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post #1 of 19 Old 07-26-2008, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Draft vs light horse tack/gear adjustments

Thought it might be a good thread to start up. What are some of the things that you have found you have had to alter from owning either a draft, or a large horse in general?

With my draft cross filly (tho she isnt big like a full draft), I haven't had to make big adjustments yet. Halters being the main obvious one and the use of the rubber ground feeders as opposed to using buckets. I know the filly I have coming in, will not fit a larger sized bucket.

Horse trailer- have to use a warmblood straight haul in order for her to fit in anywhere we end up deciding to go.
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post #2 of 19 Old 07-26-2008, 06:30 PM
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More expensive shoes and trims! I've also noticed I need to find a haybag with a bigger opening as Cody can hardly get his nose in there for a bite. I'm in the market for a warmblood trailer ........

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post #3 of 19 Old 07-26-2008, 07:10 PM
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since my horse is my first one, all i've known are big blankets and big girths..

hes a tb standing at about 16.3 hh..i remember the first show sheet we got him i think was a 75 or 76 and we took him to a show and his butt wasn't covered by it so my mom just got him a size 80!
and i think his girth size is a 50

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Definately shoeing.
Where we are located in Qld Australia it costs between $250 - $350 to shoe a clydie. Our pony costs $70 to shoe.

We dont have any trouble with floats/trailers, as our clydesdale was purchased very young and she happily went into our standard float. She is turning 9 and quite a bit bigger then she use to be but is happy to squeeze into the float as she doesnt know any different. Although we are getting a new float this year for her.

I find they are very destructive on the ground here. You wouldnt know our pony has been on the one paddock for the past 6 months, but you can tell when a clydie has been a paddock after a week.
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Just ordered a size 84" fly sheet, can't seem to find any draft-size fly boots.

Ordered a size 62" girth!! Fits wonderfully :) Oh, I forgot that I have to get extra large dressage pads.....

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If I were to get a blanket it would have to be a 100". Ughh. Thankfully, he's never really needed a fly sheet or a winter blanket.

He outgrew the warmblood horse trailer I had.

I don't shoe him. Trims are $100 (that's with a tip for my farrier).

When I first got him nine years ago, tack was hard to find, but not so much now. So many more people are riding draft horses!

What I find funny is the most places don't realize that even draft horses come in different sizes! So some of what these places call 'draft size' doesn't even come close to fitting my horse.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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sonny isnt as tall as most of your Drafts but he is a keg!!! yup rubber feed pan no bucket, halter is huge, girth barely fit around him when i started with him-yippeee now we are on the 3rd hole
i wore myself out just getting his saddle on-much better now he is dropping some fat. BO takes care of the trims so i dont know what it costs here-but as chicago costs more for nothing i am gonna assume it is pricey. His saddle pad needs to be replaced before the show so will have to measure it!!!! Donna loaned me her draft saddle and gear but she said it was all special order.
guess we have to pay more for the special guys.

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If I were to get a blanket it would have to be a 100". Ughh. Thankfully, he's never really needed a fly sheet or a winter blanket.

He outgrew the warmblood horse trailer I had.

I don't shoe him. Trims are $100 (that's with a tip for my farrier).

When I first got him nine years ago, tack was hard to find, but not so much now. So many more people are riding draft horses!

What I find funny is the most places don't realize that even draft horses come in different sizes! So some of what these places call 'draft size' doesn't even come close to fitting my horse.
Please tell me it was a slant load. I bought my trailer a straight load with no tack room to have that space at the front open to allow head and neck space.

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It was a 3 horse slant that we took the divider out and turned into a one draft trailer. The trailer guy said that was a better model for drafts because of the weight distribution and the straight loads wasn't recommended (too much weight on one side of the trailer).

I was able to use it for almost two years though!!

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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ykes, so what do you use now?
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