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post #31 of 54 Old 07-12-2014, 11:26 AM
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I love Percherons but are they for me
I never had a draft but love them dearly and wished I had one and I'am thinking of getting one should I?

I want a big sturdy 17hh horse

I don't jump show im just a little country girl with a big heart who loves to trail ride!!

I love drafts and always have since I was little!

ARE DRAFTS FOR ME?
That depends entirely on you and if you are willing/able to tolerate a horse that can be very unhandy on a trail (not speaking only of drafts, but any tall/heavy horse).

If you have trails that are not very manicured and have trees with low hanging branches or steep/difficult terrain, a draft will have more trouble navigating than other horses. If the branches are hanging low, you'll have to lean down really far or even get off and lead them underneath branches that other riders ride under easily.

Drafts don't have as much endurance as smaller breeds so if you want to do a lot of trotting/loping, you'll need to really take a lot of time working up to it and getting them in shape. If you have to get off, sometimes it can be difficult to mount from the ground unless there is something nearby you can climb on like a rock or a tree stump.

Now, all that being said, I have ridden my Perch successfully on the trails several times. If you're more content to just plod along at a walk, then a draft can do that all day. If you teach them to walk on out with long strides that are faster, they can easily walk fast enough to keep up with a standard horse that is jogging. They do tend to be more mellow/laid back than average standard horses.

If you would be content with a cross, that might suit your needs better. I've got a Belgian x QH that I ride all the time and use for ranch work. He's not quite as big/heavy as his full draft mother but he's got her super mellow temperament. From his QH daddy, he got a slightly more refined body, more athleticism, and better endurance. Just yesterday I roped 2 cows with him and we probably loped for 2-3 miles without stopping.

And, even though he's not a percheron.....

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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post #32 of 54 Old 07-16-2014, 05:47 PM
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Gorgeous horses everyone. They are lovely!
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post #33 of 54 Old 07-16-2014, 06:09 PM
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Here are a few recent ones of my Perch/Saddlebred cross Tess. She had just arrived at our new boarding barn and was checking everything out.

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And here are a couple from back in winter when she was all fuzzy

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post #34 of 54 Old 07-23-2014, 02:27 PM
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We have a half Percheron (late yearling, he's just a little tyke yet)

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post #35 of 54 Old 07-24-2014, 10:52 PM
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Is any body going to the percheron congress in Springfield MA the coming OCT

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Is any body going to the percheron congress in Springfield MA the coming OCT
Not me. Last one I went to in Manitoba, I came home with 6 babies.
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post #37 of 54 Old 07-26-2014, 12:15 AM
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Is any body going to the percheron congress in Springfield MA the coming OCT
I'll he there! My fathers passion are Percherons and Thoroughbreds(must be where I get it from.)

I usually go with him, see if there is anyone I adore there.

I would post pictures of my dad's team if I wasn't on my phone. :p
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post #38 of 54 Old 08-29-2014, 02:43 AM
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This is my newly aquired Moustache Bob (AKA Gentleman Bob). He is 22 (and skinny as can be, as his tetth had NEVER been done and he couldn't eat, but he is gaining now), and an incredible boy. His hooves were just tended to by my miracle farrier, and Bob's life is going up, UP, UP!!!




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post #39 of 54 Old 08-30-2014, 12:30 PM
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Is any body going to the percheron congress in Springfield MA the coming OCT
What is a Percheron Congress? I see photos from congresses in Ohio and stuff... what is it? Is it like a huge horse show just for Percherons?
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What is a Percheron Congress? I see photos from congresses in Ohio and stuff... what is it? Is it like a huge horse show just for Percherons?
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