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    10-31-2012, 04:28 AM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Fingerlakes    
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Start at 3 and increase intensity and duration at 3.5 up 4. After 4 you're good to go with must anything.

This does not apply to draft horses. Back at 3 for light riding only . Start to increase at 4 but nothing too drastic. 5 for more intense riding. Cart and heavy work they must be at least 6 or 7.
     
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    10-31-2012, 08:48 AM
  #12
Foal
Bluebird 1ton is equal to 1000 lbs I've worked with quarters that weigh more then a ton heavy draughts should be somewhere around 1700-2000lbs most of the horses I have jumped are around 1200-1700 lbs.
     
    10-31-2012, 05:10 PM
  #13
Foal
1 ton = 2000lbs.
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    10-31-2012, 05:35 PM
  #14
Weanling
You got your maths wrong. 1 ton is equal to 2000lbs. No matter what else, Heavy Horse specific breeds CAN jump and by golly they can gallop but I still would not risk jumping mine competitively. My two boys (Clydedales) are far too precious and I don't want any problems with their joints later on in life. I am hoping my two boys live for a very long time and remain in good health - fingers crossed that I will own 2 X 35 year old Clydedales. Draft horses are different. These horses in the UK are called Heavy Cobs (they can get up to 17.2hh give or take a few inches) and are used for hunting, jumping and are good all round horses. I used to jump a wonderful cob (draft) who stood 17.3 hh but his bone structure and muscle structure was totally different to my two GENUINE pure bred Clydes. However, breed specific horses such as Clydesdales and Shires are bigger and heavier than your generic draft horse. They carry their weight and muscle differently to your generic draft which although may have SHire/Clydesdale/Belgian/Percheron blood in him, will have been outcrossed to have a large horse but with a lighter frame. If you want to know more about genuine heavies, read up on specific breeds or contact The Shire Horse Society or the one I belong to, The Clydesdale Horse Society (Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinborough) who is as passionate about 'rare breed' true heavies as me. Good luck with jumping your draft horse though.
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    11-01-2012, 11:06 AM
  #15
Foal
Hahaha im stupid. I'm not saying you should jump heavy set draughts but if you thin them out introducing hot blood into them and creating a sport horse (witch I own) they excel as jumpers. I have a vet friend who keeps a clyd cross who is all of 1800lbs will be going into hunters. Their ticker cannon bones provide more stability on the jumps.
     
    11-01-2012, 02:23 PM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by horsecrazed09    
hahaha im stupid. I'm not saying you should jump heavy set draughts but if you thin them out introducing hot blood into them and creating a sport horse (witch I own) they excel as jumpers. I have a vet friend who keeps a clyd cross who is all of 1800lbs will be going into hunters. Their ticker cannon bones provide more stability on the jumps.
Totally agree with you now! LOL. You should never jump a 'true' heavy horse competitively but if you want a really good sports horse then you can do no better than outcross a TB or Dutch Warmblood/Hanovarian with a Shire/Clyde/Belgian/Suffolk. If you then breed two outcross together you do end up with a good all rounder.
     
    11-02-2012, 10:54 AM
  #17
Foal
I'm trying to get into Irish Draughts I'm more of a fan of light draughts Hopefully if my mare turns out like I expect (shes only 2) she will give me a Irish cross that will roan out like she's going to! Haha!
     
    11-02-2012, 02:05 PM
  #18
Weanling
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Originally Posted by horsecrazed09    
I'm trying to get into Irish Draughts I'm more of a fan of light draughts Hopefully if my mare turns out like I expect (shes only 2) she will give me a Irish cross that will roan out like she's going to! Haha!
irish Draft? Even better
     

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