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post #1 of 12 Old 07-30-2012, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Trail riding with drafts

How many of your trail ride with your drafts? Mounting aid used for those over 17h? Experiences? Taught to bow for mounting?
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How many of your trail ride with your drafts? Mounting aid used for those over 17h? Experiences? Taught to bow for mounting?
I had an 18h Belgian gelding and used the tailgate of a pickup to mount haha... With Sam, we are learning to bow because he will be about 17h when he's done growing. They also make a "third stirrup" that you attach to your saddle and use to mount... I think statelinetack.com sells it...

*Beware of tree branches. On a regular sized horse they aren't a problem, but with drafts, you always seem to need to DUCK... haha...
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I don't own a draft but a boarder does - a purebred Clydesdale. There's a super tall mounting block for the owner to use. On trail rides he just doesn't get down!
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Step up stirrup

I think what thatdraftgirl is referring to is a step up stirrup, you can attach to your saddle. You can find them at Drafttack.com
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Back of a tailgate, fence, mounting block, stumps, what ever is handy. My only issue has been other horses are scared to trail with them and we have to keep them with the group we ride with normally. We had a great group in Tx that got together and rode often. A few of those had saddle horses that could keep up and didn't shy. Here I haven't had much luck with finding a group and I miss my TX buddies.
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I use both my Percheron mares as saddle horses and trail ride them. My only issue with teaching them to bow is them having to come back up with a riders weight now on them. A light rider I don't see an issue with but someone heavier I would, and before someone takes issue, I am not some skinny minnie. I can mount from the ground but since hurting my back, I use either a mounting block, truck tail gate or get my husband to give me a leg up.

They do make great trail horses, in fact, my mare Smoke and I were featured in the Trail Riders magazine last year I believe for just this topic.
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The tree branch thing - so true. I always used to get on the two Clydesdales that I used to train from a standard mounting block, but I'm fairly springy. I could get on them (17.3hh and 18hh) from the ground when I needed to, but I always preferred to use any kind of stump, wall, box etc to save their backs.

One issue I had with taking them out hacking was that both of them were very trippy. Usually just small stumbles, but one of them ended up on his knees a few times tripping over roots and things. Probably a combination of Clydesdales being very on the forehand, and them being quite young (I rode them between ages four and seven, bringing them on) and not as well balanced. However, did 20 mile rides on both of them, through woods, up and down hills and over moors as well as road work, so they could certainly do it...
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The tree branch thing - so true. I always used to get on the two Clydesdales that I used to train from a standard mounting block, but I'm fairly springy. I could get on them (17.3hh and 18hh) from the ground when I needed to, but I always preferred to use any kind of stump, wall, box etc to save their backs.

One issue I had with taking them out hacking was that both of them were very trippy. Usually just small stumbles, but one of them ended up on his knees a few times tripping over roots and things. Probably a combination of Clydesdales being very on the forehand, and them being quite young (I rode them between ages four and seven, bringing them on) and not as well balanced. However, did 20 mile rides on both of them, through woods, up and down hills and over moors as well as road work, so they could certainly do it...


Draft horses very rarely find their feet until they're over 6 haha... Between their long legs and big feet, they can be a bit clumsy as youngsters.
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I use both my Percheron mares as saddle horses and trail ride them. My only issue with teaching them to bow is them having to come back up with a riders weight now on them.

They do make great trail horses, in fact, my mare Smoke and I were featured in the Trail Riders magazine last year I believe for just this topic.
I don't see why a 1500-2000# draft should not be able to lift a 200+ person with no problem.

BTW, What issue of Trail Rider?
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I don't see why a 1500-2000# draft should not be able to lift a 200+ person with no problem.

BTW, What issue of Trail Rider?
It is the Trail Rider Magazine, July/Aug edition, Volume #20, No#6, Page #36.
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