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        12-20-2012, 02:01 PM
      #41
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Oldhorselady    
    Gorgeous! How tall is she again? You look great on her, a great fit...but isn't she taller than Mamma at 16.2hh? Mamma makes my butt look small, so I love her for that.

    Mamma blew out the other day walking across the berm because we were walking by another ranch where you could see the horses down below on hot walkers....so funny. Her blow was huge and loud! Sounded like an orca whale I imagine. Never heard it out of her before. She is a very quiet, to herself horse. She knickers softly when she sees my other horse, but that is it...never a whinny either.
    Thanks....

    She's "officially" 17.1 but almost 17.2 and I'm 6'3

         
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        12-20-2012, 02:04 PM
      #42
    Green Broke
    Trail riding on a draft fact: You will always be the catcher of spider webs.
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        12-20-2012, 02:09 PM
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    Originally Posted by DraftGuy    
    Thanks....

    She's "officially" 17.1 but almost 17.2 and I'm 6'3

    Oh yeah, I see the tallness now...lol. Funny my draft cross looks just like the horse next to your girl in this picture.
         
        12-20-2012, 02:10 PM
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    Trail riding on a draft fact: You will always be the catcher of spider webs.
    Spider webs, tree branches, fruit, birds.....lol
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        12-20-2012, 02:15 PM
      #45
    Green Broke
    Lol I love drafts and I've never been around one that didn't just have a sweet personality. We had a draft mule a few years ago boarded at our place, Freddie, and Freddie was such a mess. So very in your pocket and wanted loves every time you were near him.. One day I was feeding and while putting his feed pan down my belt was sticking out on the side, he bit it and picked me up off of the ground just enough that my feet couldn't touch and held me there for a few seconds, it was a pretty funny site.. My sister was dying laughing... They're super nice horses though.
         
        12-20-2012, 02:18 PM
      #46
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
    Trail riding on a draft fact: You will always be the catcher of spider webs.
    Very true!
         
        12-20-2012, 03:40 PM
      #47
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Oldhorselady    
    Gee=right
    Haw=left

    That really freaks the light horse owners too....ground driving! A good freak out though. People are just so amazed when they see it, especially when they hear you directing them with Gee and Haw!

    The other day I was walkiing Big Mamma on a berm and another person was riding her horse and wanted to go past us. Well, the berm was probably 10 feet wide and Big Mamma is scared of other horses....so I was a little worried to pass this this other horse with a tight squeeze. She was already a little nervous on the berm to begin with and I was leading her in flip flops and was standing on the edge of the berm. I just went slow and fine tuned her direction with gee and haw to keep her where I wanted her...not to close to the passing horse and not too close to my feet either! She was perfect.

    There are no restrictions with trail riding. Trails are trails. I do have to make sure that things like wood bridges and cowboy curtains etc. are big enough for drafts when I go to little events though.
    How cool!
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    Originally Posted by PunksTank    
    Wow! How did I not see this thread until now?

    I had the exact opposite reaction when I got my first horse! I had been a carriage driver for a few years working with Percherons and Belgians all 17+ hand substantial horses. When I was finally able to get my first horse (After 21 miserable horseless years) I KNEW I needed a draft - no questions asked, they're the best. But, having volunteered at a local rescue for 9+ years previous there was no way the BO would let me board my horse anywhere else. I was to be the only boarder in exchange for more help caring for the rescues. Sounded ideal to me - only problems, our stalls are huge - but the ceiling rafters are Low. Our 16.2 TB has to duck his head to get in and out of his stall, so there was no way I was getting a 17+ hand draft in our barn - I was heart broken, but didn't want to change my ideal horse just to fit the barn. I set out searching for my miracle miniature draft xD I was looking at haflingers and cobs, but they were all so lack-luster compared to my loves.
    Then one day I saw on petfinder an ad with a tiny photo, of a black 'percheron' and it said '15 hands' I laughed and figured the owners were idiots, but I called them up. I drove 2 hours to prove to myself there couldn't be a 15 hand percheron. I walked out to their paddocks and spotted her a mile away. There she was!! 15.2 and sparkling black with a white star! I drooled like crazy and took her home the next morning! She fit into out barn. Turns out she's actually a Canadian horse, not just a tiny Perch :P but either way she's absolutely wonderful!!

    The biggest issues I've had with her because she's a draft, she was never halter broke - but she knew pretty darn well she was bigger and stronger than me. So halter breaking her was a chore, she had a kind heart and tried as hard as she could for me, but when she got confused or overwhelmed she just trotted/cantered away leaving me clinging to her lead rope, flapping in the wind like a kite behind her.
    I attempted silly things like chains over the nose and rope halters, but really patients and quiet training was the only thing that actually trained her. Don't fall for the crappy people who say 'that horse is too big, you'll need a chain over his nose' - a chain won't make a difference if they don't wanna do it - good training will however ;)
    My farrier costs the same as any other farrier. She does eat a substantial amount of hay, but she stays fat off nothing for grain, so I put her hay in nets to slow her down. As for tack.. still can't find a saddle I can afford that'll fit her, but she's so comfy I don't mind sticking with bareback!

    OldHorseLady ;) you rock- you're so right! I love going packing with my pony, he carries our lunches and water xD you should see the looks I get. People are funny ;)
    I'm glad you got the horse of your dreams! And that fits in the barn! Haha
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    Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons    
    Of course they're allowed. I've taken them on state and national forest land as well as city and county trails. I take them to the open rides at the county fairgrounds indoor in the winter. I don't drive them unless I get there supper early and have the place to myself. I don't trust the other horse owners abilities to throw that into the mix.

    The only way I keep gee and haw straight, is haw sounds like southpaw=left. I struggled keeping them straight until someone pointed that out to me.
    Great! And thanks for the tip to help me remember! :)
         
        12-20-2012, 04:01 PM
      #48
    Showing
    They're not real good at cantering altho can do it but the beggers were bred to trot all day. If your legs can take the groin stretch, go for it. Belgians are noted for a quieter temperment when compared to a Percheron.
         
        12-20-2012, 08:51 PM
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    They're not real good at cantering altho can do it but the beggers were bred to trot all day. If your legs can take the groin stretch, go for it. Belgians are noted for a quieter temperment when compared to a Percheron.
    Cantering is definitely not their forte, for sure. Don't get a draft if you want fast. Here is a video of Belle cantering under saddle the first time. When she turns the corner at the end of the arena, she gets frisky and crow hops. I felt like I was going to the moon.

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        12-20-2012, 10:37 PM
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    RaigenB...found these pictures for you. I have seen light horses do these things too, but with my drafts, both of them, this is no problem....

    Yes, there is a horse under there....





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