Draft crosses can either turn out really nice....or really bad. I've seen some pretty horrible looking ones. Thankfully, I lucked out with both of mine.
Belgian x Quarter Horse (forgive his fatness, he doesn't get much work in the winter)
And Percheron x Paint
They are beautiful! I think a horse like that would work perfect for me. I love their heads! I'm not sure why I just do
Littlebuddy, you live, it seems, VERY close to me since I'm in the Houston/Katy area as well. If you'd like, I can keep a look out for you. I have a few connections that may know of a nice draft cross for you if you tell me exactly what you're looking for. How far are you willing to travel out to see a horse?
That'd be perfect! At the moment, I could easily say what I'm looking for, but I'm going to run it by my parents officially just to get an approval from them, and then I'll go ahead and reply better. But, by what I'm looking for, do you mean general height or specific things? If so, I've always loved tall horses, anything about 15 hands would be good for me, but 16hands and above I would prefer. Feathering? Not a absolute but it looks gorgeous, not sure if draft-crosses get the feathering but it would be nice. I don't mind a half-trained horse, or a horse who needs a refreshment, I wouldn't do it myself, and would prefer an already trained one, but I wouldn't mind since I know some people who could train him/her for me. I'm starting to prefer a Gelding, before It didn't really matter, but my mom told me about instances with her Appy mare when she was in heat and a stallion happened to pass by on a trail, and with a draft cross, I'd imagine it'd be even harder! So I'd prefer a gelding. As for the time to travel... Anywhere around 2 hours would be fine, possibly 4 but that may be pushing it a bit.
A lot of those horses are so bulky size is irrelevant even if it's on the shorter end my guess is you'll end up liking it. How tall are you if you don't mind me asking?
I think the right cross would be perfect, post some pictures here for a critique because like I said a lot of them just don't work haha. For what you want it doesn't need to be fancy, just a good solid working horse. Get one like smorbs' that would be perfect for you :)
Yes I definitely will post pictures! And, uh, oh gosh. I know last year I was 5'2, but now I think I'm probably around 5'8-5'11?
I've tried looking for a Percheron, or a cross, can't find any in my area! But yeah, I agree. Hopefully I can find the right one that could at least have some fun in the competition ring
Oh, and not sure if I mentioned this or not, but I am on a budget. For buying a horse at least. Knowing my dad though, he'd probably buy just about anything no matter the price, and wouldn't add up all the care and bills afterward -he's not a horse person- actually afraid of them! (I didn't tell you guys that though
) My moms definitely the horse side of the family. We can support a horse, but the less we buy one for, (the right one of course) The more we'll have to spend on its care and spoiling it a bit
My parents are going through an divorce, and that effects the budget some as well, but my dad will most likely be the one to help buy the horse, but I and my mom, will probably be the ones to support it. So I'd say $5,000 may be the absolute up-most, But I'm not completely sure on that.