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post #321 of 353 Old 11-02-2012, 05:56 AM
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Ridden Clydesdales at the Royal Highland Show 2010 - YouTube

Here you are! I notice that what people in the USA refer to as Drafts are known as heavy cobs in Engalnd. There is a big difference between what you call drafts and what we call draft horses. In England, draft horses are specific breeds of genuine heavy horses such as Clydedales, Shires, Suffolk Punch. Percherons etc. The video is fromt he Edimburgh show and it shows Clydesdales (true heavies) being ridden. Heavy horses are amazing to ride but you need to wear brown joddies!
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post #322 of 353 Old 11-02-2012, 01:18 PM
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Drafts in the US, are also specific breeds. The word 'draft' is just a collective name for them.

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post #323 of 353 Old 11-02-2012, 01:48 PM
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Drafts in the US, are also specific breeds. The word 'draft' is just a collective name for them.

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I think it is used much more generically in the USA to describe heavies as well as the 'cob' types too. It has caused me a little bit of confusion as I lost a few things in translation :) STill theya re all beautiful!
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I think we have pretty much, all the same draft breeds here. Shires, Clydes, Gypsies, Percherons etc. Not many Suffolks in the US. Actually, not many anywhere. One of our endangered breeds across the world. Too bad really. I used to see several where I grew up in Norfolk and Suffolk. Some consider Friesians a draft breed, but they are really more a 'carriage' breed these days, rather than a draft. This even though in years past, they were used as draft animals. And of course, on the continent, there are tons of fabulous draft breeds we seldom see in the US.

After Gypsies, Shires are really my favourites. However, they are little like the old Shires I knew in England, years ago. Much higher on the leg and with less body, these days. At least that is what I mostly see in the US. Still, some do try to still breed those really, heavy Shires.

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I have a 19hh Percheron, he is just 5 years old and he is my heart and soul. I have just started riding him, but he's great!
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I want a draft horse so bad! But it would be really cool to have a draft mule. I especially love Belgians.
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Lovely looking horse! We call them heavy cobs in the UK. Gorgeous.
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I have a 19hh Percheron, he is just 5 years old and he is my heart and soul. I have just started riding him, but he's great!
Wow. HE IS HUGE! I owuld love to ride him. He makes my Clydesdale look like a normal sized horse...
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Wow. HE IS HUGE! I owuld love to ride him. He makes my Clydesdale look like a normal sized horse...
Bluebird, he is pretty big, he makes the Belgians that he lives with look normal sized too! I just hope that he is done growing! :) If you are ever in the states, come one over, we can go for a nice trail ride.
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