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    02-06-2013, 12:48 PM
I had a pure bred Belgian jumping over four feet before I sold him. He was more of a slender build but stood 18.2hh and jumped like he was born to do it. If conditioned and trained correctly it isn't a problem.
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    02-06-2013, 02:24 PM
Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
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.
So, you missed the bit about him picking up prizes then? Cross-country and show-jumping?

It's not a great video, granted, but believe me Buddy CAN, and DOES, do better than that. Not bad for a stallion first backed at the age of ten....
    02-06-2013, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by DarenC1    
A friend of mine used to take her Clydesdale stallion XC and SJ. He picked up a number of prizes, too.

I love this picture.
    02-06-2013, 02:48 PM
Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
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.

You seem like you know it all. Can we see your photos and videos of how well you jump? That way we can learn from the best.
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    02-06-2013, 05:42 PM
Originally Posted by NBEventer    
I love this picture.
Great, isn't it? I wonder how big he thought that jump was, or what horse-eating monsters lurked under it?!

I'll have to find the other shot of him jumping in a competition - I've never seen a Clydesdale like him before!
    02-06-2013, 05:47 PM
And, just like that, here it is....

(I've just noticed this was taken the day after my 30th birthday!)
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    02-06-2013, 05:48 PM
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You can have a lot of fun with them and as long as you keep them well muscled they will deal with the extra bulk and weight of bone they carry
I've found with all willing horses if you listen to them they will soon tell you when they are out of their comfort zone by having fences down or refusing - that's the time to say 'this is their limit'
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    02-06-2013, 05:50 PM
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I am officially in love with this boy!! I would love to see more pics and videos of him! Do you have any pictures of his dressage tests? I'll take more jumping pics too

Its not often you see a draft that athletic over fences.
    02-06-2013, 05:56 PM
I don't plan to exceed 2'9" with my heavy bred mares (Percheron / QH and my Irish Draught)

HOWEVER, have you checked out this gal? She's awesome. She has conditioned her horse to do an awesome job at something one wouldn't particularly peg them for.

Jumping Percheron - Bounces - YouTube

I don't see any reservations against it, but that's just me.
    02-06-2013, 05:57 PM
I don't, but if you Google "Buddy the Clydesdale", "Baremuir Superior" or "Little Rebels Ranch", you'll find him.

Attached pic is of Buddy doing dressage. By the way, he is now being used as a therapeutic riding horse for Autistic children, but I believe he still jumps for fun. And, fingers crossed, I might get to go up and have a go at driving him...
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