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post #1 of 20 Old 04-10-2014, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Should I consider this?

I'm looking for a taller, stockier horse for mainly trail riding and just fun shows and goofing off on and parades and stuff. I'm a quarter horse person, but around here they rarely get to 14hh and aren't very stocky. Based on hip issues and stuff, were saying I'm still growing.. Which is kind of a problem because I'm 6ft tall already.

So I was thinking about getting a draft. Good idea or bad? Also what breeds should I look into? I can probably get a Belgian pretty easy, but other than that I have no clue.. I'm in northwest Tennessee, so if you give me ideas make sure they can be found somewhat near here please!
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post #2 of 20 Old 04-10-2014, 09:30 PM
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Belgiums come easy in northern tn, specially closer to ky. All you have to do is walk in any auction and there will be tons to choose from. I am in tn, and there are plenty of larger qh type horses. Maybe look in a few different places. Your height shouldn't hinder you as long as your a good weight.I havea friend that is over 6ft and he rides 15h qh just fine. He just has a problem with the fenders of saddles letting out long enough.
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post #3 of 20 Old 04-10-2014, 09:40 PM
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What about a draft cross? If you're looking hard in the right places it shouldn't be difficult to find a horse of a suitable size for yourself so I wouldn't restrict your search to specific breeds. Who knows what you'll find!
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Not sure how far you're willing to drive, but here's an ad off of craigslist that may turn out to be a really good horse.

16.2 hand percheron mare. Fun to ride
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post #5 of 20 Old 04-12-2014, 12:07 PM
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Cute mare, her saddle looks like a postage stamp up there
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post #6 of 20 Old 04-12-2014, 02:43 PM
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I'd consider draft or draft x. PerchxTBs make nice crosses =)

Although, I wouldn't limit yourself only to drafts (if your height is your only concern?). I have a full TB mare who is closer to 17.3h and stocky (built like a WB). You just have to keep your eyes open =)
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You can look for a draft if you think that would suit you but there are some problems with owning a riding draft or draft cross. First is tack, to get anything quality, you basically have to go custom for almost everything; bits, bridles, saddles, reins, etc. Bits especially if you want to ride in more than a snaffle because every single western curb that I've ever seen in draft size has been terrible quality.

2nd is feed and care. Some drafts can eat up to twice the amount of a standard sized horse and hoof care (if you can even find a decent farrier willing to work on a draft) is much more expensive too.

3rd is their physical ability. They are bred and designed for slow steady work...which usually means plodding along at a snails pace most the time. If you want to go any distance at speed, you have to spend a lot of time working up to it to get them fit enough to handle it.

Don't take this like I'm trying to talk you out of it, I just want you to realize what you're in for with buying a draft or cross for your riding horse.

I have 2 full drafts and 2 crosses. I used to ride my purebred Percheron until he outgrew my saddles (he was too green and his trot was too rough to do enough bareback riding to get him broke). I currently ride my Belgian x QH and do everything on him from plodding around bareback and in a halter to ranch work. He's really slow and not agile at all, but he's a sweetie and I wouldn't trade him for the world. Thankfully, my standard sized saddle currently still fits both my crosses, but if my red one grows any more, I'll have to get a custom saddle for him. I'm already talking to some folks about getting a custom bit, bridle, and reins that will work on both of them.


He stands 16.2 and weighs about 1500 pounds (around 1300 when in work and fit)








I also have a Percheron x Paint who I've not had a chance to really start under saddle yet. I've ridden him a couple of times but I just don't have enough time. He's going to have a lot more fire, agility, and speed than my red horse, but he doesn't travel as smooth and he's not as intelligent or willing. He's currently standing 15.3 and probably weighs 1300.

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post #8 of 20 Old 04-12-2014, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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I'd consider draft or draft x. PerchxTBs make nice crosses =)

Although, I wouldn't limit yourself only to drafts (if your height is your only concern?). I have a full TB mare who is closer to 17.3h and stocky (built like a WB). You just have to keep your eyes open =)
I'd kill to have a cross or just really ANYTHING big enough for me. Like... In a year or so there's a possibility I will outgrow my 15hh brat. I'm growing fast and a lot. (Yet again.)

My problem is I've been looking for a year now and have yet to find a younger horse that is or will be BIG that has decent conformation. Once they get past 15hh out here, their prices just skyrocket, too. And quite frankly I'm not willing to pay $7k for a cold backed or unbroken horse just because it might fit me. Jack that price way down and I won't mind the work or paying our trainer again. (Isaac is a saint. He owns mammoth mules and Belgians.)

So basically if I can find anything feasibly priced big enough that fits my standards, I'm jumping at it right now. Haha!
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post #9 of 20 Old 04-12-2014, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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You can look for a draft if you think that would suit you but there are some problems with owning a riding draft or draft cross. First is tack, to get anything quality, you basically have to go custom for almost everything; bits, bridles, saddles, reins, etc. Bits especially if you want to ride in more than a snaffle because every single western curb that I've ever seen in draft size has been terrible quality.

2nd is feed and care. Some drafts can eat up to twice the amount of a standard sized horse and hoof care (if you can even find a decent farrier willing to work on a draft) is much more expensive too.

3rd is their physical ability. They are bred and designed for slow steady work...which usually means plodding along at a snails pace most the time. If you want to go any distance at speed, you have to spend a lot of time working up to it to get them fit enough to handle it.

Don't take this like I'm trying to talk you out of it, I just want you to realize what you're in for with buying a draft or cross for your riding horse.

I have 2 full drafts and 2 crosses. I used to ride my purebred Percheron until he outgrew my saddles (he was too green and his trot was too rough to do enough bareback riding to get him broke). I currently ride my Belgian x QH and do everything on him from plodding around bareback and in a halter to ranch work. He's really slow and not agile at all, but he's a sweetie and I wouldn't trade him for the world. Thankfully, my standard sized saddle currently still fits both my crosses, but if my red one grows any more, I'll have to get a custom saddle for him. I'm already talking to some folks about getting a custom bit, bridle, and reins that will work on both of them.


He stands 16.2 and weighs about 1500 pounds (around 1300 when in work and fit)








I also have a Percheron x Paint who I've not had a chance to really start under saddle yet. I've ridden him a couple of times but I just don't have enough time. He's going to have a lot more fire, agility, and speed than my red horse, but he doesn't travel as smooth and he's not as intelligent or willing. He's currently standing 15.3 and probably weighs 1300.
First off: ADORABLE horses!

Yeah, I have friends with drafts and mules and my farrier/trainer has them too. I have a really great and willing farrier and the feed thing won't be an issue at all. This is going to be basically a camping and trail horse, if I do much else it won't be too terribly strenuous or fast-paced or however you want to word it. That's a big reason why I'm considering drafts. I'm not going to be eventing with it or anything like that so I'm not worried about speed or anything.

I knew about the tack thing, too. Ray fits pony sized EVERYTHING and Drift fits large stuff. I have pretty much two sets of everything already and just figured I'd have to do it again no matter what. Ray is my little freak of nature that looks like a normal sized horse but is actually a really weird size and hard to fit for stuff. His head is tiny but his barrel and chest are MASSIVE. Traditional qh there.

I just can't find anything around here big enough for me. If I could get a tall paint or quarter horse, or a tall tb, I'd kill for it. But I've had no luck. Everything tall is gaited (NOT doing that again) or bat poop crazy and overpriced. I just need the horse fairies to smile upon me here.. Or someone to drop off another horse with us like Drift. But that's not going to happen.
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How old are you? If you are growing extremely fast, have you been checked by an endocrinologist to be sure you don't have a hormone imbalance?

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