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    12-20-2011, 05:36 PM
A knee up? Haha or pray you can find a rock! If you go in front, you're a great trail blazer too!
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    12-20-2011, 09:11 PM
My percheron TB cross does good on the trails, meaning she's level headed, forward, not spooky, and hardly ever takes a bad step, but she does not have the stamina or the recovery after she gets tired of a light weight horse. It takes much longer for her to bounce back once she gets tired. We usually do a ten mile loop a couple times a week and we can do it at a pretty fast clip, but it took her much longer to get to that point. She also does not cool as well when she gets hot. People brag about "oh the horse didnt even sweat on a long trail ride" without first thinking that sweat is how they COOL themselves and is not a bad thing. In fact, if they don't sweat they don't efficiently cool them selves down when they are actually working hard. My mare is one that doesnt. I've seen this with several draft horses I've been around. Isnt a deal breaker just means you have to consider that especially on hot days.
    12-21-2011, 05:16 PM
My draft cross is an excellent trail horse! He is brave, walks quickly (although we tend to leave the other horses behind, hard on the neck if you're trying to have a conversation!), can carry an extra rider if need be, doesn't mind having saddle bags and other things draped on him, is a great size to pony other horses, does fine w/ endurance-went out recently with a friend while trying out a TWH and we had to trot pretty much the whole 2 hours and he was sweating but had energy and enjoyed himself, for such a big horse (1800+ lbs and about 17.3-18 hds.) he is pretty nimble, can handle tight turns, steep ups and downs, mud, quick sand, etc. The only drawback to him, as others have mentioned is we are vertically challenged!
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    12-24-2011, 06:53 PM
You've gotten some excellent replies to your question. What Dutch Feather said is good, so just teach your horse to stand still next to big rocks, fallen trees, stumps, whatever is around that you can stand on to remount. My friends call this "stump trained"!

Did you watch any of the competition for America's Favorite Trail Horse? There was a Spotted Draft Horse that competed, and it happens that I know the rider Erika Andrews and Tickle Me Elmo very well. I competed many times in Northern Virginia judged obstacle trail rides with them, and Elmo was a constant winner.
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    12-24-2011, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
Just keep in mind that drafts do not have the endurance of other breeds.
If you are talking about a lot of trotting and cantering then this is true, but they can walk all day long over rough terrain just fine. Many of the draft breeds were developed for long work days pulling. Its not the same endurance as an Arabian that can trot all day long, but it is a type of endurance.

We have a draft cross and he has been a great trail mount for my husband. My husband isn't much into trotting and cantering but they do some. Apache is mostly a good calm mount that can take him down the trail at an easy pace all day long. Personally I like a horse with a little more go, but that is all personal preference.
    12-30-2011, 02:28 AM
My draft horse Duffy dose trail riding and that is all we do and he is great at it .I think that drafts make very good trail horses
    01-03-2012, 03:11 PM
My first share horse was a Clydesdale, unschooled and green as grass, but we did do short trail rides around the farm.

Any other share horses that I've had have all had draft in them - mainly Clydesdale, but also Irish Draft and Shire. And I've hacked out with all of them.

There's a company here in the UK that uses ONLY draft breeds for trail riding.


Originally Posted by bubba13    
Just keep in mind that drafts do not have the endurance of other breeds.
The woman who runs CHH (above) regularly competes at endurance with one of her Clydesdales....
    01-03-2012, 08:40 PM
I am sorry are share horses like similar to leased horses
    01-04-2012, 02:21 AM
Basically, sharing a horse means that you pay the owner X-amount each week, and get to ride their horse for a set amount of days.

I used to pay Bracken's owner 20 a week to ride him at weekends. Cheaper than going to a riding school...!
    01-04-2012, 10:58 AM
My Fjord loves hacking out, she never wants to turn back. And they're not too tall :)

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