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post #431 of 592 Old 02-24-2014, 01:55 PM
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Wow, he's gorgeous!!! And kid friendly too. That makes him worth his weight in gold, as far as I'm concerned.

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare
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post #432 of 592 Old 02-24-2014, 07:02 PM
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I love seeing all of the pretties! If hay costs weren't what they are, and if Central California would ever get some rain again, I'd be like the crazy old cat lady, but with drafts!
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post #433 of 592 Old 02-24-2014, 07:02 PM
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Ecasey, I hope she turns out to be a good riding horse for us. When she got off the hauler, she was great. Then she spent a week trying to assert her authority on everyone, horses, trainers, visitors. It wasn't pretty. She has been fantastic for the last 6 weeks and my trainer really enjoys riding her. Our target is for spring break. I will take a couple of lessons on her;)
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post #434 of 592 Old 02-26-2014, 04:12 PM
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I feel like I've been following this thread for years - everyone has such lovely half draft kids!

This is Zion. He is a smokey black Percheron/Thoroughbred cross. He is almost a year and a half old now, standing 15.1hh at the moment, pictures taken right around one year old.




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post #435 of 592 Old 02-26-2014, 05:20 PM
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Oooo, purdy and sassy. I love it!

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare
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post #436 of 592 Old 02-26-2014, 08:28 PM
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I'll add mine.... This is Otto 5yr old Belgian QH cross. 6 yr old this year I guess, 5 in pics. He has about 14 rides on him. He's a gem. :) very extroverted and naughty. ;)



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post #437 of 592 Old 02-26-2014, 11:50 PM
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Beautiful pictures! I love the "butt" shot, so cute!
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post #438 of 592 Old 03-19-2014, 07:19 PM
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Here is my half draft having a very bad hair day. :)

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post #439 of 592 Old 03-19-2014, 09:35 PM
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I love your horse ecasey! <3333

Here are the most recent pictures I have of my girl, from our riding lesson on Saturday. We're still in our winter fuzzies and it was our second ride since January. Considering the circumstances, we could look worse! :)





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post #440 of 592 Old 03-19-2014, 10:00 PM
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My fatty boy is back into the snaffle bit for the foreseeable future. He's officially outgrown every curb bit in my tack room so I'm currently talking to a bit maker about getting a custom curb built for him. It would be easier and cheaper to buy one that's mass produced, but I've not seen a draft sized curb bit yet that wasn't utter junk .

Anyway, he's continued to be a total rock star about everything. Our rides this winter have been very sporadic and mostly consisted of me hopping on bareback in a halter and plodding around the countryside or around town. The other day when I put him back into the snaffle, I decided to see how much he remembered about being an actual working saddle horse LOL. Worked on his stops and bending and sidepasses and rollbacks. It's like he never stopped being "schooled". Super soft in my hands, responsive to my legs, and reacts as quickly as his big clunky body will let him .



Approaching the "big, scary" flapping neon sign in the ditch. He was looky and he snorted a few times, but I didn't even have to take the slack out of the reins to keep him on track.






Goober, as I asked him to walk on past, he didn't even bother to go around it. He just sort of walked right over the top of it *shakes head* LOL.


And back in his snaffle, ready for a ride. Lead him toward the "mounting block" and he positions himself perfectly and then just stands there waiting on me to get on.


And I think he's tired of the wind like I am






And I'm beginning to wonder if he's hitting another growth spurt. I don't remember him being that downhill . I really hope not, 16.2 is plenty dang tall...


And this is exactly why I'm having some 10 foot split reins made for him. Those are 8 footers and I can't stand having them that short LOL. I like a lot of drape and a lot of tail and with him, I have to choose one or the other...so the tails are always getting tangled in my rope or blown up across my drape between my hand and his mouth.
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