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    03-02-2009, 08:55 PM
clydsdale lovers

Hello Everyone,
this is my first real post here. I bought my first horse "Lilly" this past May. Lilly is a 10 year old Clydsdale Mare, she was a former Amish horse. She is broke for driveing and (now) is broke for rideing. I had no horse knowlege and now with the help of a great trainer and lots of lessons we are quite the pair.

About a month ago I even started rideing her all by myself! We are haveing a great time!!!! She is very very gentle and patient with me. I honestly think she enjoys her new life as a rideing horse after all her hard work as a amish horse.

People just go nuts when they see someone rideing a draft. My barn is full of quarter horses so she is a real stand out. I do take some flak for rideing a draft. I can not tell you how many times I have heard that she is ment for driveing and not rideing. I rode a quarter horse for lessons and I do see the difference. She is a pick up truck not a sports car, but I love her for what she is.

So do any of you Draft lovers out there experience anything like this?
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    03-03-2009, 10:14 AM
I wish I knew, I bough a clyde about 2 months ago and well she's only comming on 2 so yea no ridding yet, and my belgian I just got him back he was used by the amish as well and he don't understand the cues for ridding yet. But major congrats on your new addition. =)
    03-03-2009, 01:52 PM
Hello Belgian lover......thanks for the response!

I love your horses, I checked out your pics! A good trainer goes a long way when you are new to this as I am. Lilly has come so far so fast. We have only been working with this trainer for a few months and I tell you he has worked miracles.

I do think we face some breed discrimination (Lilly and I)
As a new rider people just thought I was crazy for getting a draft but she is so gentle and as even tempered as I could wish for. I don 't know if any horse can be 100% bomb proof but she seems to be a perfect match for my lack of experience.

Did I see in your pic that you were just rideing in a halter? Like I said I am very new to this so I may be wrong so please excuse my lack of experience.

I would love to chat with anyone who rides drafts because in my neck of the woods I am feeling so loanly in this adventure. I can not tell you how many people on a daily basis try to talk me into giveing her up and getting a more suitable horse. I do not understand, she is great and calm and sweet and a fast learner so I can not see what the problem is

People always say that she must be a uncomfortable ride but I do not see what the problem is (its my butt) any one with any insight feel free to clue me in

I did everything wrong when buying a horse. I just wanted a horse and had no knowlege and just jumped in head first. It all worked out, thank god! And now I see what a big chance I took. Everyone at my barn (about 80 people) all know I am new and I am not sure if it my lack of experience or what but I am so tired of hearing how cute she is and then in the next let me know when you want a real horse......I know just the person. UGH :(
    03-03-2009, 08:42 PM
I 100% prefer a draft horse over any regular breed. I just love the bulk and shear power of them =D. If I don't get a mule first I'll definitely get a draft =D.
I personally don't like QH's anyway, they all look alike to me. =/ realize you HAVE to post pictures when you mention you got a new horse right? I'm pretty sure its a law.
    03-04-2009, 01:07 AM
Hi Lilly Clydesdale,

I own a clydesdale mare who we show in harness and also is ridden.
We believe riding our harness horses is a very important part of their training programmes.

Don't be phased your big horse is like a truck. We refer to riding our clydesdale to a truck also.

Over here in Australia there is a dressage rider who also rides a clydesdale. View there website for some of there successes.

Hope this gives you some incentives to there capabilities.


    03-04-2009, 03:43 AM
Welcome here and to the wonderful world of horses :) Would love to see photos of your girl, clydes are gorgeous! I happen to prefer not to ride drafts, but only because I like horses 14h and smaller ;) Draft ponies are good though ;) But I do love drafts! And I get the same discrimination as you, as I prefer ponies over "regular" horses... same kind of thing, just the opposite end of the heigh spectrum ;)
    03-04-2009, 08:47 AM
Yea in some of my pics he does just have a halter on, at the time I hadn't got my bridle for him, but even in just halter he was good, now if we could just get him to "Go' lol. Personally I say don't worrie about what other people say, its your decision not theirs. Who knows maybe its a jelious thing that they don't have the courage to ride a draft after all that sure is a long way down lol Just keep doing what your doing and make sure you are happy not them. I can't waite to see pics as well. I might be going for a ride tomorrow so i'll be posting pics as well. Good luck and and if you ever want to talk im here. =)
    03-04-2009, 07:58 PM
Most people around my area are really interested in my big guy and think he is neat. I did have a saddle fitter ask me what I planned on doing with him and when I said "Low level eventing" she said "On that thing?!!" which I thought was kind of rude but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I just try to remember the positives and those are the majority of comments. I love him and that's what counts. I love his mind and that is really the most important part of a horse anyways. Hang tough and enjoy your girl :)
    03-04-2009, 08:44 PM
I ride 2 drafts. I'm very tiny being only 5 foot 1 and being only 120 lbs and people see me on the big draft horses they look at me and laugh until I get them to canter and gallop and then they shut up. When I move in with my bf hopefully if I'm still with him I'm going to buy him a clyde or belgian draft. I myself have a TB. I do know how it feels like when I ride the drafts though. Most people think there only used for amish and machine work. I know plenty of draft horses that are used for jumping and hunter. Some in lower level dressage and others in just trail.
    03-04-2009, 09:23 PM
Thank You everyone! Maybe I am just over sensative :(

She is doing great and that is all that matters I love her and just as soon as my husband gets some time he will help me post some pics! I can't wait to share them with everyone.

After seeing Belgian lovers big boy I think that is my new dream horse.....maybe Lilly will need a buddy or my husband will need a horse........hmmmm are horses like tatoos?

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