I just purchased my first draft horse last weekend. Meet Avalon's Limited Edition, aka "River".
River is a coming 7yo Shire mare. She comes from some phenominal breeding, her sire Metheringham Upton Isaac, is a 19.1hh multi-national champion (the grey below). Her damsire is Walton Troop Leader, a canadian eventer (the black). Her dam had a small but successful show career before becoming a broodmare. River's half sister (dam's foal) is a mounted police horse and actually carried the US flag into the 2010 WEG, she also does lower dressage riding with her owner. Well built horses, good movers, but level headed and rational.
She's had one foal, a black filly back in 2010. And had a minor show career as a young thing. I plan to do weekend carriage driving with her, as well as some light hobby eventing, and just overall pleasure horse. She's got some "hitch" to her step, but I doubt I'll ever really show her, there's just so much money involved in that. I am starting her on some basic Parelli games, just to get her to learn to move off of pressure and respect my space. She is very green to ground driving, the bit is still a little confusing to her. We can sit up on her and ride her with about as much success as ground driving, she doesn't mind that I'm up on her, she just doesn't know what she's supposed to do. She's got a good, level head on her, quick learner, not spooky, and mostly does want to please, she just hasn't had much work done with her yet. Let the games begin!