Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chula Vista, CA
I agree with the drafty owners here. Listen to the actual draft owners, not the ones that don't....they really have no clue...apples and oranges really.
My first horse was a nutcase QH. Though, she was perfect for me, I had no clue what it was like to own such a 'no drama' type horse until I accidently got my percheron. This horse was 16 years old and never ridden....she wasn't even handled for at least 3 years. With her there was no such thing as training her to stand to mount, riding her through a buck, worrying about her whoa, teaching her not to run me over on the ground or teaching her to be calm on a trail and not bolt. Ok, so I figured it came from her driving a carriage in her earlier life maybe? Then I acquired my draft cross as a 2-year old....thinking can I handle training a baby. But, once I met her, something said yes. As a three year old, I started her under saddle this past year. All I had to do was basically saddle her up and get on her with her looking at me like, "Ok, what are we doing now!" I can crawl all over these horses with confidence that they will just tolerate it all. Both have given pony rides to young children and both have had beginner adults on them in the arena. As trail horses?....they will push through anything that comes their way and react to something spooky with a heavy breath and possibly freeze and back up a few steps until I encourage them to go forward. No problems.
Both of mine are extremely easy keepers. My percheron does get more of a portion in food since she weighs 2200lbs, but nothing like I though it was going to be. Farrier I would say is biggest extra expense. Her hooves are still recovering after her not having hoof care for at least three years. I was told she wouldn't pick up her feet...but I have had no problem. She is good for the farrier. Twice, in a year and a half, she has pulled her foot back from the farrier, knocking him on his butt. I've heard of some needing the use of stocks, but mine are fine without them. My percheron needs hand made shoes on her fronts or her hoof wall just crushes and she has very thin soles. However, my draft cross has regular size hooves and very good, solid ones....barefoot for her.
I personally love the reactions of people when I show up with my percheron somewhere. She is the star everywhere we go. The first reaction is mostly, "What do you do with her?" It's rather comical.