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    08-13-2011, 01:46 AM
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I've been riding (western) for several years, and decided to buy my own horse several months ago. I have a soft spot for clydesdales so I've been looking for one. Finding the "perfect" horse for me has been a challenge, several leads and even more dead ends, but no horse. Through a lot of research I found a farm not too far away from me that breeds and shows clydesdales. The people there seem really nice, and have answered all of my questions so far (and I've had a lot of them!) The best way to see all of the horses they have available is to visit, and I'm planning a trip there in October.

The thing is, other than where I ride, I've never been to a horse farm. Are there any tips for a visit (ex: Questions to ask while I'm there, things to look out for, etc) A lot of their horses are show horses, and they have a good reputation from what I've read. I know the standard "Don't take your checkbook or a trailer" rules, but anything else that is important?
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    08-13-2011, 04:38 PM
You need to take a serious look at what you want this horse to do. Could it excel at this discipline? Show breeders put out the taller, flashier, "hitchier" horses that are not going to naturally do well as riders. They will have horses that don't meet the needs of a hitch horse (or halter horse) and might do well for you but you might really only have 1-2 to choose from.

Clydes on average are going to have a flatter trot that will be easier to sit than most drafts. They tend to have a good set of withers so saddle fitting is not as challenging. They mature both mentally and physically very slowly. Sickle hocks are probably their biggest comfirmation fault. Overbites are a problem (important in breeding animals). Educate yourself about the stallion and mare lines they use. In the draft horse world, there is more emphasis put on the mare lines and it's influence in the quality of the overall program than anywhere else. Clyde #s are very small so you can get rather profficient with who's who quickly.

I would try to catch them showing this summer. It's fair time and anybody that owns and shows drafts is out there right now. How do their horses stack up to the competition (even amongst other breeds)? What kind of presence of they have? Trainability? Attitude?....

I do have a clyde/Tb mare that could use a new home...
    08-13-2011, 10:40 PM
Thank you for your reply! I like draft crosses, but have my heart set on a purebred Clydesdale for my first draft. Just wanted to make sure that I asked the right questions, didn't want to show up and have them think that I'm not serious :)

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