So I was on Facebook on my local "Horse and horse tack sale" group. I posted a comment asking if anyone in the area had Drafts that wouldn't mind giving me some info and personal experience. Someone writes me and acts like I'm crazy for wanting a Draft. Maybe it's because I haven't owned a horse before? Or maybe that's just a typical "normal horse" owner reaction. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't mind having a Paint or Quarter horse, but the thought of owning a Draft is kinda exciting.
Just thought I would share!
I think that's a pretty 'normal' reaction from people that may not have had experiences with drafts. There are also people that think that all drafts can do is pull a carriage or farm equipment. And, for some people, a draft would not be a good match for...barrel racing, jumping, cross country, pole bending and many other things I'm sure (there are the exceptions, of course, out there). However, there are many things they are good for, if those are the things you are interested in...trail riding, driving, parades, obstacle courses, riding in water, vaulting, pony rides, beginners (not needing to learn the fancy stuff), young people, old people, if you need a ladder, if you need something to learn how to climb up on and roll all over on while they stand there....lol.
So, it really comes down to what you are looking for. Posters on here have posted many pictures and made multiple statements from experiences showing you what it is like to own a draft. One of the most wonderful things is showing disbelievers or people in awe just what they can do and how joyous it can be with a 'no worries' type horse. My pasture is next to a road, where almost daily, people will pull over to the side, get out of their cars and ask me what kind of horse she is because they have never seen a horse that big. It happend again today by a utility worker that drives by all the time. She caught us in the pasture with the horses today and had to get out and ask about her and take pictures. Oh yes, we get lots of pictures too. That's all part of it!