regularly post on which happens to be a draft horse forum has I would guess about 3/4 of their drafts as trail horses many of which are clydes. If you pm me, I can give you the link to that site. Loads of people there to answer all your questions.
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haha I LOVE my clyde cross and took him on a trail once and it was awful. While he was good, I live in a wooded area, and standing at nearly 17.3hh, I got clocked with tree branches and cobwebs that were well out of reach of everyone else on the trail (on Arabs and TBs lol!). He was very well behaved and had a ball, just be aware of the height factor for anyone going on trails in wooded areas!

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There is this guy at my barn who trains all his horses to be ridden in the city (kinda like a city trail ride) and he has TBs and other breeds, he just got a Clydesdale a few years back and she is perfect!!!! He literately walks down the street and all over the city one her! But he said that Clydes that are trained in dressage are a lot better than those trained for driving---they are more tempermental. But Grace makes an awesome trail horse, she doesnt even flinch at cars passing by, well she is probably bigger than some of them!

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Well, at the horse camp I worked at for the past two years we had several drafts and draft crosses that we used for trail. None of them where Clydes, most were Belgiums and Percherons but I don't see how a Clyde would be much different. We got a lot of public day trail riders and we would use the drafts for the larger people. Many of the drafts were used for staff as outriders on the trails, they are the best. Though you do have to watch your head a little bit more, they have no problem getting over logs and ditches and they plow right through the water and mud without a second thought. My favorite horse there was a massive Belgium cross name Micheal. He was THE BEST outrider and had the sweetest, most layed back temperment. We have one camper that comes each year that is about 20 years old and is mentally handicaped and we put him on Micheal. Mike takes such good care of him and makes the camper so happy.

Give the Clyde a try, you might just find your new favorite trail mount :).

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Give the Clyde a try, you might just find your new favorite trail mount :).
I just wonder if it'd be like riding a small car.

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One of the forums I regularly post on which happens to be a draft horse forum has I would guess about 3/4 of their drafts as trail horses many of which are clydes. If you pm me, I can give you the link to that site. Loads of people there to answer all your questions.
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I think the only problem with riding a draft on the trail is, you would have to watch the space between the trees. Knocking your knee caps on trees would be much easier
I would love to have a draft for trails, knee knocker or not.


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I rode a Clyde in the black hills a few years ago when I went on a trip with a girlfriend. She was great.. This mare is now my friends granddaughters trail horse. The child started riding the mare at age 3, if that. The horse is in her early 20's now I believe. They are bestest buds. I really enjoyed riding her tho she was so tall I had to use a picnic table or a pickup bed to get on her. I rode her bareback(on the flat) one evening. OMG, such comfort.

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My gelding is a draft cross, probably clyde and he is a wonderful trail horse although I agree that at 17.3 you don't have as much overhead clearance and if you get off or have an unexpected dismount, it is harder to get back on. He is very nimble, brave and strong, really enjoys it, often he behaves better than the other rider's horses although he is only 4 yrs. Old, no goofy, tempermental behavior, always the same horse you rode the last time. Depends on the horse too, but he has a great, ground covering walk, smooth jog and trot. Haven't gotten to cantering on trails yet!

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