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post #1 of 62 Old 11-27-2012, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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What is the Best and Worst about owning a Heavy Horse?

OK, I'll start this one off. The best thing about owning a Clydesdale apart from their size, is their gentle nature, their beautiful gait complete with fat bum wobbles and cow hocks. The worst thing about owning a heavy horse is : food bill and mucking out.
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post #2 of 62 Old 11-28-2012, 09:08 AM
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The best thing about my Belgian, is that he is my dream horse: tall, round, chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail and a wide blaze and in the winter, his winter woolies and fuzziness are the best for hugs to warm up! The worst thing about owning a draft, is that when they do have a temper tantrum, and it's very rare when they do, but when they do, it's draft sized!
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worse thing is when they are standing on your toe
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The worst thing is...urinating. They can drill holes with those water cannons!
The best thing is.....everything else but especially getting a huge furry draft hug!
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I've never owned a big heavy draft horse but my old boss had the old fashioned type of Irish Draft and I have a mini draft (15.2) type The extra food bill mostly though our mini clyde is sich a good doer she eats far less than our more TB types
Getting on is another issue - I had a 17.2 ID x TB for a long time and if there wasnt a mounting block handy it was either loose a stirrup right down and haul myself up - very undignified or find a bank or a gate to stand on - or a nice person to leg you up.
A big horse absolutely makes more mess in the stable unless its the sort that does all its poos in one corner or along the side
And feathered legs - not a fan I'm sorry - our mare gets hers all clipped off but I can see that wouldnt look right on an actual feathered draft horse
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The best thing is the gentle nature and how my percheron will plow through anything without hesitation. The drafts, to me, are like old souls and naturally seem to 'have a clue' in life. I love to ride a nice, slow, lazyboy recliner on the trails.

The worst thing?....not really anything....but if I have to.....if my percheron wants to crowhop or swing her neck in protest...you better be ready to handle it and pretend that you can control her 2000 lbs whether she wants to or not! And yes, you stay very aware of where your feet are at all times! However, she is a statue unphased by much, so there isn't much movement in those feet either when she is standing.
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Worst thing:

Low laying tree branches and narrow trail paths

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I've never owned a big heavy draft horse but my old boss had the old fashioned type of Irish Draft and I have a mini draft (15.2) type The extra food bill mostly though our mini clyde is sich a good doer she eats far less than our more TB types
Getting on is another issue - I had a 17.2 ID x TB for a long time and if there wasnt a mounting block handy it was either loose a stirrup right down and haul myself up - very undignified or find a bank or a gate to stand on - or a nice person to leg you up.
A big horse absolutely makes more mess in the stable unless its the sort that does all its poos in one corner or along the side
And feathered legs - not a fan I'm sorry - our mare gets hers all clipped off but I can see that wouldnt look right on an actual feathered draft horse
Sacrilidge! YOU CUT OFF HER FEATHER....Arrrrrgh (Bluebird runs for the hills followed by two fully feathered Clydesdales)
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Sacrilidge! YOU CUT OFF HER FEATHER....Arrrrrgh (Bluebird runs for the hills followed by two fully feathered Clydesdales)
Soooooooorrrrrrrryyyyyyyyy!!!
Yes you best keep your two out of reach of me though, I couldnt resist the urge.
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Gulp, I clip Belle's feathering too for winter....the mud can be a mess in them. I also roached her mane this year. She doesn't have as much feathering as your Clydes though....
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