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post #1 of 43 Old 08-08-2012, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Drafts for beginners?

Hi all, so, I had posted 2 threads asking about what horse would be suitable for a "chubby" girl to ride. The same repetitive answer was a draft, draft x, or QH. I absolutely love drafts, mostly the Percheron's, they're so big and beautiful, but I'm not sure how they carry weight, or if they are a good horse for beginners.

I've tried Googling drafts and crosses and it hasn't helped me to find a horse or a cross that I like. Does anyone have any info on how well a draft or certain crosses can handle larger riders, and beginners at that? I would love to see pictures of some drafts or crosses and some info, if possible, like how much the draft or cross eats comparatively to the lighter horses, how much the tack costs compared to the lighter horses, and ect. Also, I'm NOT wanting to compete, I'm just wanting a horse for just simple trail riding, or driving, but mostly riding. Can someone help?
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drafts would be your best but, I am biased as I own one but considering you don't want to show you should consider a draft cross of some sort because A. It'll likely be less intimidating of a size, eat less (generally), you won't have to buy two tubes of wormer, when medicating you wont need double doses or be as worried about how their metabolism works at medication ( They're a little more sensitive)... They're very hardy creatures and spook sooo much less frequently than their lighter counterparts. Plus you can probably get a pretty great deal on a well broke draft x as it's a cross and a lot of people buy purebreeds with the intention of breed specific shows and stuff. Just my two cents

As far as how they go the ground pretty much shakes under them but they're a lot less likely (generally obviously) to run away with you or even want to run for a very long time they're pretty content to do the trail riding thing and be really even tempered in general. They've always been my personal favorite

Oh and a lot of times drafts eat the same or less than warmbloods and lighter horses, they tend to be easy keepers you feed them grass and they usually can get fat off of it

The only downside is you'll need to make sure you get good fitting tack which can be hard to find the wide tree's, huge blankets, boots, shoes, halters, bridles, etc
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post #3 of 43 Old 08-08-2012, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info! It really helped, I was also wanting to see different crosses and see what I liked and info about the horse, but it's probably too much. I can't find any nice looking crosses and info about them. It's so frustrating!
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I think you're going about this all wrong. Find a horse regardless of breed or height or whatever (except build.. build is important)

"Googling" won't get you really anywhere. They aren't china sets that you get what you pay for. It's an animal that may or may not have the typical qualities of their breeding.

Make a list of what you're looking for. Keep working on your overall fitness/health, and maybe even think about leasing instead of owning. I think it's too big a jump to be honest since you don't seem to have a lot of experience (which is very crucial for ownership IMOP)

Just my thoughts.

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I don't intend to own a horse anytime soon, or even lease one anytime soon, I'm just looking as of right now, as in the color variations and what breed can handle a heavy person, "preparing" so to speak. I know they're animals, but "Googling" things about horses can be more helpful when you want to know something. I also stated that I have never rode, I'm just wanting opinions and info on crosses, breeds, ect.
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Colour should really be the last thing you think about.

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I know that, but I was just simply asking what peoples crosses or whatever they have looked like as well.
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The way people breed these days, look up interesting draft breeds that you like, and I pretty much can guarantee that someone out there has crossed something else to it. Doesn't make it a good cross though :) You have to consider more than the visuals of it.

Belgian and Percherons are the draft types that are crossed most often around me - but that may be different in your area.

I think they are totally fine for beginners as long as 1. The beginners understand that there will be additional costs for upkeep (extra food, extra meds, the possibility of custom and oversized tack) and 2. That the beginner isn't timid and not intimidated by their size. Drafts are often quieter, but their massive size can scare people off.
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post #9 of 43 Old 08-08-2012, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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I know that there's more to owning a horse than how they look, but basically, I'm bad with wording, I'm wanting basically to know what would a good horse for a "chubby" person look like? Like per say, if someone posted a picture of a draft x, and pointed out what was not acceptable for weight carrying capabilities. I don't mind their size, but some people say that drafts cost more, while, others say they don't so I'm assuming it's just depending on the horse itself, which is pretty obvious. This is basically "research" on if I ever want to get a horse after college, from actual horse owners, not just asking random people. Thanks for the input. :)
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Farriers are usually quite a bit more if you can find one to do drafts :) That being said my granddaughter has had three drafts as her riding horses. Two are now deceased and the third was sold as she wanted to start doing more at shows and Waylon was not quite what she needed.

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Wheeler the big 19.2HH Clydesdale





And Waylon the 18.2 spotted draft

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