Eek, I didn't mean to call them gentle giants and make it seem like they were dopey. I just love all the ones I've met in general...Of course there will be not so gental drafts. Sorry if that came off the wrong way.=P
As far as the theraputic goes, it wouldnt be so much for the riding aspect as for work with groundwork, taking care of them, building confidence and responsibility, etc.
I havent heard anything much about this disease EPSM? That's exactly the kind of thing I wanted to know about it. Is it just a certain breed/bloodline or does it run in all drafts? I will have to look it up.
I have talked to some people in the area, and my farrier does work on draft horses so if I was in the same area, he would be able to do it for me. But who knows where I will be when I get one. I am in no rush.
I buy alot of my tack over the internet, so I would probably just do the same for a larger horse. (Though I am looking at more a medium sized horse. 15.3 - 16.3 probably).
The one thing I've been having trouble finding are trailers. I've been able to find extra tall/wide trailers and warmblood trailers but I think I would have to be looking for bigger...Any suggestions for that?