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post #21 of 39 Old 01-04-2012, 10:30 PM
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post #22 of 39 Old 01-04-2012, 10:42 PM
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I LOVE my half draft for trail riding! He has the most amazingly smooth walk and can cover A LOT of ground when he wants to and isn't being a pain in the butt two-year-old. lol Also, nothing unsettles him. My friend's arab will get all "OMG! It's the end of the world! We're all gonna die! Did you see the size of that sparrow that just jumped out of that bush and attacked me?!" while Aires will just plod along and look at him like "Really, dude? Calm down."

As you can see from this ear shot, my friend's arab is ears-up-tail-up-looking-ten-directions-at-once, while Aires is just like "Whatever." lol
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We had a few Drafts acting as trail horses for quite some time, and if they're in shape, they're unstoppable. I would definitely choose a light draft breed, maybe even a Fjord? Maybe... :)
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I think that word might be a part of the half-draft persona....

:roll:Whatever:roll:

Rafe does the exact same thing. Or, even better, when something does scare him, he flinches a bit, then looks embarassed like "What the heck was that all about?! *grumble-stupid thing isn't even scary-grumble*".

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I think that word might be a part of the half-draft persona....

:roll:Whatever:roll:

Rafe does the exact same thing. Or, even better, when something does scare him, he flinches a bit, then looks embarassed like "What the heck was that all about?! *grumble-stupid thing isn't even scary-grumble*".
I swear Rafe and Aires must be related! lol We were on our way back from our last trail ride, riding down the road, and my friend's arab slipped a little in front of us. His rear shoes made a ringing sound on the pavement and Aires kind of did this little half jump forward (nearly unseated me 'cuz I was being lazy and wasn't paying attention to what Aires was doing 'cuz he'd been perfect for the entire ride). Aires looks around like "What the heck?! I hope no one saw that!" and then kept on plodding along.

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post #26 of 39 Old 01-12-2012, 05:47 PM
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I had to do a double take here! This trail looks almost exactly like our trails in my grandpas woods!! Seriously!

OP: When I worked for Palmer Gulch giving guided trail rides, 70% of the herd is draft, draftX. These horses are used EVERY day between May and Sept. Then some of them go to the elk camps. They are very sturdy, surefooted animals.


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post #27 of 39 Old 01-13-2012, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I am loving everybody's responses. I ride a 16.2 QH and a 16.3 TB right now so I am not overly worried about remounting. I have figured out in the past few days that I can bring a folding step stool with me and it makes it easier for me to get back up when we are out and about. And Dazey I will have to see if I can find it online because I would love to watch it!
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post #28 of 39 Old 01-13-2012, 01:06 PM
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My drafty boy is an excellent trail horse. He is either a Percheron x Fjord cross or a Shire x Paint cross... the rescue that pulled him doesn't remember which one of two PMU farms he came from. He is a short and stocky horse and that is something to remember about trail drafts. The bigger the draft the harder to mount on the trail and the more you have to worry about overhanging branches.
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post #29 of 39 Old 01-13-2012, 06:20 PM
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This has probably been suggested before, but trail riders usually teach their horses to stand beside stumps of trees, in ditches, or next to anything that will assist a rider to remount. My riding buddies and I call this "stump trained"!
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post #30 of 39 Old 01-14-2012, 11:00 PM
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and a good placed rock is also nice

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