I have not sticked him. The coggins papers say it. BUT the farrier said he was easily 17 hands. My husband is 6'5 to 6'6 and his shoulders come about an inch below Moose's back. How many inches is a "hand" considered?
We bought him specifically to be MY horse that I could ride. I had not been on a horse in 13-14 years. Since then, I gained some weight, had a kid, got married, work...life...all that...BUT I knew I was missing something. I have always LOVED horses and had spent so much time with them in my teenage years. I started by going to the ranches for riding lessons, but I was a bit too big for their regular horses. I also got a few snoody remarks....how "we don't have a horse to accommodate you" WELLLLL I have a friend who is bigger than me, and HE rides all the time on his family farm. He has a draft cross. I called him and he told me to look for a draft and that I wouldnt regret it.
So I went on a quest for a horse that could "re-teach" me how to ride and kind of jump start me into the horse world, that I missed a lot.
He was, from what I've been told, a trail horse. He had been ridden by riders of all shapes and sizes, 2-3 times a day for 6 days a week.
When I first got on him, when I went to see him BEFORE I bought him...he didnt budge, he held still for me. My knees were shakin and I was just as nervous as could be. Any horse could have taken advantage of that. He let me get comfortable and gain my composure. He is very intimidating in just his size alone. Im working on getting the right kind of tack for me...that FITS me well. Then I will be up on him and riding him multiple times a week!
So those are my plans for him. I am working on getting my daughter started in 4H and I would LOVE to show but I think Moose will mainly be my adluthood "starter horse".