With my drafts I am longing them at late 2's into 3 years of age depending on their size. If they take after their Sire its more toward 3 as they tend to be rather big boned, if more like my mares then late 2's My personal preferences for riding is late 3s and that is light working. My colts tend to be alot like their sire who is just a massive tank of a draft. You can see my stud in my profile. I have a few more I plan on posting in profile.
WOW that is a wide variation. I have two QH and love them to pieces. I grew up riding a draft morgan X. He was awesome. I don't know really anything about Mustang's except they have a car named after them.
I have a small Percheron (15.2 and about 1800 pounds), but he takes a 6 1/2" bit. Dover had a few bits that big, and I got him a nice double-jointed loose ring snaffle. Classic Saddlery had an Aramis Rembrandt snaffle bridle (the biggest bridle they had) that I liked, although I had to have one of the straps lengthened. The Royal King saddle he came with didn't seem to fit that well, but my old Black Rhino western saddle that was made for my Arabian fits him perfectly, although I have to move it back by about 2" from where I think it looks right. My Arab was kind of roly poly..
Guess I have the best of all worlds in my ClydeX QH/tb. He wears a normal size bridle, is only 16.2, wears a regular saddle with a wide tree, never an issue with anything. Easiest horse I have ever had. Basically lives on air. Trim his feet every 6-8, and he never took a lame step until he was 20. It is true that trail rides can be a challenge, since you cannot get off and on easily, gates are farther away, and tree limbs are closer to you than your friends. But their temperament is second to none. I would not give up my draftee for anything.
So far, here's some pros and cons I got- drafts are harder to ride on trails (mount/dismount factor), not many shows for mustangs, not many breed shows than shires (more than mustangs, less than QH), QH have more shows. Mustangs are
More hardy. Shires cost more. Shires are harder to find tack for. Shires are tall (good). Mustangs are amazing for trails. QH have good cow sense. QH are more common. Shires are rare. Mustangs are a huge challenge Posted via Mobile Device