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post #11 of 20 Old 01-06-2013, 01:27 PM
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The first time I was assigned a draft horse to ride at my barn, when I saw her my first thought was, "Oh gosh she could kill me just by stepping on me!" (She was only 16.2hh)
As you can probably guess, she is the sweetest thing on four legs. She can take little kids whose legs barely reach past the saddle flap or do advanced jumping lessons. She is now (with the patience of a saint) teaching me how to jump.
Now, I work with a 17.2hh Shire horse who is also a gentle giant, and I have no fear of his giantness whatsoever, because I know with the big size comes an even bigger heart!
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post #12 of 20 Old 01-16-2013, 04:31 AM
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Since I first saw a Clydesdale in the flesh, I always wanted one. One in particular was a big soppy beast who loved to be made a fuss of (compared to some of the riding school horses I'd known at the time!) A friend told me you could ride them along the beach on the Isle of Skye, and that just made me want to try it!

Now I've ridden more Clydesdales (and crosses) than I can really remember - and can't wait to add more to the list! :)
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post #13 of 20 Old 01-16-2013, 09:48 AM
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Since I first saw a Clydesdale in the flesh, I always wanted one. One in particular was a big soppy beast who loved to be made a fuss of (compared to some of the riding school horses I'd known at the time!) A friend told me you could ride them along the beach on the Isle of Skye, and that just made me want to try it!

Now I've ridden more Clydesdales (and crosses) than I can really remember - and can't wait to add more to the list! :)
The beach is a blast! Like riding a couch.

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post #14 of 20 Old 01-16-2013, 10:03 AM
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I had the pleasure of working with a Clydesdale cross when I worked in banff. I would have given anything to be able to bring him home with me. He had the best personality in the world, And his gallop was the smoothest I've ever experienced. He was literally the perfect horse for me, we were so in sync all the time. He had never been taught to jump, but I popped him over logs on trail all the time. My next purchase I will be looking for something like him, but I doubt ill be able to find one. :(
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I had the pleasure of working with a Clydesdale cross when I worked in banff. I would have given anything to be able to bring him home with me. He had the best personality in the world, And his gallop was the smoothest I've ever experienced. He was literally the perfect horse for me, we were so in sync all the time. He had never been taught to jump, but I popped him over logs on trail all the time. My next purchase I will be looking for something like him, but I doubt ill be able to find one. :(
You should be able to find a draft cross! They are not that rare. It is wonderful having them. In this area they must not be very common because I get the 'shock and awe' from people everyday almost. People literally stop and get out of their cars on the side of the road to ask what kind of horse I have. She is ALWAYS gets attention everywhere she goes.
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My next planned horse is to be a Clydesdale or a shire. I can't wait.
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post #17 of 20 Old 01-16-2013, 11:42 AM
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I am MADLY in love with heavy horses
I worked for a carriage company too filled with Percherons and Belgians, the Belgian I drove will be coming home with me when he retires (hopefully soon).
I'm currently the owner of a 'rare' Canadian horse too! They're magnificent!! Every time I think 'I like this type of conformation or color' it's always just like my mare! She's only a bit over 15 hands but she's built like a Tank, incredibly agile and flexible, built really solid. I think her breed could do literally anything!

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You should be able to find a draft cross! They are not that rare. It is wonderful having them. In this area they must not be very common because I get the 'shock and awe' from people everyday almost. People literally stop and get out of their cars on the side of the road to ask what kind of horse I have. She is ALWAYS gets attention everywhere she goes.
Yes I would be able to find a draft cross, but he wouldn't be the same lol. Sadly this was the only horse I had ever " fallen in love with" instantly. You just couldn't top his personality. I will be on the search in the next few years and hope for the same! Who knows maybe I just haven't worked with enough of them, and they all carry the same demeanour. I can only hope!
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Yes I would be able to find a draft cross, but he wouldn't be the same lol. Sadly this was the only horse I had ever " fallen in love with" instantly. You just couldn't top his personality. I will be on the search in the next few years and hope for the same! Who knows maybe I just haven't worked with enough of them, and they all carry the same demeanour. I can only hope!
I would say most carry that same type of personality. There are always exceptions. They are all individual and you won't be able to replace the horse you fell in love with...but the next draft you will fall in love with too even though they will have their own personality. I find that all the ones I've had the pleasure of working with are soft, gentle, willing, forgiving and loving.
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Yes I would be able to find a draft cross, but he wouldn't be the same lol. Sadly this was the only horse I had ever " fallen in love with" instantly. You just couldn't top his personality. I will be on the search in the next few years and hope for the same! Who knows maybe I just haven't worked with enough of them, and they all carry the same demeanour. I can only hope!
The beach picture of Belle at the beach was only her second time there. It was very windy and the waves were crashing all over the place. She is only ridden in a snaffle and she was great. I think most drafts react this way and trust their owners who are good to them.
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