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post #11 of 62 Old 11-28-2012, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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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....
OMG! NOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooo! Not the mane too. How does she keep off the flies in Summer and keep her neck warm in winter and how do you ride without a mane flowing in the wind.....LOL
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Trailering can be a chore with a big horse. Just fitting them IN the trailer! Then all the assorted trailering related things. Of course one should ways be safe and drive with brakes and a good trailer floor and all that but it surely has to be a bigger worry with a 2500 pound horse versus an 800 pound one.
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Trailering can be a chore with a big horse. Just fitting them IN the trailer! Then all the assorted trailering related things. Of course one should ways be safe and drive with brakes and a good trailer floor and all that but it surely has to be a bigger worry with a 2500 pound horse versus an 800 pound one.
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I ordered a 'trailer' for my Clydesdale and never thought to mention he WAS a Clydesdale. Guy turned up with an Ifor Williams tow trailer (these are for pnies and TBs) took one look at Patrick and said "I'm going to need a bigger trailer..." (Remember Jaws and 'Bigger Boat') We fell about laughing. He came back 30 minutes later with a massive horse transporter. Definitely a downside of owning a heavy! LOL
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The best thing about owning a draft (Percheron) is looking into their beautiful eyes everyday. Ahab's eyes are so deep and dark and fathomless, and when his black forelock tumbles down past them I feel as though I'm looking into his naked soul. And the fundamental question always lurking quietly behind them; "Are you going to give me that apple, or what?"

The worst thing? Well, we've dealt successfully with picking up those huge feet, moving over at feed time, the fountains of smegma are no longer an issue, but it is still impossible to ride him beyond a clip clop down the road and back. I am so frustrated by that; it's driving me bonkers! And getting a second horse, my ideal option is out because he beats up any other equine in his area. But he does have those lovely eyes.
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The best thing about owning a draft (Percheron) is looking into their beautiful eyes everyday. Ahab's eyes are so deep and dark and fathomless, and when his black forelock tumbles down past them I feel as though I'm looking into his naked soul. And the fundamental question always lurking quietly behind them; "Are you going to give me that apple, or what?"

The worst thing? Well, we've dealt successfully with picking up those huge feet, moving over at feed time, the fountains of smegma are no longer an issue, but it is still impossible to ride him beyond a clip clop down the road and back. I am so frustrated by that; it's driving me bonkers! And getting a second horse, my ideal option is out because he beats up any other equine in his area. But he does have those lovely eyes.
How come you can't ride him too far? My percheron will push through anything. She gets scared, but the most she does is breathe heavily and maybe a freeze up for an instant. She is also bottom of the pecking order and is scared of all other horses!
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How come you can't ride him too far? My percheron will push through anything.
I know! I love the pictures of you guys! Ahab just hates to be ridden. When I first started riding him, he would slick his ears back and walk to the far end of the paddock when he saw the saddle or bridle. He doesn't do that anymore, and I can tack him up without tying him, but he still hates it.

Once we're riding, he moves like a snail going out and jigs all the way home, and when he finally does trot or even canter, his gaits are unbelievably rough. I read so much about many drafts being damaged by being asked to work under saddle, I think it's true! I must be killing him! Oh, it is torture for him! He loves to plow, and will plow for hours with no complaint, but forget riding. I know that his saddle fits, and he has a thick 5-Star wool pad, and I use a double jointed loose ring snaffle.

But, on the plus side, he doesn't spook at anything!
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Best thing: stopping traffic when hacking on the roads.

Worst things: a full-sized temper tantrum. Some of the very well bred ones have a temper on them, and a broncing/bolting/rearing Clydesdale is no joke (have experienced all three, and it has made me think twice about agreeing to ride a show Clydesdale again!). Also the way young Clydesdales trip... it's quite an angle when one ends up on its knees.
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I know! I love the pictures of you guys! Ahab just hates to be ridden. When I first started riding him, he would slick his ears back and walk to the far end of the paddock when he saw the saddle or bridle. He doesn't do that anymore, and I can tack him up without tying him, but he still hates it.

Once we're riding, he moves like a snail going out and jigs all the way home, and when he finally does trot or even canter, his gaits are unbelievably rough. I read so much about many drafts being damaged by being asked to work under saddle, I think it's true! I must be killing him! Oh, it is torture for him! He loves to plow, and will plow for hours with no complaint, but forget riding. I know that his saddle fits, and he has a thick 5-Star wool pad, and I use a double jointed loose ring snaffle.

But, on the plus side, he doesn't spook at anything!
You know reading your post reminds me so much of Patrick my Clyde when I first got him. He was known as 'Flash' (because he was anything but!) on the farm because walking out seemed to be torture for him. I tried giving him light leg aids, stronger leg aids, moving my seat forward to no avail. Anyway, got a saddle fitter out to him and it was discovered that my old 2nd hand english GP saddle was putting too much pressure on his shoulders. Changed the saddle and he is a totally different horse. I do wonder, all joking aside, if you may need to try another saddle and thicker saddle pad. Try a swap and see if that helps. If not, polish up your plough, let him do what he's good at and get yourself a good hacking/trail horse. Once you own a proper heavy, they become part of you so I know you'll not swap your fab horse LOL
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I know! I love the pictures of you guys! Ahab just hates to be ridden. When I first started riding him, he would slick his ears back and walk to the far end of the paddock when he saw the saddle or bridle. He doesn't do that anymore, and I can tack him up without tying him, but he still hates it.

Once we're riding, he moves like a snail going out and jigs all the way home, and when he finally does trot or even canter, his gaits are unbelievably rough. I read so much about many drafts being damaged by being asked to work under saddle, I think it's true! I must be killing him! Oh, it is torture for him! He loves to plow, and will plow for hours with no complaint, but forget riding. I know that his saddle fits, and he has a thick 5-Star wool pad, and I use a double jointed loose ring snaffle.

But, on the plus side, he doesn't spook at anything!
I'd double check that saddle fit or try bareback. If still he hates it you could try turning riding into something more enjoyable for him, looking into Mounted clicker training skills - I've heard of people teaching horses to target mailboxes or trash cans or anything else while on trails to keep them mentally stimulated, the horses love the game of it and the reward for it :) My mare comes running when she sees the bridle in my hand xD


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Best thing about drafts: They're perfect! They're huge and can really take all my love (I love a little too much :P but they seem to enjoy it) They're fantastic snugglers, especially in the cold nights to borrow your face in their winter coats :3 They can do anything and everything from riding/driving/plowing anything in the world, my mare is learning unmounted agility (think dog agility course) as well as some basic mounted work

Worst thing: the damage! My poor barn can't quite take the beating. They're not intentionally so tough on the property, they're just big! My mare broke a chunk out of the wall when she was rolling she kicked the door and the bolt that shut her door (heavy duty bolt) didn't break, but the part that was screwed into the wall ripped out a huge chunk of wall x.x She rolled and turned out pipe metal fencing into a pretzel. Itchy bums do a number on fences so make sure you make yours hot :P Just got to compensate for their size xD As for trailers I find just using a stock trailer works best.
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I know! I love the pictures of you guys! Ahab just hates to be ridden. When I first started riding him, he would slick his ears back and walk to the far end of the paddock when he saw the saddle or bridle. He doesn't do that anymore, and I can tack him up without tying him, but he still hates it.

Once we're riding, he moves like a snail going out and jigs all the way home, and when he finally does trot or even canter, his gaits are unbelievably rough. I read so much about many drafts being damaged by being asked to work under saddle, I think it's true! I must be killing him! Oh, it is torture for him! He loves to plow, and will plow for hours with no complaint, but forget riding. I know that his saddle fits, and he has a thick 5-Star wool pad, and I use a double jointed loose ring snaffle.

But, on the plus side, he doesn't spook at anything!

Have you had the vet out to do a check? His back, neck, legs? Has the farrier actually evaulated his hooves, or does he just come out trim/shoe and then take your money and leave? He may be trying to tell you that he's in pain. An equine chiro/body worker may be able to help as well... Maybe get a wither pad/riser to get pressure off his withers...
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