06-07-2009, 12:27 PM
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My gelding is a draft cross so I don't know that that is a really good comparison, he's about 17.3 and 1800 lbs. But all his gaits are fantastic. He is definitely "louder" than other horses, the ground shakes!! But he has a great, reaching walk, a nice job and wonderful ground covering trot that I can sit and his canter is very smooth. Haven't galloped yet, he just turned 5. I've heard that sometimes if drafts have a short back, that causes the horrible trot, plus a very steep shoulder and short, upright pasterns so your horses conformation has a lot to do with it. Cody "can" have wonderful suspension when he's spooking at something but it doesn't happen when I'm riding him without asking for it. I've heard clydes have nice gaits but it all depends on your particular horse.