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post #31 of 53 Old 09-16-2009, 04:46 PM
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I agree that they aren't built to run, and my percheron absolutely hates it, especially under saddle. I got to watch her gallop around the field the other day though, which was a rare treat.

But as long as your horse is willing and isn't in pain, there's no problem with it.
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post #32 of 53 Old 09-16-2009, 05:02 PM
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umm who ever said that has no clue what there talking about. My draft cross lives to gallop across open feilds. Nothing makes him happier.

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obviously she's never seen the movie "A Knight's Tale" :P they have a drafty galloping all over the place lol. And my friend has two belgians she uses for foxhunting. Lol

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post #34 of 53 Old 09-17-2009, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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My girl can go as fast or as slow as she wants. I'm not going to push her but she does love to run and if she doesn't want to I know something isn't quite right.

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Clearly your horse is in pain, with those pricked ears and happy expression .
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post #36 of 53 Old 09-20-2009, 12:34 PM
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Of course drafts can gallop - just it takes a big man up there to sit it out. Going round corners is the tricky bit.
Draft horses are descendents of the chargers used by Knights of Old - all that Agincourt history stuff. Then in later centuries they were used for farm work. In the UK many are still used for work up amongst the forests.

If you seek a draft horse then look up the Internet for the UK horse magazines - draft horses are unlikely to die out as a breed.
Suffolk Punches, Clydesdales, Shires, Percherons, Irish Drafts, Friesians - they are all to be found. But they don't come cheap (by US standards).

When you find what you want, then ship it over to the US - it is possible.
But whatever you do, make sure you've got a set of strong boots - those big fellas feel pretty heavy when they stand on your foot.

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Well I found what I wanted an hours drive away from me. So no shipping needed. Her grandfather is budweiser, and the only reason they didn't keep her was because she has extra white which apparently means she might throw a mismarked foal and budweiser is extremely picky with their geldings for pulls. So Northwest Clydes got her, they showed her, bred her, sold her to the lady I got her from who also showed her and bred her once and then decided to retire from showing drafts so I got her and I plan to show her in some fun shows but not for another year.

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the other day in our feed store, there was a pic attached to a flex supplement of a barrel racer. Some people walked by and said" can you imagine an animal of that size being forced around barrels while running?How horrible!" stupid people. Some people just don't know.
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I will admit drafts can't turn corners very well at any speed over a walk or slow trot, at least mine can't. She needs lots of loosening up first. But any horse that isn't a draft or built like a draft should be able to do barrels if trained properly. Silly humans.

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Haha, that's funny. My perch didn't have any trouble turning a complete 180 and taking off at a long gallop when something scared him. LOL.

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