Possible new horse, a Clyde

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Possible new horse, a Clyde

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    09-17-2009, 01:16 AM
Possible new horse, a Clyde

Hello ladies and gents,
I have been looking into buying a new horse again. Sat down and still talking about it with the honey but looking seriously into doing this. I am going to look into it some more and think about what the options are and whats involved if I go back into that horse game again.

I do want your opinions on these 2 I have been looking at. Both of them are 5 year old geldings. Both are harness broke and have been used around the breeders farm as well as sleids during the winter. Neither of them have done parades or traffic tho. They are both papered and are around 17hh.

Tho I am waiting for more pictures here is the link to the 2 I was looking at. Wes and Jake, right now I am more interested in Jake.

Wildwood Clydesdales - For Sale

I have owned a lot of babies which I have worked with, trained and sold. I owned a draft cross which I worked with as well as the 2 spotted drafts I also worked with then sold. I have never yet, owned a full draft.

My main concern, tho I think I have great skill with working and training babies from scratch, I have never had to deal with a 2,000lb animal who doesn't want to work or do whatever it is you ask him/her to do. I would like with time to turn him/her into a riding horse(mainly pleasure, maybe the odd fun show here and there).

What are your thoughts on this?
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    09-17-2009, 01:31 AM
Kelly, can I be brutally honest with you?
I think these two are gorgeous, I really really do... but I am also thinking that you'd enjoy a broke horse much more... no worries, just riding. I'm not saying trained up the ying yang, but not something that you're walking on eggshells with either..?
Whatever you decide I will be behind you of course, I'm just throwing this out there.
    09-17-2009, 01:35 AM
Green Broke
If you did decide to get one of them, would you have a trainer to help you? I mean, 2,000LBS is a lot of power! Hah
    09-17-2009, 02:09 AM
My 2 year old Clyde is more mild-tempered than any horse I've ever come across. That can only be said for her, though. EVERY horse is big. Every horse is stronger than us. If you have doubts, maybe you should get a broke horse? If you don't want to go that route, try keeping your mind open (and budget open) for a trainer in case you need some help and a foundation for your horse if things get overwhelming.
    09-17-2009, 02:15 AM
I really like both of them! And as you know I love Clydes! If it is what you really want then go for it!
    09-17-2009, 03:26 AM
These boys are gorgeous! When I was getting my Clyde I was basically in the same boat as you. I've trained babies from scratch, helped rebuild trust and done loads of other stuff. I started with large foals through a school and moved onto full drafts. I knew if I really put my mind to it I could train a draft and I had/hear it is easier to train them to ride if they've been trained to drive already. All that taken into account and the fact I'm still working consistently with Sissy who is all over the place green, nervous, and spooky all broke down to just wanting a horse I can hook some reins onto the halter and take out for a walk.
So I agree with Just Dressage It. I have no doubt you can train but it might be less stressful to you and more fun to just have a horse already broke to ride. Maybe one with a little touch ups has already had a few rides put on them. I do wish you the best of luck with whatever you make your decision out to be!
    09-17-2009, 03:29 AM
OH and for upkeep!!!! If you do end up getting these boys or one of them or any horse with white feathers or just white try using Super White. It's a dog shampoo. It works better than my regular show white shampoos and it's a much quicker process. Just my personal opinion. Thought I'd throw it out there.
    09-17-2009, 05:42 AM
They're both already trained to drive single and double, so it should be very easy to train them to ride. I like Jake better on looks, but of course you'd have to meet them to decide ;) Just take your time thinking about whether or not a new horse is a good idea for you now. If so, hope one of them works out for you! :)
    09-17-2009, 11:30 AM
I think I like Wes' looks better. I think the camera angle throws it off and he would look much better in person!
    09-17-2009, 11:45 AM
I say absolutely go look at then and go from there :) You know you best girlie, trust your gut. No harm in looking, and these boys ARE spectacular-lookin' ;)

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