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        01-14-2009, 06:54 PM
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        01-14-2009, 08:42 PM
    I have a Clyde / TB cross and he's great, I adore him. He's my field hunter and eventer, and I really have a ball riding him. He's got a great temperament and is a little more forward than some of the other crosses I've worked with, but that's more him and his breeding (and I know his breeders so that's what I was looking for). I also have a few siblings of his that belong to clients and they are all just absolutely amazing. I love all of them :)

    Certainly not the speed and agility of my jumpers that are TBs but great even keel and wonderful for eventing.
        01-30-2009, 08:33 PM
    Temperament is everythin and as said before, you can get all different temperaments withing a given breed.

    If you get an older horse who has been and done virtually everything it will help you get your confidence.

    I love clydies and have met a few beautiful quiet ones, but really just look and look and don't discount anything just because it doesn't have a big price tag or sound pretty.

    You will know when you meet the right horse - I speak from experience after spending 6 months and hundreds of kilometres looking for my daughter. We also upset a few people I think by turning their horses down - and they were lovely quiet animals but if she wasn't going to get back on them, what was the point in taking them. Any of them would have done as a confidence builder but we had to find that special one - and we did.
    Cost $350 and was not particularly pretty but he was the most awesome confidence builder you could ever want.
        01-30-2009, 08:52 PM
    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.

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