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        07-01-2010, 03:33 PM
    It is suprising how many horse people that have no experience with drafts will be automatically intimidated by them simply because of their size.
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        07-01-2010, 03:51 PM
    And what is equally amazing is that the drafts put up with their silliness.

    This second horse is a much more drafty and better looking guy than the first one! Congrats and welcome to the world of Bigger IS Better!
        07-01-2010, 07:44 PM
    Thank you both!

    He came with his bridal, but I ended up taking the bit (which doesn't even fit in his mouth) and throwing away the rest. I'd of been pissed if it had been used on me. :/

    I thought I got some pictures of it, but I apparently didn't. It was bent, worn and the metal parts were rusty. She'd somehow gotten it to be half inside-out, with the bit turned backwards, and it's been that way so long, it wouldn't go straight again. And yes, she'd been riding him in that, in that shape.

    I've wanted a draft since I was young, but some how I've always ended up with small horses. We have one who is a half-draft, and about 16.2HH and stocky (Fred; I don't think I've posted pictures of him), but it isn't quite the same, so I'm glad to finally have a true draft.
        07-01-2010, 08:00 PM
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    Congrats! He is purdy! We need more pictures :)
        07-02-2010, 12:58 AM
    Actually went out and rode him tonight. He's a great ride; smooth, well-broke, not spooky. Bit out of shape (30 minutes of riding, and he was tired) but he's a good ride.
        07-02-2010, 02:14 AM
    You will find with the drafts that they don't have the endurance of a light horse. They are built for explosive power, and slow and steady work. If you want a horse you can canter for miles, a draft is not for you. My perch can literally leap from a stand still into a full gallop without a blink of an eye, but he can't canter for over a mile without tiring out.

    Also with drafts- they are very prone to EPSM (monday morning disease) so PLEASE do some research on diet. They need to have a low sugar, high fat/high fiber diet. Sweet feed is a huge no no, nothing with molasses or refined sugar. I use a complete senior feed for my horses.
        07-02-2010, 03:06 AM
    Yeah, I know they're not high endurance (although it turns out he's half Morgan/half Shire, not what I thought), and didn't expect him to be. I just rode him at a walk in the round pen, but it was the first time he'd been ridden in months and he's practically obese.

    He was on sweet; I'm moving him over to the feed I give mine (need to find the bag... it's regular feed). I'm actually planning on cutting his rations once I get him moved, as it's all lush pasture.

    Of course, after I get him used to grazing again. I don't need colic!
        07-02-2010, 04:10 AM
    Hay replacement pellets work great too to keep the bulk up. Sometimes these big guys just can't keep weight on with just pasture.
        07-02-2010, 02:47 PM
    He's the exact opposite. He was on just pasture for years, apparently (finally talked to his old owner today) and looked healthy, but she decided that was mean ("I don't believe in just pasture feeding, I think horses need feed") and started giving him 2 cups of sweet feed, when she was feeding him herself (at the first 2 places). Dave's been feeding him 1 cup of sweet feed and 2 flakes of hay... and he's not a skinny boy.

    You can't feel most of his ribs, aside from one that he apparently broke when he was younger, and juts out a bit. And his armpits... it's like sticking your hand in a sweaty, leathery bowl of jello, haha.

    From what I gather, he was born on someone's farm, and stayed there until he was weaned; his father was a morgan, mother a shire, I'm not sure if the breeding was intentional or not. He was then sold to the Amish, broken to ride and drive (they apparently used him as a buggy horse and to plow fields), before being sold to her sometime last year (she's had him a little over a year). She paid $1000 for him.

    He's only been ridden 5-6 times (counting my ride) in that year, and has spent most of that time in a 10x12 stall, aside from those rides and when his stall his being cleaned. She rode him only once in the last 6 months, and then fell off him (as I said before) and decided he was unbroke and dangerous.

    HOW she fell off him I have no clue! He's like riding a giant sofa, goes slow and was letting me goof off in the saddle (I was using a saddle that we were given... I use it the first time riding all of them, in case they freak out and it ends up broken. It's only a 14 inch seat, with a high back and wonky stirups, and it's horribly uncomfortable; I ended up getting out of the stirups and sitting a bit too high in the seat for my comfort).

    Getting on him though, oh God. If I ever use him for light trail riding, it'll be embarrassing, because I'll need to carry a bucket around with me to get on him!

    I've also learned that he's had his name changed multiple times in the past (Cleveland, Patrick, Elvis, Sampson), so I didn't feel too bad changing his name to Bruce.

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