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    12-31-2012, 02:34 AM
  #11
Trained
I have a Clyde/Perch/QH and she is AMAZING! She is responsive, HUGE, agile and has tons of try. We even do sliding stops with her, she looks nothing like a QH at all, other than she is a big finer which makes her athletic.
     
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    12-31-2012, 07:06 AM
  #12
Started
Consider a Gypsy. Tons about now, reasonably priced and are no longer rare in the US.

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Gypsies love to jump and are very handy at it. They make lovely dressage horses too. Most Gypsies are surprisingly fast and agile, for their size. If you want something taller, consider a Drum Horse. They are a cross of Gypsy and Shire or Clydesdale most usually.

Lizzie
     
    12-31-2012, 12:01 PM
  #13
Foal
I think most any draft breeds are enjoyable rides, but I've always had great experiences with percherons. I've owned two and currently have one I've had since she was a foal. I've broke and trained her myself and she has been a blast to ride! We trail ride through the mountains and she keeps up along with all the other horses. We currently do walk and trot with flat and ground poles in the arena, but I'm hoping to work on her canter possibly soon. I'd definitely suggest a perch, they're great!
     
    01-12-2013, 08:57 PM
  #14
Yearling
The Fjord
Considered a draft-like breed but they don't have the height.
They are agile and can be used for riding, driving or anything you put them to work doing.
     
    01-14-2013, 02:26 PM
  #15
Weanling
I'd always advocate a lighter draft for riding purposes, although the heavier types can still make nice riding horses too. I personally love an Irish Draught - they have the draft mentality, but are a bit more riding-horse sized. I've also ridden a very nice Cleveland Bay, and depending on the discipline, a Friesian can also be good (although they aren;t my personal cup of tea).


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    01-14-2013, 11:25 PM
  #16
Started
Here is a picture from the trailride I took on my percheron to the beach....only her second time there. She is the perfect trail horse:

     
    01-14-2013, 11:48 PM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet    
Consider a Gypsy. Tons about now, reasonably priced and are no longer rare in the US.

Question Most Often Asked

Gypsies love to jump and are very handy at it. They make lovely dressage horses too. Most Gypsies are surprisingly fast and agile, for their size. If you want something taller, consider a Drum Horse. They are a cross of Gypsy and Shire or Clydesdale most usually.

Lizzie
We had reining Gypsys at the university for a while. They were so neat! Had alot of stop for a draft horse.
     
    01-15-2013, 12:40 AM
  #18
Started
What fun. I've never seen a reining Gypsy. Seen several who run barrels and cut cattle though. Most do have surprising speed.

Lizzie
     
    01-15-2013, 01:13 AM
  #19
Trained
Ahhh I wanna see the reining Gypsie, that's pretty cool!
     

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