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    10-17-2011, 10:34 PM
Just adding my two pennies...

I have a two-year-old Percheron/paint cross gelding and he is AMAZING! Calm, willing, sweet, affectionate, I could go on. He's built so well, too. However, just like any cross, you get great ones (like my Aires) and you get not-so-great ones (like Aires' half-sister, Piper). Piper is built sooooo poorly (long back, extremely butt high, some other conformation issues) and she doesn't have a very great attitude (extremely mare-ish).
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    10-17-2011, 10:39 PM
You get marre-ish with most mares lol! Sadly, all I have owned has been mares except for my colt, Lakota :) I kneww Aries was a cross, wasn't positive of what. What do you feed Aries?
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    10-17-2011, 10:48 PM
He just gets two flakes of alfalfa morning and night. He's going to start getting a flake of alfalfa at lunch too, starting (hopefully) next paycheck. He's going through another growth spurt right now, so he stands about 15.2hh at the withers and pretty darned close to 16hh at his butt.
    10-17-2011, 11:00 PM
Those dared butt high babies :) lol, he's adorable may I add. So pretty much, just hay?
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    10-17-2011, 11:03 PM
I can't add too much more than what everyone else has said! But I work with 2 percheron/paint cross sisters. One is a good horse, though extremely lazy most days (though only 4 years old), and her older (6 year old) sister is a also good horse, but more alert and sometimes acts her age.. Like when she decides to lay down in water during a trail ride! But they are two definitely well built, sturdy horses with good personalities. Looking forward to seeing some pictures and hearing more about how she is!
    10-17-2011, 11:12 PM
Yup, just hay for us. Once we get into performance and all that (when he's older and ready for it), I'll probably add supplements, but right now, all we're doing is trail riding (once a week) and flatwork (walk/trot) in the arena on the other days (with a couple of days off).

I will say that Aires gets that lazy draft horse walk sometimes, but he can really MOVE when he wants to. We went on a trail ride on Thursday and once he got his confidence (it was his very first trail ride and we were on a trail he'd never been on before [we trail walked up until he was broke]), he stepped out and was just powering along. It was amazing feeling that much raw power under me.
    10-17-2011, 11:18 PM
Grr, I know there are more comments, but my phone refuses to show them!!
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    10-17-2011, 11:23 PM
I see! It is for my boyfriend, and he needs something that wants to just plod along. We went to look at a six year old, hee endded up being bucked off. In the meantime of waiting to ride, he is taking lessons. So hopefuly she works out
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    10-17-2011, 11:39 PM
How experienced of a rider is your boyfriend? I assume from what you've said that he's a beginner? I wouldn't put a beginner on ANY greenbroke horse. Not even my incredibly sane, calm, amazing two-year-old who has yet to *really* spook. The reason I say this is because beginners don't really have the know-how or experience (or usually the confidence) to deal with their pig-headedness or their lack of training.

Example: On our ride on Thursday, Aires and I had a disagreement about going over some rocks. He refused and turned around to go back. I had to force him to go where I wanted (it took five minutes, a lot of circling, and some ungraceful pony club kicks to get the job done). This is my amazing horse who works off leg pressure (did it from the very start...heck, half the time on our ride, I was guiding him with my leg, not the reins), direct reins beautifully, has a great stop and back...basically does all the things that a horse twice his age with twice his experience would do. Now, think about it objectively...would a beginner have the confidence (or know-how) to win the argument that I had with Aires?
    10-17-2011, 11:43 PM
Originally Posted by LovesMyDunnBoy    
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.

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