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post #1 of 5 Old 04-23-2014, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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going to be possibly buying a draft soon!

Hey yall,

Well ive heard from a few people that the auctions around here are selling more draft horses lately. one of my friends bought a good working Belgian there for 100. I love drafts and would love to have one! I don't have a lot of experience on buying horses from auctions but have been to them enough to know how it works. and that every horse there has some kindve problem. otherwise why would they be there? What are some things I should be looking out for when buying a draft from an auction? The breeds id be most interested in are Belgians, Clydesdales, and Percherons. I do have experience with working with drafts and if I cant handle something I have a good trainer I can call. And could I haul a draft horse in a two horse bumper pull with the partition taken out? I don't know exact measurements but could get some later.
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-23-2014, 02:30 PM
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Drafts that are trained to work are generally nice horses that adapt easily to saddle work, but be on the lookout for ANYTHING that appears to be lameness. A lot of drafts at auction pull up with foot problems more than behavior problems, namely canker. Canker is expensive to treat, not always treatable, and can take a long, LONG time to get through. Belgians can also suffer with issues like seedy toe. If you have the option to look at the horse before the auction, make ABSOLUTELY SURE the horse will willingly lift all 4 feet, because farriers won't put up with a draft that won't hold it's feet up or leans on them (and stocks are a PITA to keep around for just one horse).

A regular two-horse won't fit most drafts, unless you find one that's on the smaller side/a cross. They're too wide and too tall. A smaller one around 16 hands might fit if you take the divider out. As well, you might have trouble on the road if something that weighs anywhere from 1500-2000 lbs shifts it's weight in the trailer. Make sure your trailer and your truck can handle the weight.
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I can't answer the auction part, but as far as trailering, I can.

If your trailer is WB height and length, you might be able to get away with trailering in a two-horse straight load (I'm assuming that's the kind you're talking about, not a slant load) for a short distance. I have a 5yo 16.3hh 1600lbs Percheron/paint gelding who hasn't fit in a regular two-horse straight load since he was a 3yo, and who barely fits in a regular two-horse slant load with the divider out now as a 5yo. It's not just his height (you'll be hard-pressed to find a draft under 16hh) and width, it's their length, as well.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-23-2014, 06:11 PM
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Don't know much about drafts...

I would assume that a trailer that can handle two 1 thousand pound horses should take a draft. First, as above poster said, make sure your trailer is warmblood sized. Then, check the trailer tag for weight capacity and be sure to check your floor REALLY well. Heard a horror story (don't know if it's true) about a lady who bought a cheap old trailer and didn't check the floor. According to the story, the horse fell through the floor and was dragged to death. Once again, don't know if this is true, but gives incentive to check your floors regularly!
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Height and width of the trailer are very important. If they can't comfortably raise their head and are tight width wise there could be issues if they try to turn. A divider narrows the space making turning impossible - removing it means there may be just enough extra for them to try and get horribly stuck. Movement of one horse at 2000 lbs is very different than movement of two 1000 pounders moving independently.
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