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post #31 of 40 Old 10-24-2011, 01:10 PM
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Do you think even wiith it being young, would it be okay for a beginner to handle? He can ride, but he has never ridden a problem horse. I will be the one putting miles on her at first
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In my very limited experience with draft crosses, the biggest problem with a green draft cross is that they are a bit pig-headed. When Aires doesn't want to do something, it takes A LOT of persuasion and/or arguing to get him to do what you want. Most beginners don't have the confidence or know-how to win that argument. When you'd dealing with a big, strong horse (in Aires case, 15.3hh and 1200lbs or so), it gets even scarier. You also have to take into account that a beginner isn't going to know the proper way to keep up the training on a green horse without messing up said-training. It wouldn't be intentional, by any stretch of the imagination, but a beginner can teach a horse bad habits faster than you can correct them or catch them.

Honestly, if the mare was older (seven or eight), I wouldn't see a problem with putting a beginner on her. But, even with calm horses, "green plus green (can) equals black and blue."

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post #32 of 40 Old 10-24-2011, 01:17 PM
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I'm a bit confused. Are you thinking of adding another horse when you stated in this thread about stress over lack of money for the one you have?

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post #33 of 40 Old 10-24-2011, 01:36 PM
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I love draft crosses but my experience wasn't a good one. I bought my husband a percheron/qh, untrained, 5yr old mare. We thought we could train ourselves with a little help since crosses were supposed to be so laid back. That's not what we got though. She was gorgeous and smart, but I would say a little too smart. She had our number big time. I finally brought in a professional who did an awsome job on her ground work and even got her rideable, but when it came time to sell her it turned out her trainer was the only person she trusted enough to get on her. The man that bought her didn't want to put in the time to gain her trust and ended up with a lot of problems right off the bat. I think that's pretty rediculous of a horse owner, but definitely not what you would expect from a draft cross either.

I'm not saying this is what you should expect, but that you should do your homework on the horses personality before you decide they are all a certain way.
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post #34 of 40 Old 10-24-2011, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Red Gate, this horse is not for me. I'm simply helping a frie choose a horse to buy, we have decided to pass on this mare. We have a few more in mind in their teens. Is it possible to train a horse 15+ to do some roping? As in small playdays.
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post #35 of 40 Old 10-24-2011, 11:43 PM
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Red Gate, this horse is not for me. I'm simply helping a frie choose a horse to buy, we have decided to pass on this mare. We have a few more in mind in their teens. Is it possible to train a horse 15+ to do some roping? As in small playdays.
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Ah I see, thanks for unconfusing me

I think any age horse can be trained to do anything as long as they have the health, conformation and mind for it.

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post #36 of 40 Old 10-25-2011, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you :) There's a couple I really like
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Well heres my experience with a draft... I just got a new percheron TB cross a few weeks ago. She is 5 and had alot of riding done, however, it was all done at her 3 acre home for the last 2 years. When I got her home she was a blowing snorting dragon over everything for days! And let me tell you when a 17.1 big black horse with a head bigger than my torso wants to look big and scary, it is a 100% mission accomplished Under saddle she is great tho. I went back to basics with desensitizing trying to get her over all her boogie monsters. Though she is a dream to ride, I wouldnt put a green rider on her. She can still have her moments of baby and it could be too much for an unexperienced rider.

As for her being a draft there are so many things I didnt think through very well. I knew she was big but I didnt realize EVERYTHING would be bigger. And Im talking just about everything, from the trailer it takes to haul her, to the amount of food she eats(yes people say they don't eat more than a regular horse and for my girl that's a lie!), to the tack she wears, the poop piles I pick up, to the tempertantrums she has, to the irrational fear she has over stupid things.. I blame the TB half for that. That aside, she is the sweetest mare I have ever known! Never gets pissy or turns into the bossy b**** like our other mare in the barn.

All in all I am happy to have her and glad I got her, just glad I am a somewhat experienced horse person, because she would not be a good horse for a new or fearful person. Her owner was actually intimidated by her which was the reason she sold her. Drafts can be great, just be sure you know what your getting into.

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The Percheron is generally considered to be more hot than the clydes or belgians. A friend bot a perchon/arab cross that turned out to be a fruitcake. Breeding a TB stallion with a Percheron mare is a popular cross for jumpers.
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The Percheron is generally considered to be more hot than the clydes or belgians. A friend bot a perchon/arab cross that turned out to be a fruitcake. Breeding a TB stallion with a Percheron mare is a popular cross for jumpers.
I still can't wrap my mind around that cross xD
Percheron/Arab hehe
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post #40 of 40 Old 11-17-2011, 02:26 PM
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I have that exact cross, a percheron/arab/pinto, he looks like a giant gypsy vanner, no feathering though. Poor boy spent 5 years of his life in a pasture and learned nothing. So now I am teaching him the basics , like a giant 2000pound colt!! But he is sweet and willing to learn!
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