How strong is the drive in a Belgian Draft to push and pull and just work?

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How strong is the drive in a Belgian Draft to push and pull and just work?

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    04-18-2012, 08:38 PM
How strong is the drive in a Belgian Draft to push and pull and just work?

Looking at selling one of our horses This would be a first for us as we have never sold any animal. He is very, very big and all he wants to do is work or run and push and pull. I am aware part of this is training, but would he be happier somewhere where he could just run all day long with a herd of horses instead of our paddock with 2?
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    04-21-2012, 12:53 AM
I hope you are able to find a loving home for your horse
    04-21-2012, 01:43 AM
You may want to look into someone who does draft horse pulls if he really has that GO attitude. I have a friend who does it a lot with her suffolks and while some just do as told some will do everything possible to make the pull with nothing more than a single holler from their driver.
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    04-21-2012, 01:51 AM
Thanks for the advice. I would like to add some things because I was tired when I wrote the post He has a constant need to be doing something. Always. Whether its putting a water bucket in a barrel or moving his hay into his water bucket, breaking window screens, or tearing down wood blockers
He has to be doing something. Now where we are we have a paddock/riding area and 3 horse stalls. We have a trail and large front and back yard. All together its 20 acres, but most of it is downhill on the trail and the rest isn't exactly for riding. Where he usually stays at the trainers facility he has the world and he is happy most of the time there. Not all the time though. I'm extremely attached to him and the last thing I want to do is sell him, but I think I really need to figure out if this is the right thing for him. It doesn't have to be right for me, but for him. He fights with our other two horses and even at the stable he is at he is quite pushy and unhappy at times. Opinions?
    04-21-2012, 02:24 AM
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He sounds kinda like my draft mix. He is bored. Give him a ball or something safe for a toy . I had filled some water bottles and would let them float in the water trough as a play toy. For my dogs that get bored I put in ice cubes in the summer.. I did that to the horses before also.
    04-24-2012, 07:52 AM
You could try to work him more. I donmt know your schedule or how often you ride him. The work doesnmt have to be more physical, you could try to make it more mental, so hems thinking more. Maybe try some dressage with him, or some trick training... instead of having his hay in one pile, spread it out in 4 or 5 piles. Maybe try getting a harness and cart and go for drives down the road.
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    04-29-2012, 08:47 AM
As others have said, you could ride/drive him. A horse like that may also be suitable for fox hunting. Not sure how big that is around you, but where I live there's a big market for big, athletic drafts/draft crosses for all the bigger guys who go hunting.
    04-29-2012, 10:36 AM
Vaulting clubs like drafts with drive for their gymnastics on horseback. You may find a club that's interested in leasing him. What state are you located in?

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