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post #1 of 7 Old 09-29-2010, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Oppinions Please =)

Well i'm looking to get a horse really soon but im confused on what kind. I know i want a draft and i'm debating between belgians, percherons, shires, or clydes. My favorite is the belgian, i love the color and how laid back they are. But i also really like the other breeds as well. Pretty much im looking for a horse i can do some ridding with, im not an experienced rider as i can not seem to stay in the saddle for anything faster than a trot lol, so i want a horse that is calm and mellow by nature, but also not one i have to push really hard to get it to move. I have owned a belgian before so i know how they are but can some of you please tell me about your drafts, and if you think the breed would be good for someone like me? Thank you all so very much.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-29-2010, 11:48 PM
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There is calm and spicy in every single draft breed, so saying one would be more calm than another would be almost impossible.

I think your best bet is to try and get yourself around different draft breeds so you get a better picture yourself.

I prefer Percherons after having been around the others. They are both calm and spicy and sort of the best of both worlds. If you are looking for a very calm horse, I'd recommend an older one with lots of miles.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-02-2010, 07:09 PM
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You also might want to consider height. If you're going to be riding on trails, especially on trails that aren't used too often, it's hard being on a giant horse that hits every limb. I'd be much happier on a 14 hand pony that a 17 hand Goliath!
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-02-2010, 07:22 PM
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Not me. I love riding my big draft on trails. Sure, you have to get more creative when navigating low limbs, but still fun all the same.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-02-2010, 08:11 PM
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Like Solon, I love my big guy and we do well on trails, just occasionally vertically challenged. I have seen some draft crosses that are about 15 hands but still chunks! Don't know what their gaits are like though with all that body compacted together :) If you aren't that tall, a shorter horse would be easier to get on and off. Cody and I have gotten really good at sideling up to truck or trailer fenders, rocks, etc. to get on. I wouldn't necessarily go by breed if you just want a nice, calm horse. Just go try them out because any reliable, nice horse is a great breed :)

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-02-2010, 09:05 PM
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As far as drafts go Im a huge fan of Suffolks. I've never met one with a bad temperment. And try are a blast to ride :)
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-05-2010, 11:22 AM
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We love our Clydes...we have two, but there is a difference in "spunk". Both are quiet, gentle horses... but our mare is far "spunkier". They come in a wide range of sizes too - some as small as 15.2hh.... others 18hh. I like them for their athletism, intelligence and willingness to work hard for people. (I've also worked with Belgians and Percherons... nice horses, but I just found the Clydes really caught me!)

On the trail, navigating low branches can be an issue - my mare is about 17hh right now (she's still got another 2 years before she's "mature")... and we've come across some trails we've had to turn back because we just plain don't fit unless I get off.... but she's an awesome trail horse.

I've found both of our have very comfortable riding gaits - lots of swinging action.
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