What does hay cost per month for your draft and what are do you live in? I've read they eat twice as much as an average horse... is this true in your case?
They do NOT
eat more than a draft horse unless they are pullers that need the extra calories/energy. My boy eats 3 flakes a day 2x a day - same as the TB's in our barn. Do you have trouble finding a farrier that will work on a draft?
Yep, complete and utter nightmare. I called every number in the phone book and then I got desperate and offered to pay mileage. Finally our barn farrier took mercy on me and ended up really enjoying working with Solon. I bought him the HoofJack with the draft horse cradle and larger nippers/rasps. Farriers will be the most difficult part of full draft ownership, but when you find one, it's great! What brand saddle do you use?
when I use a saddle I use an all purpose English saddle with a 10" gullet. You can find them on eBay
. I'll be getting a western saddle off of eBay from Frontier Equestrians. They have good quality, low cost draft saddles (all styles aussie, english, dressage, western). Can you recommend a very mild draft bit for training?
When I'm not using Dr. Cook's Bitless Bridle I use a low-port 6" Kimberwicke. It's a really nice bit for the big guys.
If you have a trailer, what kind do you have?
Solon eventually outgrew the horse trailer. I thought I had a pretty tall trailer but he kept growing. So depending on what age of horse you have be careful with what you buy!!! Solon had his last growth spurt after he turned 7.
ETA: be careful of the snaffle bits. They are not always the best ones for the big guys. I spoke with several draft horse teams when I first got Solon and none of them recommended using one. So that's how I got to use the low port Kimberwicke. It's been a dream but mostly I use bitless.