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    12-21-2012, 01:13 AM
  #61
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Originally Posted by Solon    
I know!! He can be a very silly boy! LOL!

Depending on where you get the draft - they might be willing to transport the horse for you. That's what the lady I bought Solon for did. Then at least you only have to worry about the trail parts!
True! If I find one, maybe I could work out a deal with them?

I've found a Percheron that is a couple hours away from me, too bad I don't have any fence yet :/ I hope by next summer I'll have the $ to put up fence. Then maybe that next spring/summer I'll have the money for a horse :)

There just don't seem to be many drafts in my area for sale. Maybe I'll get lucky when it's time to go horse shopping? :)

And yes, I'd still need a ride to the trails! Maybe I'll find a drafty friend that lives close that could give me a lift? :P
     
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    12-21-2012, 01:24 AM
  #62
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Originally Posted by Solon    
Trailers are a tough one. I bought a trailer when my draft was still 16 hands and 2 years old. He outgrew it pretty quickly. Never did find another one and I've had him 12 years. The vet has to come here to do all his stuff!

Trail riding is always interesting for us because he can't fit on some of the trails if they have low hanging branches!! Hahaha!

Drafts are tough on fences. And gates. My boy sat on a couple of the gates where I board before the BO had them raised up so he couldn't squash them!


That's true....make sure you have something to contain him/her. I looked at 13 boarding facilities before finding the one I am at now. Some of them I drove away from without getting out of the car because they had pipe corrals made out of moveable panels. Just have to laugh at those. Mamma would bend those in half with one swoop of her butt. And shelters short and made of aluminum?....forget it.

The place we board she has a nice pasture where the fence posts are made from railroad ties cemented into the ground, the fence is as taller than me and the shelter is made of railroad ties as well. She does still have to duck under it, but not too much. She will definitely not lean on it and push it down.



However, I will say....where we moved from had electric tape fencing. I seperated the pasture to grow grass with one strand of tape on plastic t-posts that was maybe hip high on me. Belle did not ever try to cross the fencing...she would just patiently stare at the grass at the fenceline. Now, when the fenceline was opened up to the grass and not hot, she WOULD try to scratch her belly on the plastic t-posts snapping them in pieces though...lol.
     
    12-21-2012, 01:45 AM
  #63
Green Broke
I've seen a few horses just push through those electric tape fences. Our BO just stopped using them completely.
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    12-21-2012, 02:01 AM
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I've seen a few horses just push through those electric tape fences. Our BO just stopped using them completely.
Yes, we had a few horses, including my old OTTB not mind the tape fencing and push right through it. We were on a naval base and had no choice. I had to actually buy another wire and charger to add to my pasture. It worked for me. However, not for some others who had to board elsewhere.
     
    12-21-2012, 03:35 AM
  #65
Weanling
Haha, I had a horse who had to touch the hot fence once and she never messed with it again. In fact, she wouldn't even get close to a single strand of baling twine tied at shoulder height.
     
    12-21-2012, 09:53 AM
  #66
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Mine doesn't mess with any of the fencing... She got zapped once and aside from eating off the ground on the other side of the fences, she really doesn't sit on them or damage them in any way. She DID almost knock down her stall wall a few times from deciding it was a scratching post.

I wouldn't worry about a trailer, like I mentioned, mine at 17.1 fits in a standard sized featherlite without being cramped. I believe Sundowners are the same.

Although, after seeing a few other Percherons on here, my girl looks to be a little short backed in comparison. It's definitely something to give careful consideration to, but in my case, it worked out perfectly.


BTW: Yoder Farms (Duke) was one of the videos I watched when I was researching the Percheron breed before I got mine. Duke is an amazing horse
     
    12-21-2012, 10:53 AM
  #67
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Originally Posted by RaigenB    
I've been criticized for even thinking about getting one so I understand what you guys mean there!

Are heavies allowed to go on public trails? I wasn't sure if that was frowned upon or not. I didn't know if they would tear up the ground more or anything like that? Do you take yours on public trails?

With the Gee and Haw, is Gee left and Haw is right? Or the other way around? Haha
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I think we need to get one thing perfectly clear. A heavy horse or DRAFT is just a 'BIG' horse. It causes no more damage to the environment than any other type of horse. Its overall conformation spreads its weight across 4 MASSIVE hooves so you get no more wear and tear than from any other horse, in fact, I must say that two TBs who share my Clydedales field cause a lot more ground damage than my boys ever do. There are no different rules for owning a heavy horse compared with an ordinary horse. Take absolutely no notice of negative things other ordinary 'horse owners' tell you about heavies as 99.9% of the time they have never owned a heavy and basically don't know what they are talking about. If you want to get a heavy horse, you go get one. It is no different to buying a Great Dane as opposed to a Chiuhauha. All I will say is that you will need a great big space in your heart for a heavy because they become part of you! We want to see pictures when you finally get yours...
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    12-21-2012, 10:55 AM
  #68
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Originally Posted by Solon    
I've seen a few horses just push through those electric tape fences. Our BO just stopped using them completely.
Me too! Electric fences are only a deterrent not a containment for a heavy. If they are going to break through a fence, they will break through.
     
    12-21-2012, 11:45 AM
  #69
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Originally Posted by Oldhorselady    
Flysheets/blankets will need to order online...she is a size 99.
Holy cow! I follow these draft threads because I have a very large warmblood and can relate. My girl is 17.2 and 1500lb (old owners figures, I have not double checked yet) and so I go along thinking oh she's kinda drafty size. Oh heck no! I thought an 87" blanket was hard to find...........
Oh and she wears a 4 shoe and 6.5" bit. Guess it could be harder, lol.
     
    12-21-2012, 11:55 AM
  #70
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SueNH    
Be prepared to buy lots of hay.

I had a really mellow Belgian mare I used to ride from time to time because I just didn't have much for her to do in harness. She wasn't particularly trained to ride, just didn't care because of her personality. I could turn her yelling gee and haw just as effectively as using reins. She was a veteran of logging yards so she was pretty unflappable. She used to take loads to the landing without a driver. Would just keep coming and going and the men would load and unload her once she had been shown where.

The one and only time she spooked was a pheasant breaking from the brush and literally bouncing off her face. I was in a greased shingle of an old style english saddle. I remember feeling the power in her body as she sprung into the air and headed for home. I tried to turn her head. I tried to pull back. (numerous times) Nothing. I grabbed a hunk on mane and hung on. Fortunately she regained herself after about 100 ft. But that feel of pure muscle and the fact that I was nothing up there... I can still see that bunched neck, white knuckles clenched around mane and feel that surge forward like nothing else I've ever ridden.
Like riding a rocket, no other way to describe it!
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