You aren't looking in the right places if you're coming up empty for drafts in Indiana. You are smack dab in the middle of draft horse country. Some of the biggest names in the Belgian industry are in IN, IL and OH. There are some well known Percheron breeders in these states as well . Probably the most recognized draft horse trainer is in Huntington. Even if a top hitch and halter horse is not in your future, the culls of these breeders are all over the area.
I would recommend subscribing to the Draft Horse Journal. Check out the auctions around you. Not to buy but to check out the stock. Meet the sellers. Put your hands on a bunch of horses. The cream of the crop sale is coming up in Gifford IL the end of Feb. Topeka is a huge sale of good quality animals as well (end of March) If you have even a small recreational owner in the area, offer to tag along during the show season and help. Join the state draft horse association for all the training opportunities they offer. Teamsters will scoff at your interest in riding a draft even more so than light horse people. They will also have some rather barbaric ways of working with their horses but remember for most of them they are a farm tool that must earn their keep ever day. They can also be a great source of older broke teams (12+ year olds) that can no longer toil in the fields for 8 hours a day but are fine with a less demanding workload.
Last edited by Left Hand Percherons; 12-21-2012 at 04:06 PM.