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    08-08-2012, 05:50 PM
Page one one of the members posted pics of her children on her drafts. I'll second the person that mentioned driving, not only helps with heavier people but handicapped people that perhaps can't ride or are unsure of riding can enjoy them this way. Having a horse that drives is a fabulous way to share your animal too without having someone else in control of your horse - unless you choose to hand over the reins. I love driving my teams for wagon rides and singles for when it's four or less.
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    08-08-2012, 06:45 PM
Originally Posted by GreySorrel    
And that means what exactly? Haven't seen any children in this thread on horses.
Did you look at the first page? Plenty of pictures there.

    08-08-2012, 07:03 PM
Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet    
Oh dear. When will people learn NOT to put kids without helmets on horses.
Oh dear when will people learn to MYOB If you want to put a helmet on your kid go ahead... this was not a thread about helmets. Did you see one on my grandchild? Nope, well neither did I.
    08-08-2012, 07:07 PM
Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet    
Did you look at the first page? Plenty of pictures there.

There sure was... posted by a grandmother who loves her grandchild very much. If you look in my sig you can see a link to a website for her sister, my first granddaughter that was killed in a car accident. If you have a problem with helmets post a thread about it. If you want to talk about draft horses to the op, start discussing...if you want to comment on a picture of a kid without a helmet start a new topic...

MY kids, my choice... sometimes my daughter rides with a helmet sometimes not. Sometime my granddaughter rides with a helmet sometimes not. DO you think we were unaware she was riding without a helmet? DO you think we don't know the risk we are taking? Have you done all of your research?

If it is not your kid stay out of it JMHO :)
    08-08-2012, 07:18 PM
I am sure that WickedNag has enough intelligence to do what is right by those children.
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    08-08-2012, 08:04 PM
I love how these posts always get off topic. I never wore a helmet growing up, and I was riding draft horses.... *shrugs*

OP, I think, that while asking others for advice and opinions is a good idea, you also need to be able to think for yourself and make up your own mind. Of course all of us are going to sing the praises of draft horses... I will tell you all day how amazing my Belgians are... But just because they are the right horses for us, doesn't mean they are for everyone. Most draft horses are calm and easy to handle, yes, but some can be high strung and pushy... Each horse as an individual, not just as the breed it represents is different. My 2 year old gelding is quite different than my 6 year old gelding. The 2 year old is very dominant to other horses and if allowed, he will be pushy with people, he takes a firm handler. My 6 year old is easy going and will plod along behind a toddler all day.

A draft is big enough to carry a heavier rider, but if you get a 17h horse, will you have the flexibility and strength to mount? (Not being rude, just pointing out something that might be an issue)...

Most cowboys weigh over 200lbs and they ride around on 15h Quarter Horses all day, every day. A short stocky QH with a short strong back and good legs will EASILY be able to carry you. As would a well built Arabian, a TWH, a Paint, an Appaloosa, a Halflinger, a Fjord, any Draft breed, a Cob... ETC... It really will not matter much on breed, and more on the build of the horse and whether it is suitable for a beginner.

I do HIGHLY reccomend you find a way to get riding lessons and find and equestrian mentor! I DO NOT suggest that you take on this endeavor with the just the knowledge you gain through books and google... Hands on experience is so much more important.

Good luck in school!
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    08-08-2012, 08:13 PM
I really don't - or shouldn't, need to post a thread about it. I'll bet if you do a search on this forum, you'll find a ton of similar posts about the problems of children and adults, riding without helmets.

If you really want to defend the 'no helmet' idea, tell that to a lady I met many years ago, when I went to see a horse she had for sale. I didn't end up buying the horse, but knew her on and off through the years. Her daughter, who was a reasonable little rider and competed here in S. Cal., was just coming back from a Saturday afternoon ride with some friends.They were all standing and talking, under trees on their property. My friend's daughter's horse, was startled by something and jumped to the side. The little girl fell off and hit her head. My friend has been taking care of this young lady now, for over thirty years. She remains in a semi-vegetative state. The little girl was twelve years old when it happened. She was not wearing a helmet. And I admit, in those days, I didn't always either. I did after meeting that lady and insist my own daughter did and my granddaughters too.

I didn't get off topic, but answered the OP. Just brought up a potentially dangerous situation, seen in the pictures posted.

    08-08-2012, 08:27 PM
It really was off topic though. I'm quite sure that people who post pictures without helmets on, hear enough how dangerous it is, it is up to them whether to enforce a helmet rule. Mentioning it in every thread you see, only gets the thread off topic.
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    08-08-2012, 08:43 PM
Originally Posted by QtrBel    
Hope the link works. Conformation Tutorial I am sure it is copy/pasteable if it doesn't. This is a great place to start and you will understand what and why you need to look for certain builds/type over breed or cross. In general QH, draft crosses and drafts like the suffolk all have shorter backs and sturdy builds. There are others that would work just as nicely. You need to look at the individual horse and it's confirmation.
Thanks so much, this is a big help!
    08-08-2012, 08:50 PM
Thanks everyone for the information, it's really been a great help! I'm hoping I can volunteer at some places to get help and opinions from professionals.
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