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post #11 of 75 Old 01-06-2010, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Were are you in PA?
I got an email from a woman trying to find someone to rider her clyde mare. Shes around the horsepark. Or try some trail rides at haycock?
I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia. KoP to be specific. I'm not quite sure what you mean by the horsepark.. :\

But yeah, I've met plenty of Belgians and Percherons that are ridden, but not any Clydesdales. I don't think I've seen any Clydesdales in the area at all really, and he specifically requested Clydesdales. Doesn't really have to do with his size, like I said, my theory is that it's because of the Budweiser Clydesdales.

The issue with taking him on a trail ride is that he's actually kind of scared of horses. I don't think he'd do to well out in the open the first time. At least in the arena he'll feel like the horse can't run off with him.

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post #12 of 75 Old 01-06-2010, 03:31 PM
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xeventer17-Tell your boyfriend that Budweiser is now owned by a Belgian company, he needs to ride a Belgian
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THE bucks county horse park.
The trail horses at most places that rent are very very quiet.
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post #14 of 75 Old 01-06-2010, 03:37 PM
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really?

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xeventer17-Tell your boyfriend that Budweiser is now owned by a Belgian company, he needs to ride a Belgian

hmmmm didn't know that. lol. unless it's not true and you're just joking and then I had good reason not to know that. lol.



Back on topic. I have a 17.3 Clyde Mare. she's absolutely a dream to ride. I have done tons of work with her on her strides so she can do any speed, the faster trots if not posted hurt my tail bone but she floats at the canter and gallop. If I just loosen the reins and let her go it feels like she doesn't eve touch the ground.

Like some others have said it really depends on the horse.

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THE bucks county horse park.
The trail horses at most places that rent are very very quiet.
hmmm. Strange, but I've honestly never heard of it... well, that's a lie, the name jogs a memory but I've never been there. I checked it out online though, looks cool.

And it's not so much about how the horses act, as it is about my boyfriend's confidence. He won't want to do a trail ride, and if he does, he'll be so stressed out he'll end up hating riding. Thanks though!! :]


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xeventer17-Tell your boyfriend that Budweiser is now owned by a Belgian company, he needs to ride a Belgian
Really?? I didn't know that.


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Back on topic. I have a 17.3 Clyde Mare. she's absolutely a dream to ride. I have done tons of work with her on her strides so she can do any speed, the faster trots if not posted hurt my tail bone but she floats at the canter and gallop. If I just loosen the reins and let her go it feels like she doesn't eve touch the ground.

Like some others have said it really depends on the horse.
Hmmm, good to know! :]

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Yep, there are no longer the Budweiser Clydes at Sea World where Bud was a sponsor...... couldn't tell you who bought them but my hubby would know.

My gelding is a perch/clyde/paint/TB cross, appears to be 3/4 draft. He's about 18 hds, 1800+ lbs. He is so smooth to ride! I think just like any horse, it's the conformation that makes a comfortable ride, not the breed. My husband is a little intimidated about riding him even though he's quieter than our paint, just because of the size.

Goodluck in your search!

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Yep, there are no longer the Budweiser Clydes at Sea World where Bud was a sponsor...... couldn't tell you who bought them but my hubby would know.

My gelding is a perch/clyde/paint/TB cross, appears to be 3/4 draft. He's about 18 hds, 1800+ lbs. He is so smooth to ride! I think just like any horse, it's the conformation that makes a comfortable ride, not the breed. My husband is a little intimidated about riding him even though he's quieter than our paint, just because of the size.

Goodluck in your search!

Awww, that makes me kinda sad :[ I saw the Budweiser Clydesdales at the Devon Horse Show (a big show in my area) a few years back and I thought it was pretty cool.

But yeah, due to my man's fear of horses, I never really expected him to request to ride a Clyde!

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I rode a part clydie at a trail riding centre in New Zealand. BEAUTIFUL trot, like a cloud, but HORRIBLE canter.
So, if your boyfriend's just starting out, he might feel quite secure on a clydie, as they're so wide. Someone in the above posts explained that its like riding a couch. Not far off the mark!!! lol

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I've ridden a Clydesdale. It's like riding a couch. I loved it. I know there are a couple of posters on here who have Clydes or Clydes X they ride.
Haha!!! When my friend had a Clyde/QH cross, we went on a 3 mile ride to the local church Super Bowl Party...and she told me that Clyde's brakes were like a semi's... He had a super smooth canter, and a trot you HAD to post with. BUT ask him to stop and it took a few paces!


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post #20 of 75 Old 01-07-2010, 04:25 AM
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Smile I think stopping power also depends

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Haha!!! When my friend had a Clyde/QH cross, we went on a 3 mile ride to the local church Super Bowl Party...and she told me that Clyde's brakes were like a semi's... He had a super smooth canter, and a trot you HAD to post with. BUT ask him to stop and it took a few paces!
I think that size plays in a bit but training is a lot when it comes to that.
I have a word specialized for an instant hault that I use with Caleigh. If for some reason I lose balance or if I'm ground driving or longeing (sp?) her and I need her to stop immediately, she knows STOP! Once, loud and assertive. If I'm asking for just a whoa, couple steps out and ease into it I say Whoa. Again assertive but STOP means slam on the brakes and don't move, where whoa means slow down and ease into it.

I have ridden many horses that don't just stop and only ease into and others that just stop no questions asked. So I think it depends on the training. HOWEVER, if I have her at a full gallop and I need a STOP she will trip if told to slam on the brakes at that speed and most like buckle and face plant. I'd prefer a safe moving dismount or one rein hault in that sort of situation. Just my opinion and experiences though.

Just remember horses of any size are powerful animals and if they don't want to stop for some reason it's going to take A Lot to pull that animal to a stand still. Again just my opinion and experiences.

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