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post #1 of 17 Old 03-25-2012, 04:35 AM Thread Starter
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Clydesdale.?

I'm looking at having a go at this clydesdale for sale. He is 17hh and has basic work.
What's it like handling a clydesdale? are they pushy? are they really that big?

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post #2 of 17 Old 03-25-2012, 05:52 AM
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I haven't had anythig to do with clydesdales but I have worked with some large thoroughbreds and a big warmblood at work. I would think if he has been worked with very well he should be quite well behaved. Though it does depend on what you call basic handling etc. I would keep in mind that he is quite large but he shouldn't really behave any different to a horse smaller than him if he has been handled correctly.
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Ok thanks :)

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They are big, and especially when they are fit and muscled up... And like most breeds, some will be totally docile and never use their strength, others will push you around if they can get away with it. And at that size, you really stand no chance of winning. It's all about the individual, and remember that Clydesdales are not going to be as hot and temperamental as TB types, so that is something to consider. Clydesdales are beautiful and lovely horses, but consider that they need lots of feeding when in work (Particularly youngsters, when they're building muscle), special shoeing, and specially made tack for riding and special sized rugs as well... but if you click with the individual and feel comfortable and happy riding him, then go for it!
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Well tack isn't a problem as my saddle acutually fits a clydesdale >.< he is pretty narrow for a clydesdale

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Well tack isn't a problem as my saddle acutually fits a clydesdale >.< he is pretty narrow for a clydesdale
The narrow ones are nice, makes you feel like you're riding a tall horse rather than a giant!
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Haha yeah...thank God! I'm also kinda worried about how this horse has only basic flatwork. I don't know yet how educated he is. I'm worried he may be a bit pushier. >.<

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Haha yeah...thank God! I'm also kinda worried about how this horse has only basic flatwork. I don't know yet how educated he is. I'm worried he may be a bit pushier. >.<
Ask to go in and handle him some, you'll soon find out how much respect for personal space he has. And I've found that in general Clydesdales are very willing to please, if sometimes a bit slow on the uptake, so given time and consistent handling then he should be fine. But see how comfortable you are handling him first - go with your gut feelings!
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good idea!

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All of the Clydesdales I've handled are peaceful and docile. Very well mannered. I'm told they build a bond quickly and love you lots. :)
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