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post #11 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Yess! That's what I love about the horse I posted a pic of, sitting his trot is like floating.
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post #12 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 07:59 PM
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They were made for working and plowing all day in the field, at a nice steady slow pace.
If you are going for speed I would say no.
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post #13 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 09:01 PM
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Mike, I think, down in Texas rode a Belgian. It was long time ago, so my memory is fuzzy, but I think they might have done 50's, too. In Texas heat.

I don't see why not.

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post #14 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 09:11 PM
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It's not the best breed for the job, but it can be done... slowly.
I've volunteered in many CTR and seen draft regularly: belgian cross, percheron, fjord. You have to train very gradually and learn to know your horse: resting pulse and speed of recovering pulse, speed and distance limits. With training, you'll figure if you horse can do it and if he enjoys the job.

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post #15 of 19 Old 11-24-2013, 09:31 PM
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Like others have said, it's unlikely that he'd be very competitive, but since that's not what you're looking for, I see no reason why he couldn't do just about any distance you wanted.

As said, he might have trouble finishing the distance in the time allotted, but the distance itself should be no problem.

Granted, my current main saddle horse is only half draft, but he's almost as big as his Belgian momma and has easily covered 15-20 miles in a day, much of it at a long trot or a lope.

Granted, I have no timeframe for the distance because we were moving cattle at the time but still... His long trot is a typical horse's loping speed and his lope is almost as fast as a standard horse's hand gallop.

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post #16 of 19 Old 11-25-2013, 12:07 AM
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You said he was recently gelded. How old is he? I would take his age into account as well and not push a youngster too hard.
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post #17 of 19 Old 11-25-2013, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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He was at stud for few years, he was only gelded because his owner started a family and couldn't give him the exercise and focus he needed. He's actually seven years old.
It sounds like as long as we go slowly and take care in the heat, the level i'm looking to do won't be a problem at all.
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post #18 of 19 Old 11-25-2013, 04:24 PM
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A lot of draft horses can dog trot almost all day. I'd let him find his trot speed and go with that and not encourage any faster.
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post #19 of 19 Old 11-26-2013, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by phantomhorse13 View Post
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:

I'm sorry...but that is too freakin' awesome!!!
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