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post #41 of 53 Old 09-20-2009, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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I've never seen Caleigh spin a 180. I've seen Sissy do it though. Ears pinned and completely pissed when the neighbors pig ran behind her. That pig has been the problem of most of her "sudden" lameness. Tries to kick it through the fence and gets stuck or chases it and trips hard. she can spin though. She's a percheron, square and she's fat, literally fat because of the pig/lame because of the pig. She's been stall bound too much because of that little stinker.

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post #42 of 53 Old 09-27-2009, 03:31 PM
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That's ridiculous. Drafts run all the time in the pasture for play!
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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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The ancient destriers weren't near as big as the drafts we have today. They were fairly short and stocky. They were generally about 14-15 hands whereas many drafts today are way over that up into the 18 and 19 hand range. I got a lot of flack for using my 18 hand percheron in medieval reenactment because he wasn't a 'period' horse. But we had fun anyway!

And I'm sure you were jesting when you said it "just takes a big man up there to sit it out".
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I've never seen Caleigh spin a 180. I've seen Sissy do it though. Ears pinned and completely pissed when the neighbors pig ran behind her. That pig has been the problem of most of her "sudden" lameness. Tries to kick it through the fence and gets stuck or chases it and trips hard. she can spin though. She's a percheron, square and she's fat, literally fat because of the pig/lame because of the pig. She's been stall bound too much because of that little stinker.
Might be a good thing to reevaluate the fencing issue so she doesn't keep getting hurt.
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post #45 of 53 Old 09-28-2009, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Might be a good thing to reevaluate the fencing issue so she doesn't keep getting hurt.
Yeah, what sucks is my friend can't do anything about it because the fence is on the pigs owners property so if he fixes it yay but other than that she can't do anything. If she puts a fence up over theirs it'll cut into their property and decrease the acreage and they'll have to get rid of a horse. they talked to the city about it and that's what the "nice" lady said. She was a class 1 bitch.

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Actually, she should fix something up on her side then. It only takes one time to ripe apart a ligament to where the horse has to be put down. That would be really horrible especially if there is something she can do on her side of the fence.
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She's been trying to board up the parts where sissy kicks through. I think they're trying to file against the guy who lets his pig loose.

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Thats a whole load of crap whoever said that.

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Two dogs ran up behind Noah last night and startled him as I was leading him to the barn. Let me tell you, that horse ran just as fast as any QH! Of course, he didn't go far, the first big patch of grass stopped him in his tracks! Anything for food....
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post #50 of 53 Old 10-10-2009, 08:09 AM
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Wink CAN gallop!!!

you have got to be kidding "cant gallop" check out my heavy..
hes not at full speed either as he had be working hard and was a bit knackered by the time we galloped him..
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