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post #1 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Draft horse doing LD?

The horse i'm currently riding is an absolute dear, and well mannered with a good head on his shoulders. His owner(not me) has done a couple competitive trail rides with him, since he was gelded this year and while he stills gets a little flirty he's settling well.
The thing is he's a 16"3 Drum Horse. Definitely not a light breed. I'm not looking to be extremely competitive with him, finishing a limited distance would make me happy. But do you think it would harm his health trying to complete a short endurance ride? Obviously, he would needs lots of conditioning and muscling, and i'm more than willing to spend months getting him to a place where his health wouldn't be harmed, but is this a possibility for a draft horse?
he's getting back into shape now, we're doing lots of trotting and going off road to help him get used to being on the trail with other horses(he's to the point where he's barely bothered until a crowd of more than 20 or 30 horses starts getting a little too close, and even then he just gets excited)
Here's a pic of him from today, to get a sort of idea about his build.
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post #2 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 06:19 PM
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What distance are you talking about?you would definitely need to trim off his feathers to keep him cooler. Hi don't think he would make a very good endurance horse personally as that is not what they are bred for.
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post #3 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 06:44 PM
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Exactly: What distance are you thinking?

If you are doing something like a 10-mile ride, I would think with proper conditioning and training, he should be able to handle that just fine.

But for a draft horse, I wouldn't necessarily go any farther than that. Not that he can't go the distance itself, but that he may have trouble going the distance in the time allotted.

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post #4 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 07:11 PM
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There is a lady who does distance riding on her draft mare in the NE.. normally LDs but some select 50s too. They hardly burn up the trail, but they both have a blast and are well known in this region.

What distance CTRs have you done? How were his scores? That will tell you a lot about his ability.
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post #5 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the responses, I'm all extremely new to this, and still learning a lot about it. 've never competed in any show before and understand i have a ways to go before i'm ready. I think 10-15 miles would be our maximum, and we would probably wait until after this coming summer when things start to cool down.
I'm not sure about his scores, but in his most recent one he came in 15th out of 50.
I'm honestly not looking to be competitive, i'd honestly be happy with just getting out there and learning from the experience. Finishing is my only goal really.
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post #6 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Time is definitely something we would have to work with, he can go at the trot for at over an hour straight in his current condition, but his trot is noticabley slower than a more sporty horse..
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post #7 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 07:33 PM
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Just to show you, this is Melody and her mare Annie. Amongst other things this year, they earned their Old Dominion Triple Crown after finishing all 3 OD rides!!

note there IS another horse and rider behind them in this picture:

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post #8 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 07:35 PM
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Why not try a 15-20 mile CTR?
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post #9 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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That's something i might look into. No matter what i decide to try, i still have a long while to get my butt into shape.
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post #10 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 07:52 PM
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Gosh, with a horse like that black mare, I'd be riding bareback. LoL. I love big drafts. They are like a moving couch!
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