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post #81 of 592 Old 08-26-2011, 06:34 PM
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I'm looking to buy a horse, mostly for trail riding, hoping eventually to get into longer-distance rides and competitions, like 20-30 miles, maybe even 50 milers if horse and I get into good enough shape. I'm a tall gal, and big besides, so I LOVE riding drafts. I'm pretty sure a draft isn't suited to lots of riding, stamina-wise. Am I correct in that assumption? Would a half draft be suited, or should I look for a non-draft horse that fits me? If a half-draft MIGHT work, what sort of things should I look for, or should the vet look for at the pre-purchase exam?

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post #82 of 592 Old 08-29-2011, 11:12 PM
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Meet Tucker!!





Meet Tucker, he is a 15 year old paint/belgian draft cross. He is the best horse. I ride dressage with him, and am going to my first show next month. We are doing training level 1 & 2. He is truly the best horse, has a puppy dog personality!! He is a great dressage horse, and knows more than I do! He also is great on the trails. His previous owner did fox-hunting with him. I love a draft cross, they are athletic and calm.
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post #83 of 592 Old 08-30-2011, 12:12 AM
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I'm sorry Mommygirl but I had a vote and Tucker is just to ugly to be seen, QUICK, load him in my trailer and I'll save you any more embarrassment being seen with him.


Sorry, only joking, he is lovely
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post #84 of 592 Old 08-30-2011, 09:28 AM
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when I started reading your post Golden Horse, I was like what is she talking about, but then I realized you were joking !! Thanks, he is a nice horse, he was perfect last night during our ride!!
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post #85 of 592 Old 09-02-2011, 04:32 PM
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I'm beginning to really like Belgian crosses. I ride one (Belgian/TB) at work who is a favorite!
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post #86 of 592 Old 09-04-2011, 09:32 AM
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Thanks, Dana. I'm going to do a trail lesson with our trainer and she's going to ride Aires and I'm going to ride Bubba, one of the dude string horses who is calm as can be. She has wanted to ride Aires for a VERY long time out on the trail, so this gives her that chance to do that, plus it gives me a chance to see how he reacts to things without having to be up there and experiencing them (if that makes sense). Plus I'll be on pretty much the calmest horse on the dude string, so I can concentrate more on my riding than on my fear because I won't have to worry about Bubba doing anything stupid. Hopefully that'll help me with my anxiety (it's not fear, exactly, it's more like anxiety).
I understand completely where you're coming from. I have the same anxiety about my horse. When I brought him back into work after not riding for a long time I would shriek just a little when he spooked. My favourite of his spooks was a 180 spin he did when some snow fell off the barn. He spun and planted all of his feet really wide, I though for sure he was going to take off and slip on the ice/snow but he didn't... I shrieked and clung to him like a baby though.

I think it's smart you're having someone else ride him out on trail with you riding a more confident horse. Hopefully you'll gain confidence on the other horse and your trainer can find out new areas where he needs work.
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post #87 of 592 Old 09-04-2011, 12:26 PM
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post #88 of 592 Old 09-04-2011, 02:28 PM
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i shrieked and clung to him like a baby though.
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You don't know how glad I am to find more members of the shriek and cling club here.

I have though now progressed to the EEK and cling club, slightly quieter version, hoping to graduate to the sharp intake of breath society sometime in the future.
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post #89 of 592 Old 09-04-2011, 06:48 PM
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You don't know how glad I am to find more members of the shriek and cling club here.

I have though now progressed to the EEK and cling club, slightly quieter version, hoping to graduate to the sharp intake of breath society sometime in the future.
HAAAHAAA!!! I think i've recently graduated to the sharp intake of breath society :) A few weeks back phoenix took off from a standstill because a bush at one end of the field made a scary noise. It took me a few seconds to realize what had happened so I didn't have time to shriek, I have to say though my heart was hammering away once I got him stopped.
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post #90 of 592 Old 09-04-2011, 08:56 PM
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Hi Everyone,

I'm just new to the forum, and I'm from Australia

I'm assuming I'm in the right area, as here we don't call them draft crosses - more so just clydie x's, or percheron x's etc

I have two beautiful clydie x's, one is a nearly 2yr old Clydie x TB and the other is an 11yo Clydie x Paint who I've just purchased!

Will definitely post photos when I get home!!

Everyones draft crosses look stunning!!
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