And expecting to do pony club on a pure Clydesdale might see you laughed out of the place... They are really too tall for anything like mounted games, as well as having far too high a centre of balance for it, and whilst many Clydesdales and Clydesdale crosses jump and do dressage, it isn't to say every one will, as they aren't built for it and are bred to be more on the forehand than other breeds.
They eat A MASSIVE AMOUNT, you'll need specially sized rugs, tack (bridles especially you'll probably have to order in, and seriously don;t assume a saddle for a 16hh TB will fit a Clydesdale that is probably twice as wide) and remember that an ordinary sized stable won't be comfortable for a full sized clydesdale for long periods of time either.
The farrier point is a good one - outsize shoes and the fact that they have to deal with all that feather and the likelihood of something that weighs 3/4 ton+ leaning on them... and that's if they're well behaved.
And handling tall horses is very different from very tall and very heavily built ones like Clydesdales. Especially young Clydesdales. Oh, and worth investing in steel toe boots if you haven;t already got them - even with my proper protective leather boots I got a broken foot when one stood on me by accident.And because they're so docile and not as reactive as something like a TB, they didn't realise they were standing on me, and I didn;t have enough leverage to move them over...
And if you're going to attempt jumping etc, I'd recommend a decent body protector. It's a long way to fall, let alone if you get fired.
Not to be negative, but I've known a few people buy Clydesdales who really weren't prepared for all this, and subsequently the poor horses have sat in a field with their owners nervous of handling them and too scared to ride.... and it's so sad, as they're lovely horses!
Oh, and $3k is nothing. A decent bred Clydesdale here will fetch £7k (around $12k US i think?) for a fresh-broke two-year-old with no training, and the minute they have the training put in the prices skyrocket...
Last edited by minstrel; 03-29-2012 at 08:30 AM.