Originally Posted by LovesMyDunnBoy View Post
My friend ran into a guy at the store the other day, who is selling a two year old percheon paint cross. He said it is broke to ride, which has me a bit worried. I wouldn't start a stock horse at two, much less a draft cross. My question is, if we got her but stopped backing her, would she have problems later on? Also, does the cross seem like a good cross? How does draft care differ
from a quarter horse? thank you :) oh and I would love to se pictures!
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I can't imagine a training problem from not working her under saddle for awhile. I once got a horse who had been put under saddle before 3, but not worked hard. Just made familiar with the saddle and being ridden at a walk. After we became the owner there was no saddle time for over a year. Did ground work. Kept them familiar by putting the saddle on a few times a month, but no riding. When time came to ride it was a simple.
Absolutely check on the condition of the horse. Watch her trot, walk, make sure she's completely sound. Joint problems aren't always readily apparent, as horse will often just deal with a certain amount of discomfort or pain.
As for a draft cross....the most unpleasant one I've ever met was an absolute sweetheart. They are among the most calm horses I've ever dealt with.
And perhaps I've just missed it, but I've never understood people thinking that mares have issues. I've own mostly (over 75%) mares in my life and while I keep hearing people say that geldings are better, I don't see it. In my experience the mare has been every bit as easy and pleasant (even more so in some cases) as the gelding (can't really say that about the stallion
). I love mares and currently that's all I own (or plan to own).
Anyway, if she's sound and friendly I'd give her some consideration. Draft crosses make excellent horses depending on what you intend to use them for.....they're not going to outrun a sound and healthy TB
. But they're calmer and not as hot as a TB either.