I just posted a picture on a board of me with loose reins riding Caleigh full speed in an open field.
Many people said it was gorgeous and those who have seen her from the beginning of me getting her commented on her toned muscles and her figure.
One person however said "you are a horrible person for forcing that animal to run like that. Being that size I can't image the pain she's going through with you on her back making her go that speed! No draft is built to gallop!"
Wow. I can understand how she might have the wrong idea because all she's been exposed to are trotting cart drafts but we use drafts in the Ren. Fairs, show parades, and regular riding. I agree you should never force any horse past their speed boundries and wouldn't run her or any horse if there were health or lameness problems or weight issues (that falls under health right?. But other than that I see no reason why running a draft would be bad.
She's not running miles, she's getting more than enough cool down time, and warm up time and she's not only running. We work on every speed from trot to gallop along with transitions and body language cues. She's in great shape, she's happy when she does it, has no lameness issues or health issues, and she listens to every tiny body movement, and she's basically bomb proof. I know I'm not hurting her.
Has anyone else heard of drafts being to big to run?
If they were too big to run she wouldn't be doing it in the field on her own either and she does it plenty when let out. Along with bucking kicking and being a horse when she's in her pasture with her friends.