Originally Posted by littlebuddy123 View Post
@Roux I could imagine! Big ole clonkers they got, its amazing how gentle they are :) I've only met a few though.
Shouldn't be looking at horses yet, can't hep it! Just for the fun of it ;)
This boy isn't a cross, and I were to get him, he'd probably just be a nice trail ride, he is a Shire, $2,500, 8 years old, 18 hands high! Probably getting a little bit ahead of myself. Ride-able, and since it seemed like hes used to pulling things, I'm sure the ranch I am getting lessons and helping out at, would love his help around the ranch, since she pays people to haul things here and there, IF I were to get him. He isn't in Texas though, but less than an hour away from some family, some of my 'horse' family- So I could still test him out and be able to bring him back here. Again, half for the fun of it
Since I'm not yet ready, but who knows, he might still be available when I am! But, what do you guys think? A SHIRE who is Calm, Gorgeous, and Well Behaved!
Do you have the experience (and $$) to deal with a horse 18hh?? Even the most gentle calm horse is still a horse and is also still unpredictable. That is why (plus athleticism) we are advising against a full draft. And he's not 18hh I see, he's 18.2. May not seem like a big difference but trust me in person that's huge. How tall are you?
Let's put it this way. I am not really a draft person and prefer my little hot horses, regardless of that I am a very experienced handler and work with many horses daily. I would NOT want to deal with a horse that big!! The biggest I deal with regularly is about 17.2 and those are horses I know well and feel comfortable with. PAIN to tack up though, and I've ridden the one and while he doesn't feel so big undersaddle not my favorite. I'm 5'3" but still.
The SMALLEST amount of disrespectful behavior could get you killed, and you don't have the experience to keep that from happening.
So no, wayyy too big. You say you've only known a few drafts so you may like them but you have no idea what you're in for from the sound of it. I would put a cap at 17hh. No bigger. There are plenty of nice drafty Percherons and many more crosses in the 16hh, or less, range.
All that ad really says is he rides and drives (supposedly). His temperament thing says 2/10 (I'd ask why, though don't at all go by those) He is cute. Shrug.
I hate riding drafts, they are (generalization) strong and pushy. Do you have the experience and muscle to actually ride him and keep his head up? What if he spooks? Will you ride him and stop him or be a little insect on his back as he gallops away. He's not absurdly beefy which is good, just way too big.
$2,500??? For what a horse that "hooks up and behaves well with it" and does trail riding but does not neck rein. That's a lot of money for a dime a dozen horse. (well maybe not because of his size.. maybe that's why they upped the price!)
If you do go look at this horse do NOT spend that much on him!!