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    08-08-2012, 07:32 AM
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Sorry to hear about them passing on. They're gorgeous! From the posts I'm reading, prices are the biggest problem, so my dumb question now is; if you crossed a draft with a lighter breed, like a QH, could it most likely "lower" the price for things, or is it more like a 50/50 shot?
     
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    08-08-2012, 07:47 AM
  #12
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The main things you have to look for are not necessarily a draft, but a stocky horse with strong bone and a short, strong back. Many drafts have long backs that have great pulling power, but not that much of a carrying power, and heavier people should not ride such horses if they are considerate about the health of their mounts. The long backs are tended to injuries, caused by escess weight to carry.
     
    08-08-2012, 07:51 AM
  #13
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Which is exactly why I'm asking these questions, people say drafts are stocky and nice for bigger riders, while others say its not safe. It's confusing, and in all honesty, I'm afraid of even trying to ride a smaller horse because I don't want to hurt it. I have tried dieting, and currently am, but because of my health problems, it's tough to slim down my weight.
     
    08-08-2012, 08:04 AM
  #14
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Leemew, I also have serious health issues and it can make it tough to lose weight :( Cost can very and I can tell you what was paid for those horses. Vicki was $800 I had her shipped from FL but found a fill in load so that was cheap at only about $300. Wheeler was local (about 2 hours from me) he was $900 and Waylon was about 3 1/2 hours and cost $1200. Last I heard Waylon was for sale. He went to a riding camp for at need children and they were afraid of his size. He is located in n/w Iowa.

Where are you from? I know that will play a large part in your cost.
     
    08-08-2012, 08:13 AM
  #15
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Originally Posted by WickedNag    
Leemew, I also have serious health issues and it can make it tough to lose weight :( Cost can very and I can tell you what was paid for those horses. Vicki was $800 I had her shipped from FL but found a fill in load so that was cheap at only about $300. Wheeler was local (about 2 hours from me) he was $900 and Waylon was about 3 1/2 hours and cost $1200. Last I heard Waylon was for sale. He went to a riding camp for at need children and they were afraid of his size. He is located in n/w Iowa.

Where are you from? I know that will play a large part in your cost.
In the heavily forested area of Texas. I'm wanting to buy a horse after college, which will be in a few years, but I'm going to attend college out of state, in which state I have no idea yet. I'm basically trying to weigh out the pros and cons of a draft or a draft cross comparatively to a lighter breed, but it's so hard to get an answer because it depends on the horse specifically.
     
    08-08-2012, 08:17 AM
  #16
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It does depend on the horse and the bone/structure. Good luck in your research. Love draft horses :) Though, I personally, have never ridden one.
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    08-08-2012, 08:21 AM
  #17
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Originally Posted by WickedNag    
It does depend on the horse and the bone/structure. Good luck in your research. Love draft horses :) Though, I personally, have never ridden one.
Thank you very much. I love Percheron's the most, no idea why, but they just look so amazing.
     
    08-08-2012, 08:24 AM
  #18
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If you are concerned about hurting a horse because of the weight of your body (which, as a decision, is honourable), you can still try driving! It is tons of fun, very challenging, and most healthy drafts can do that! Maybe there is even a driving facility near where you live? :)
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    08-08-2012, 08:32 AM
  #19
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OP the myth that drafts eat more is not true. Drafts metabolism is lower than lighter breeds so the old feed per pound doesn't with them. Sure as in all breeds of horses there are hard keepers but for the most part they are easy keepers. As stated in your other thread, my 18H Belgian eats the same amnt as my 14.2 H Paint. My horses are bare foot so she costs the same for a trim every 7 weeks. As far as tack, etc. her saddle both English & Western were very similar to my other horses and her winter blanket ordered on line was in fact cheaper than my others. If you get a cross of any kind its sometimes tough to tell what genes are going to show up more prominent..hard to know what each individual horse is going to require or cost and I as I recall from your other thread you have not ridden a horse of any kind yet. I really recommend that you start there since it may be a life long part of your life or a passing interest. Best of luck
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    08-08-2012, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Saranda    
If you are concerned about hurting a horse because of the weight of your body (which, as a decision, is honourable), you can still try driving! It is tons of fun, very challenging, and most healthy drafts can do that! Maybe there is even a driving facility near where you live? :)
Nope, nothing equestrian around here. Closest is about 3 hours away in Houston. I'm considering a draft cross for the fact that I could possibly ride him/her for short periods of time, and possibly train to drive a small cart. But I still have a couple years to think it over more. Thanks for the input. :)
     

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