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post #11 of 34 Old 01-30-2010, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Another thing I wanted to add to riding was comfort. I've heard that because they're so much bigger they're much less comfortable to ride. Is this true?
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post #12 of 34 Old 01-30-2010, 06:09 PM
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Comfort-Cody is like riding a big, smooth Cadillac! Bareback, he's great :) Depends on the horse. If you get a very stocky, steep-shouldered draft built for pulling, their gaits are going to be choppier than if you get one with longer legs, neck, better shoulder angle for riding. My guy has a nice, reaching walk, amazing trot from jog to extended you can sit it no problem, his canter is kind of like riding a freight train as we haven't refined it yet but otherwise, it feels good :)

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Like danastark said, depending on the breed or cross you get of draft, the trot can be pretty rough. IMO Percherons and Belgians tend to moved a lot heavier than Clydesdales and Shires. But that is very subject to the individual horse, and some of the nicest moving horses I have ever seen have been perch/TB crosses. However, even the roughtest trotter, in my experience, can be taught to collect back into a nice, lightfooted jog. My gelding is only 1/4 Clydesdale, but he is built very heavy - if I hadn't seen his parents I would think he's part Perch. He hit the ground like a jackhammer when I got him, but it took me less than a week to teach him to move much more lightly, and now I can sit his trot nicely. I have never rode a draft or draft cross that didn't have a great, rocking horse canter. I think because the gait hasn't been messed with much in the breeding, as it's not generally used for working purposes, it's pretty constant.

As far as comfort, in terms of their size, I presonally find them more comfortable than narrow, high withered horses, especially bareback. However this same feature can also make them much harder to fit a saddle to. Buying online is opened up a lot of doors for getting a hold of draft tack, but make sure you are aware of return policies if what you get doesn't fit - and make sure you have a professional help check fit on your saddles etc. I don't notice discomfort due to the greater girth, but I think some might.

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post #14 of 34 Old 01-30-2010, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much!
Do you know of any good websites that see draft tack?
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post #15 of 34 Old 01-30-2010, 08:02 PM
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Thanks so much!
Do you know of any good websites that see draft tack?
There are several mentioned on this thread:
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post #16 of 34 Old 01-30-2010, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much. This has been really helpful. Anything else you think I should know?
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post #17 of 34 Old 01-31-2010, 11:46 PM
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Well, if you plan on traveling with your horse, height/width can be a problem. My gelding is about 18 hds and I have to use 2 stalls of my 3 horse slant-load and there is no way he'd ever fit in a standard 2 horse trailer. I really need a taller, wider trailer but don't have the money for that right now so I'm limited on trailering, can only haul 2 at a time with him. He also limits what vehicle I can pull my trailer with. I have a Chevy dually which can pull just about anything but when I have to use my Ford Expedition, I have a weight limit of 6000 lbs. My trailer weighs 3000, then when I add my gelding, there goes 2000 lbs more and I can only add one more horse of 1000 lbs or less. I got my trailer floors redone with new wood and extra super welded supports for him.

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danastark mades a good point and one people don't tend to think about. Make sure you get an oversized trailer/ My gelding is only 16.2-3 ish but very high headed, and he can't load into a standard trailer, I had to get a 7 ft interior clearance one. Now he fits in the slant load stalls, but only just...he's 1800 lbs but then he's a cross. I have a 4 horse slant load, and chevy 1 ton and had to get special liscening for the weight of my trailer loaded. A full draft would likely need an open load trailer like a stock trailer.
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post #19 of 34 Old 02-01-2010, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Mmm, how much does a big enough trailer cost? We have a Ford F-250 that can haul practically anything, but getting a trailer might be a problem.
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post #20 of 34 Old 02-01-2010, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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I've been talking to my parents and they're considering letting me lease a horse, but most things I look at say for lease or half lease. How long is that?
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