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    02-03-2010, 09:10 PM
That refers to whether you have use of the horse all the time or only share it with another lessee. Most times, you agree up front how long you are going to lease the horse.
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    02-04-2010, 04:48 PM
Thank you!
I hope I'm not asking too many stupid questions.
    02-13-2010, 08:31 PM
Just wanted to point out that not all draft horses have to be massive. My horse is 3/4 draft breed (Suffolk Punch and Clydesdale) and 1/4 TB. She will finish up at 15.2 hh, she is not really tall but definitely has the bulk. My saddle has a 9" gullet which should give you some indication as to how broad she is.

The other thing is that she eats only a third of what my last horse ate. My last horse was a QH/TB x and I had to keep him on an acre of grass, feed him hay, plus sugar beet and I still couldn't keep weight on him. My mare now lives in a third of the same paddock and is still slightly too round. I put the fact that she is such a good doer down to the fact that she has such a cruisey, relaxed attitude. Whereas my last horse was very highly strung.

If you want a draft I so recommend that you get one, here in New Zealand Clydesdale and Clydie x's are really popular and make great eventers and hunters. Go the draft breeds!!
    02-13-2010, 09:26 PM
Originally Posted by kiwigirl    
If you want a draft I so recommend that you get one, here in New Zealand Clydesdale and Clydie x's are really popular and make great eventers and hunters. Go the draft breeds!!
It's true they are quite the lookers. If you look at Fehr's mare Calypso, she is a Clyde/QH cross and she is quite the looker. She has the frame of a clyde but is VERY leggy and quite elegant. I absolutely adore that mare.
The clydes are nice because despite their draftiness, are nicely build for riding if they are cross with something light. A lot of the other draft breeds are more draft-like more shorter legged and thicker barrel.

Look up online what you like.
    03-14-2010, 07:29 PM
I have always liked the looks of the Clyde. I also like Percherons. I was wondering how much it cost to keep any horse on average a year, if he were being boarded?
    03-22-2010, 10:21 PM
I pay 2400$ a year for outdoor board (that's 200 a month) and that's about the cheapest it gets (around where I live anyway).

About 200$ for farrier (unshod) shod is more than double that
300$ for the vet (just checkups/shots not emergencies)

I don't grain (other than as a treat) but some horses cost quite a pretty penny with feeds and such, but one bag of regular feed a month would be about 270$ a year

Then there's tack/grooming supplies/miscellaneous (you might think you have everything you until you end up realizing how much the minimum really is) 300+

Then you always have to have at least 1000$ set aside for an emergency

So the minimum (barring any emergency) is about 3500$

With lessons and a stall (lets say a box) it's double that, at the very least.
    03-22-2010, 10:41 PM
Green Broke
I have an 18 hand, 2100 lb. Purebred Percheron. I keep him at a boarding facility and for $300.00 a month he gets:

12 x 20 stall
All hay
Grain (though he doesn't get any sweet feed or grain - only packer pellets)
Stall cleaning
Turn out pastures
Indoor riding arena
Tack storage
Trailer storage
Hot wash rack

As far as the other expenses draft-wise:

$100.00 for a trim, every 6-8 weeks
Vet care includes yearly shots 4way, rabies, west nile at about 200.00/yr.
Teeth: 145.00 /yr.

Plus whatever tack and horse toys etc. I come across to buy.

As far as the draft themselves a few things to remember:

Gentle giants are made not born.
They do not usually eat more than a normal size horse.
They can do just about any of the disciplines out there.
Ground work is the key to establishing a good foundation.
Farriers can be difficult to find and harder to keep.
For the bigger guys trailers can be tough to get.
Don't buy a permanent saddle until after they turn 6 (they are still doing a lot of growing).
    03-22-2010, 11:16 PM
Originally Posted by TrinaLaine    
I have always liked the looks of the Clyde. I also like Percherons. I was wondering how much it cost to keep any horse on average a year, if he were being boarded?
What are you exact reasons for looking into drafts vs a light horse?
    03-23-2010, 02:48 PM
Well, I've always felt more comfortable around Drafts, for some reason I feel more at ease around them than lighter breeds. Also when I ride lighter breeds( like my aunts Arabians and my friend QHs for instance,) I feel HUGE!
    03-24-2010, 12:36 AM
Green Broke
I always wanted a draft growing up. Getting one was the best thing I did. I'm not real fond of crosses. I've seen very few nice looking draft crosses. I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to drafts.

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