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post #11 of 16 Old 12-06-2012, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by DarenC1 View Post
I would so dearly love to, but I haven't the funds at the moment!

I did have a share of a lovely 18-hander earlier this year, but the owner made life a bit miserable, so sadly the share was short-lived!
Aw if you'd lived a bit closer, you could have shared my boys. Never mind, may be moving to Scotland in a year or so. Who knows....:)
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post #12 of 16 Old 12-06-2012, 09:20 AM
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Sounds good to me! :)


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post #13 of 16 Old 12-08-2012, 12:35 PM
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Blue Bird Saxon is a stunning color
and her looks so sweet and gentle too
good luck with him

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post #14 of 16 Old 12-08-2012, 01:16 PM
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My only experience riding a draft was riding a clyde in a western saddle. It was soo much FUN. The lope was like riding a big dog, so much space and time in the air. You can get saddles that fit them but it takes a bit of fitting (ie. standard quarter horse bars are not going to cut it). I think what people forget (and some will slam me for this but who cares) is that the basics of all riding is the same. The communication and aids all come from the same place. If your horse moves off your leg well and is balanced then really the saddle should be just window dressing.There is no one disciple that is ridden in the hands. I ride western because I find the saddle more comfortable. I have ridden english and sometimes throw the english tack on just for hahas. My standardbreds have no problem going between tack.

I do not show so I can't speak for the reining aspect of western but it might be worth considering. I would not recommend barrels (not because I don't think your horses could do it) but because the mechanics of it are so hard on any horses legs. I would also sort of feel the same way about cutting or bulldogging. I would look into some reining or some of the competitive trail classes they have. I can see that being an area that traditional harness horses would do well at because they have been selected for a years upon years to be well mannered in crowded areas. What I am saying is that I think competitive trial classes would be good for level headed horses. I have not met many (although I have met a few) really hot drafts, most are easy going and take life in stride.

In the end, just because you have trained him for one thing does not mean he can't be trained for another. In my book, the more things he can do the better.
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post #15 of 16 Old 12-08-2012, 02:32 PM
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I can't think of a single reason why you couldn't train both of them to be ridden western if that's what you want to do.

That's the only way my Percheron was ever ridden.
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post #16 of 16 Old 12-08-2012, 05:38 PM
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I don't think there is a huge difference in training a horse to go English/dressage and training him Western. at least initially. Both use a snaffle, and both will post the trot and use a light seat until the horse can carry the rider better.

the only real difference is that eventually, you might train for neck reining, and you might sit the trot more, but even that isn't a given.

I think you should do whichever is cheaper, unless you have money to burn.

There was a guy on here who had a Clydey in western tack and the horse looked great. The fellow was like 6' 4' and near 300 lbs, so it made the horse look of a "normal" size. I cant' remember his name.
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