01-30-2009, 09:52 PM
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I am not sure that a clyde would make a suitable beginner horse because they require that much more work to maintain. As stated above, they eat more and it is very hard to find a good farrier willing to work on one even if it is well trained. Also, if you are like me, you would have to have help anytime you wanted to ride. I have just started my percheron stud under saddle and I am too short to bridle or saddle him and he will not stand by a mounting block or anything yet. Plus you have to have specialized tack that you cannot use on any other horse if you decide to get something smaller. For a first horse, I would definitely go with something average sized that you can handle all by yourself like a QH or something similar.