How Smooth Is The Ride?

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    06-06-2009, 09:21 AM
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A lot of you know I'm getting my Clyde filly in 2 months. She will be my first draft. I was curious... In your experience, how smooth is the ride compared to other horses? Walk? Trot? Canter? Gallop?
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    06-06-2009, 11:24 AM
I can really only compare to Big John but I would assume that drafts are like any other horse. Some are really smooth and others beat you to death. :) *not much help am I* John at a walk reminds me of the elephant rides at the fair. It is really big and ............. wavy? Kinda like sitting in a big rocking chair. His trot is unbearable and impossible to sit. Over long distances, it will actually make me hurt in my knees, hips, and back. His lope on the other hand, is a beautiful rocking horse canter. I wish all my horses loped like him LOL. His gallop..........................WOW! It is just as smooth as his canter but it really feels like flying. It is phenomenal to feel that ground disappear with every stride. It feels like sitting astride one of those antique steam locomotives (and is almost as loud between his breathing and his feet pounding the ground). ;p
    06-06-2009, 11:37 AM
We have a Hignland Cob in our stable , whilst I would say that her ride is comfey in all aspects (she even jumps a good 1.2m ) she is not to be ridden for very long unless you can do the splits , like riding an oil barrell ( sorry more like an oil tanker )
    06-06-2009, 01:41 PM
LOL! I better start stretching!
    06-07-2009, 12:27 PM
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.
    06-07-2009, 03:27 PM
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My boy is 18 hands and is a bit clumsy at the canter so we don't really canter much. Not much need too. The gaits are really smooth. He has a really long stretch with those legs.

You do have to be careful coming up behind other horses because the pounding on the ground gets some of them spooked.

How old is the horse you are buying? It took awhile to get to the canter stage. I didn't ride until well after he turned four though.
    07-14-2009, 09:07 PM
My Clyde has a VERY flowey trot, its comfortable bareback rather than in a saddle, her walk took a few rides to get used to. It's different? I have no idea about her canter, I only got to ride it once for a few strides before she started trotting again, I don't think she has enough muscle built up in that way to ask her to do it yet.
    08-16-2009, 08:51 PM
Molly is a cross but her jog is like a smooth quarter horse jog and her canter is big and flowing and just sooooooooo..............comfortable. She has been one of the smartest, easiest to train horses I've ever had. Good luck with your filly, I'm sure you will love her.
    09-01-2009, 02:20 PM
We have a lot of drafts.
Galen, is not the smoothest ride but easy to cope with, not TOO bouncy. She is amazing.
Killian, Rocco, & Spud are smooth at every gait, love them. <33
Radcliffe is has a so-so trot, an amazing canter, but it's a little flat.
Love all our drafties! All of them could definitely jump a good 5 ft.
    09-01-2009, 03:01 PM
Thanks everyone! My filly is doing AMAZING with ground training. I can barely believe it. I don't think I'll ever sway from a draft for the rest of my life. I won't be riding her for quite some time, but I'm anxious to see how she rides. Her walk is a bit lazy.... she doesn't have that typical high step you see in Clydes. Only time will tell...

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