A whole new experience coming my way!
Went and rode for a new client who owns a Gypsy and a Fox Trotter. The gypsy and I got along well, but he's definitely different than other horses I have ridden. I've ridden a Shire x QH and a PMU Draft/Pony, and he reminds me of them. Lazy kinda, hard headed, but an absolute love. He's green by all means but a good boy.
I worked a lot on just getting him soft, moving off my leg, etc. Haunch turns were very hard for him. I was just asking for half or quarter turns on the fence. He did okay but not great. Sidepassing was alright but not great. Forehand turns were best but still need refining.
He also has issues softening vertically. He will go laterally great but downward we barely got anywhere with. I was thinking side reins or checking him up for a little while. His teeth are fine. I check up my cowhorses at work all the time but something about doing it to a drafty horse feels...wrong. LOL. I have no idea why.
So what do you guys think makes draft breeds different than others? Besides the obvious...Any advice you can give me on them?