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    05-13-2011, 12:16 AM
  #21
Banned
Our Belgian mare is a complete cuddle bug. Gentle and sweet..... with us, that is.

Before we bought her, her "trainer" was very aggressive with her and basically tried to intimidate her into behaving....the result was that the trainer got thrown against the wall with alot of force. It's a wonder she wasn't hurt or killed. Epona has reared at two people and tried to buck one rider off...all this before we bought her. When we bought her because her owner who had boarded her at our barn abandoned her, we knew about her reputation at our barn....but we had spent alot of time with her, and she was never aggressive or wild to us. We decided that we would buy her and work with her OUR way....

A year and a half later: she is a gentle and lovable cream puff that you can cuddle with. She is steady mannered, calm and very very sane.

It took one of the other boarders MONTHS to even go NEAR Epona after we bought her.... now the other boarder LOVES her.

Epona went from being the barn demon to the barn angel...
     
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    05-17-2011, 09:18 PM
  #22
Yearling
Best horses there are!
(assuming this is a thread inviting opinions..... :'D )
     
    05-20-2011, 01:13 PM
  #23
Weanling
I just adopted Hugo. He is a Percheron cross who was bottle raised (nurse mare foal). Hugo is a 4 year old, 17hh, 1000 lb. Puppy without a mean bone in his body. Bossy? He has moments but he is an adolescent. My job is teaching him that bossy isn't welcomed and I rule the barn.

Most companion animals are reflections of those who care for them.
     
    05-30-2011, 12:53 AM
  #24
Foal
The drafts I've know have all been easy going and sweet, not to say that there aren't those with "attitudes", but the same can be said for any breed of animal. They all have their own personalities.

Allegro, my Percheron, is a big puppy dog and thinks he's the size of a Chihuahua. If he could, he'd be a lap dog, that's not to say that he hasn't had his moments.

He tested me quite a bit when I first got him - tried to drag me around, didn't have much respect while leading, would pin his ears when asked to do something he didnt want to and even threatened to bite a few times. He wasn't bad, but he did test me. Now he knows who the boss is and he's a big marshmellow, who loves,loves,loves to be petted.
     
    05-30-2011, 01:39 AM
  #25
Foal
I actually had an awsome experiance with a draft horse last weekend. It was my first show with my new horse, and she was freaking out and bucking, so I didnt want to get on her, and I ended up stressing and crying and I missed my class. So I went back to the farm I keep my horse back, silly new horse in tow, and put her back in her paddock. Then I was leaving and the lady who keeps her two horse, on draft asked me if I was OK and if riding her draft would make me feel better. So I jumped on bareback and we rode out in the field and it was the best ride in a long time! He had the most comfortable back and his neck was held so high he was at the perfect hugging point!!! It definitely made me feel better and I now love him and cannot wait to ride him again!
     
    05-31-2011, 11:26 AM
  #26
Weanling
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Originally Posted by AllegroAdante    
The drafts I've know have all been easy going and sweet, not to say that there aren't those with "attitudes", but the same can be said for any breed of animal. They all have their own personalities.

Allegro, my Percheron, is a big puppy dog and thinks he's the size of a Chihuahua. If he could, he'd be a lap dog, that's not to say that he hasn't had his moments.

He tested me quite a bit when I first got him - tried to drag me around, didn't have much respect while leading, would pin his ears when asked to do something he didnt want to and even threatened to bite a few times. He wasn't bad, but he did test me. Now he knows who the boss is and he's a big marshmellow, who loves,loves,loves to be petted.
What is it with the Percheron/lap dog attitude? Hugo is EXACTLY the same way! I swear he would sit in my lap if I gave him the chance.
     
    06-01-2011, 03:46 AM
  #27
Showing
I just bought a two-year-old Percheron/spotted draft cross stud colt who doesn't know he's a HORSE, much less a STUD! Lol He has been kind of the stable "pet" (albeit a pet kept solely in his stall with turnout maybe once every other week) and was babied by all the women who board their horses at the stable. As a result, he thinks that he's people. He is the definition of a pocket pony and I don't think there's a mean bone in his body. If there is, I certainly haven't seen it.

I also used to work around three belgian drafts. The largest, King, was a good solid 17.2hh. The other two, Jasper and Beau, were around 16.3hh. All three were giant lovers, even though they were strictly pasture horses and weren't used (Jasper was an ex-pony horse for the local race track, and he and Beau were used to pull a wagon in the local Territorial Days parade until the owner got too old to hitch them up any longer). I used to ride the owner's paint mare around her property (30 acres) and they would follow behind me in a line. The only time I ever saw one of them get "mean" was when King had his hooves trimmed. He had apparently been previously abused and would not tolerate his hind feet being touched. I have never seen such an explosion from a horse and all the farrier did was run his hand across King's hip and then down toward his hock. King was tied to an elm tree sapling that was a good three or four inches around and he nearly snapped it in two.
     
    06-01-2011, 11:46 AM
  #28
Foal
Thats awesome!
     
    06-02-2011, 05:23 PM
  #29
Foal
My Percheron mare is such a sweetheart, on the ground & under saddle. She can be a little bossy to other horses occasionally, but it comes in handy when I pony off her & the other horse gets pushy or tries to get ahead, she will put her ears back to let them know they better stay back. Lol love that mare. I would say she has less attitude then the average mare does!
     
    06-04-2011, 04:24 PM
  #30
Foal
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Originally Posted by coffeegod    
What is it with the Percheron/lap dog attitude? Hugo is EXACTLY the same way! I swear he would sit in my lap if I gave him the chance.

Lol I don't know, but I love it! He would come into the house if he could!
     

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