Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Taranaki New Zealand.
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!!