I found my half draft on Petfinder.com. I searched for horses, extra large, gelding. I traveled 9 hours to see him and was hooked. He was a 4 years old nurse mare foal, green as grass and thought he was a lapdog. I adopted him, had him shipped to me and found a trainer (the third one) that knew how to treat drafts. I figure that lock, stock and two smoking barrels, I've put about $1700.00 into getting him here and training. Worth every penny.
Hugo is the biggest one in the pasture. Everybody knows his name. I use a standard saddle on him and a regular horse bridle fits except for the throat latch. He's 17hh and around 1300 lbs. He is barefoot and my farrier loves him. I've been told by countless folk that should I ever decide to sell him, they want him. He is a great ride but getting him to canter takes an act of Congress and you have to leave adequate room for stopping.
The first horse I ever rode was a draft cross. My first horse was a Morgan/QH/Thoroughbred cross that could jump like a gazelle.
I have to say that once you go draft, you never go back. Good luck in your search.
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