I love my Belgains!
I have a 28 year old 16.5, he was my first. He's now just pasture patrol, he was part of a pulling team. Now I just line drive him in the pasture a little just for a little one on one.
NOW, I have Junior. I got him he was 3 1/2 (just turned 5) 18.2 hds and have started him under saddle. It was about a week (3 days a week training) with his saddle before I tried to get on him. He's been great.
He learns so fast. His down fall is he's lazy, don't want to pick up his feet to walk, he's like a teenage with their flipflops dragging them. Drives me crazy. He's very curious and if he isn't if you just turn around and hide something from him he has to see what it is.
My downfall is I'm short, and he doesn't like to take the bit, but he's fine when he has it in his mouth. You can't just get off of him anywhere and expect to get back on, you have to find something to stand on.
Also, you can't just go down to your local feed store or Tractor Supply and pick up tack. 90% of my tack I had to get online. Regular draft size halters don't work for Junior, I have to buy XL draft size. Farrier work will be more also, at least double. That is if you can find someone that wants to do it. Also my younger biggest guy doesn't fit in just any trailer, a regular stock trailer he stands on the ground and his head is as tall as the trailer, now my old guy can.
You just need to think about that if you go to look at drafts, cause I didn't. Now I'm having to get a new trailer just for him. If I could do it over about getting my drafts, I wouldn't change a thing.
True draft lover.