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post #11 of 21 Old 11-07-2012, 02:23 PM
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I must admit, I haven't so much as sat on a horse in a couple of months, so I'm pretty desperate for a heavy horse fix...! lol
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post #12 of 21 Old 11-07-2012, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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I must admit, I haven't so much as sat on a horse in a couple of months, so I'm pretty desperate for a heavy horse fix...! lol
You MUST go and get some Clydesdale therapy very soon or I think there will be absolutely no hope for you!
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post #13 of 21 Old 11-07-2012, 02:32 PM
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I absolutely get what you mean by draft but I have noticed that some people still call their horses 'draft' when in fact they are crosses or cobs. That is where I get confused. I just got the impression that draft was used in the USA to describe any horse that wasn't a purebreed and was bigger than 16hh. Thanks anyway.
Draft horses have become quite popular and it seems that everyone either wants to buy one or thinks they own one. If their horse is stocky and taller than 16h and has some feathering, they seem to like to assume that means that it is a draft cross, which it very well maybe, but when you buy a horse of unknown origin, you never can tell. I stick to knowing mix breed horses as "grade" or if I know what they're crossed with, then I say so. My draft horses are far too precious to me for me to use the term lightly.There is nothing better than hugging a fuzzy wooly Belgian on a cold winter day!
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post #14 of 21 Old 11-07-2012, 03:27 PM
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There is nothing better than hugging a fuzzy wooly Belgian on a cold winter day!
There is.

Hugging a fuzzy, wooly CLYDESDALE on a cold winter's day!
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post #15 of 21 Old 11-07-2012, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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At last! Someone speaking total sense and that I am not wrong in the terminology of 'draft' horse in other countries. I love the fact that you have a Belgian and he is HAIRY. My two Clydesdales are growing fabulous winter coast and are looking beautiful, rug less, wind proof and perhaps a bit of rainproofing.
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You MUST go and get some Clydesdale therapy very soon or I think there will be absolutely no hope for you!
Well, it's my birthday in a fortnight, so I'm contemplating a trip down to Cumbrian Heavy Horses for the day....
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We don't have blankets on either. Though I do have them "just in case" but I think he wore his blanket once last year and that was because we had below 0 weather with an ice storm and severe winds and he, of course, refused to use his run-in! I try not to stall him either. We have a run-in and if the need were to arise, we have a large box stall for him, that I did use last week during the hurricane that we had! Other than that, I try to keep him as natural as possible! No shoes either, we're barefoot!
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Yeah, you don't want to have your foot trodden on by a shod heavy horse...!!

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post #19 of 21 Old 11-08-2012, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
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Well, it's my birthday in a fortnight, so I'm contemplating a trip down to Cumbrian Heavy Horses for the day....
I am so jealous! Give my love to Annie!
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post #20 of 21 Old 11-08-2012, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, you don't want to have your foot trodden on by a shod heavy horse...!!
Just something I picked up from the Southern Heavy Horse association in England. Don't wear steel toe capped boots/shoes when working with 'Heavy Horses' be they shod or unshod. If they tread on your foot, they can bend the steel inside your boot/shoe... unpleasant! I have had a broken toe 5 times and they have healed. An equine dentist who wore steel tipped boots as a matter of course in his interaction with 'ordinary horses' ended up having part of his foot amputated when he was filing the teeth of a Shire who accidently stood on his foot.
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