Love this thread!!!
Please will someone start up some US show classes for cobs/mini drafts like the UK show cob classes where they are shown hogged/roached with clipped legs - a braided mane or shorter would be OK but these extra long manes/tails and feather aren't always practical and our girl is now redundant. If we left her legs unclipped they would grow thick feather. We bought our mini-clyde (as far as we know she is a clydesdale x arabian) as a 4 year old from a Brightwells sale in the UK, she was probably only 3 as just broke and ridden lightly on. She was for our then 14 year old son as a replacement for his outgrown pony. She is quite a forward going ride, never needs more than a gentle nudge and keeps going at that pace until asked for something else. She is more likely to spook at an imaginary gremlin than at a huge noisy truck, we've never had to 'desensitise' her to anything as she happily accepts anything you throw at her. She is bossy if she gets the chance, will round up her field buddies like a sheepdog and adores attention - can be a bit demanding of it when the farrier or vet come!!! In 2007 she and our two other horses left the UK by trailer, boat, plane and trailer (and a spell in quarantine) to eventually arrive totally unflustered in their new home in the US. Our long haired (just a phase) 5ft son is now 6ft and much heavier, she still carries him happily and her little face lights up when he comes home from college.