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        01-30-2013, 09:58 AM
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    full drafts at higher levels of eventing ? I don't know any. I hardly know any 1/2 drafts. I used to ride a 1/2 perch who when intermediate and believe me it was way more work than a tb and I didnt trust his ability to make it over some bigger fences.

    I honestly don't like drafts as riding horses in general, but that's just me...i also don't like arabs so im not just a draft hater lol.

    I would just say to anyone who wants a draft, especially a FULL draft. Don't be expecting a horse who can 'do anything' when it comes to jumping. Or jump high and athletically. You will be disappointed. If you want to play around with lower stuff, that's fine.
    By "higher level" I am talking prelim. I've seen it with my own eyes. Also one of the blogs that was posted in this thread was a Percheron that was jumping 3'9".

    As I said, I personally wouldn't expect it. But it does happen time to time. I evented a draft cross intermediate and it was not an easy task. But it doesn't stop me from loving them. I would never expect one to do much beyond novice, possibly pretraining if I was lucky.

    I'll stick to my Selle Francias, Belgian Warmbloods and TB's. To do higher stuff. And I do love me a nutty Trekky once and awhile
         
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        02-05-2013, 12:26 PM
      #12
    Foal
    A friend of mine used to take her Clydesdale stallion XC and SJ. He picked up a number of prizes, too.
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        02-05-2013, 12:39 PM
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    Foal
    Here's Buddy in action at home....

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        02-05-2013, 08:02 PM
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    Yeah, you're right... Drafts can't jump
         
        02-05-2013, 08:07 PM
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    Yearling
    No one on this thread said they couldn't
         
        02-05-2013, 08:33 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Is the grey full or half draft ?
    He looks a lot like a tb/perch I used to jump.

    Not saying they cant jump, but if you want a really good jumping horse, a full draft is probably not the place to look.
         
        02-06-2013, 01:17 AM
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    Foal
    Depends on how you train them. Buddy being a prime example of a Clydesdale who can not only jump - but jump well enough to actually take home prizes....
         
        02-06-2013, 08:18 AM
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    Trained
    It didnt seem that easy for him. The rider is clucking like crazy before the fences and his breathing is pretty labored. Not saying he's a terrible jumper, but he's not great either. He probably tops out at that height and distance.

    Not saying drafts can't jump, but there are breeds much better suited to it. A heavy horse that doesnt have good conformation to jump will also break down much more quickly.
         
        02-06-2013, 10:29 AM
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    Foal
    The grey is a registered Percheron. Her name is Klein's Olinda. Currently jumping 3' 9"...
         
        02-06-2013, 11:33 AM
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    Green Broke
    My trainer was always opposed to jumping drafts, she said its to much stress on their joints. Just like any horse can pull, but you wouldn't expect an arabian to pull a load like a draft? They CAN jump, yes, any horse can physically jump.... but is it good for them? Well I guess that's for you personally to decide.
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