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    12-21-2012, 01:58 PM
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    12-21-2012, 02:01 PM
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This is where I found mine...

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    12-21-2012, 02:05 PM
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This is where I found mine...

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Thanks! I'll look there too!
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    12-21-2012, 03:02 PM
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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.
     
    12-21-2012, 03:47 PM
  #85
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Here is food for thought which may help you decide if you want to buy a draft or not. Imagine climbing up the side of a mountain and you reach the top. It is a beautiful day, it is calm and peaceful. You are on your own but not 'alone' Your spirit soars with elation at the view and you feel that you can almost see into heaven...now keep that thought and change the word 'mountain' for the back of a 'Heavy Horse'.
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    12-21-2012, 04:39 PM
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We're determined to get this lady a draftie arent we?
Here are my Clyde x arab with 6ft son on board (she's 15.2) and our little Irish Draft also only 15.2 so at the lowest height for her breed
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    12-21-2012, 07:27 PM
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Riding Solon at our first medieval event. I do a Roman persona so that's why I'm bareback - though I always ride bareback. He was almost 5 in this pic.

And I have one of Dr. Cook's very first Bitless bridles for drafts!

     
    12-21-2012, 07:28 PM
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We're determined to get this lady a draftie arent we?
Here are my Clyde x arab with 6ft son on board (she's 15.2) and our little Irish Draft also only 15.2 so at the lowest height for her breed
Bluebird - Photos of the UK should be banned - its nearly Christmas so I'm homesick!!!

Jaydee...I love your babies. Short and stocky is the best way to go for me! I never have to worry if I look too big. I don't ever feel that way, even on my 14.1hh draft cross. Love em'.

We have a draft horse equipement and auction in Tulare, CA every fall. Really good stuff is auctioned off and quite cheap. There are some wonderful horses too. There are regulars that sell their stock...some of them are amish out of Colorado I believe. They have a good reputation and I would feel safe buying their stock. Like Left Hand Percheron said, some of these horses are used as machines and earn their keep on their farms, and once they can't earn their keep any longer, they are sold. This doesn't always mean that they are then useless by any means, just can't work as hard and would appreciate being a trail horse.
     
    12-21-2012, 07:32 PM
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Riding Solon at our first medieval event. I do a Roman persona so that's why I'm bareback - though I always ride bareback. He was almost 5 in this pic.

And I have one of Dr. Cook's very first Bitless bridles for drafts!
Very cool Solon! You have a beautiful boy. Did you have to have your bridle custom made? I've had to call Myler for a custom 7" bit to be made. I think the vendors feel proud and special to have participated in making things to fit the unusual.
     
    12-21-2012, 07:55 PM
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Very cool Solon! You have a beautiful boy. Did you have to have your bridle custom made? I've had to call Myler for a custom 7" bit to be made. I think the vendors feel proud and special to have participated in making things to fit the unusual.
Who would I contact to do this?? Just on their site? I love a bit that I have for my TB and would love one for my mare but they do not stock them that size.
     

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