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post #1 of 18 Old 03-09-2009, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Information on the Irish Draught?

Okay so I think someone on here posted a pic of their grey irish draught and I completely fell in love! Does any one know what their average disposition is? How their upkeep differs from other horses, if it does.
Pretty much just any info you have would be great!

I also LOVE pictures!
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post #2 of 18 Old 03-09-2009, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Lol seriously? No one has any experience with this breed?
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I have and do. There are two types of Irish Sport Horses - the unregisterd, uninspected, non approved Irish Sport Horses, and the Registered, Inspected and Approved Irish Sport Horses.

More than likely, you are going to find the first.

Be very careful - there are some good lines and some bad lines - you will find the good lines more often with the Registered and Inspected Lines, than you will with the non.

This is a very popular breed here in Southwestern Michigan - but majority of them are lines I wouldn't touch.

Do your research, and be aware of who you are buying from.

I do love the Irish Sport Horse - but I love the well bred one's. I've ridden and worked with my share.

They mature slowly. That means joints, bones, mentally, physcially. Most of the "Irish Sport Horses" I've worked and ridden mature slowly mentally - they were ornary and opinionated until about the age of 9 - but again, I worked unregistered, unapproved, uninspected lines.

Look for those titled IDSH. Look for breeders under the IDHSNA. Then you'll know you are getting Inspected, Approved, Registered horses.
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Over here, the 'irish sport horse' is completely different to the Irish Draught. The Irish Draught is an ancient, completely separate breed, the irish sport horse is simply a hunter-type horse that has been imported from Ireland.

As the name suggests, they were originally draught horses and were mainly used for agricultural work. They are popularly crossed with the thoroughbred to create a slightly finer, riding horse.

I love Irish Draughts - I had a thoroughbred x ID a few years ago, she had the most fantastic, willing temperament. I had her from when she was 2 until she was 4, I backed her myself and she was the easiest ever to 'do'.

They're fairly cheap to feed because, even though they're big horses, they're very good doers and live on fresh air.

They cost quite a lot of money over here because they are such a popular breed/cross.
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post #5 of 18 Old 11-17-2009, 10:30 AM
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You could look at the Irish Draught Society site for information on the breed. They are 'endangered' these days as so few people are producing them, this is thought to be because for decades people bred them for conformation rather than performance and what made them great all around horses has gone.

Generally speaking they are calm, quite, good doers, excellent jumpers, great stamina, and make wonderful all round family horses...

"Did I not just use the word 'puzzling'?"

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i have riden a few and it does take a ladder to come up on them, but they have the sweetest most gentle temperment and are super at eating grass, ive heard the most expensive part of keeping them is the shoes, as they are so big some have to be specially made.
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post #7 of 18 Old 11-17-2009, 01:31 PM
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I absolutely love the breed. eventually i'm going to breed to this RID when i find a comparable mare to go with him

Irish Draught Stallion Bridon Belfrey RID

"The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on; it is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible the change is for the better."
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post #8 of 18 Old 11-17-2009, 01:37 PM
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Look on my profile and you will see a photo of a dapple grey Irish draught/Connemara mare - my DiDi. She is registered with the Irish Draught Society.
Irish Draughts themselves are a stockily built ride and drive tall horses with a broad back, big butt and deep chest. They make excellent fox hunters. They have been used in the past to beef up other breeds of horse who lack substance. However IDs are not cart horses neither do they have much feather.

It is common these days to cross them with Connemara ponies who have a height limit of 14h2 max - so if you blend the two breeds you get something like my DiDi who is 15h2. DiDi's mum was recorded as "Molly" probably a Connemara

Irish sports horses, a relatively new "breed", usually have some throroughbred in the genes as well as Irish draught but they are bred to be lighter in conformation.

Most Irish horses, except perhaps for the racing TBs, are good doers - the Irish climate being ideal for growing nutritious grass. But if the horse was born on the west coast they will be hardy because of the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean with the wind and the rain.

Temperament is invariably"kind". But they can also be highly intelligent. They are strong with lots of stamina.
But as with many breeds, it is their upbringing that decides temperament as much as the genes.

In the UK they are not that easy to find for sale - you can find them but you won't have much choice. Price is usually higher than average. Look on the web for Irish Draught Horse Society site - there is one British and one Irish site.

DiDi's temperament is exceptional - you can get right in close to this girl without fear or hesitation. She'll not hurt you. My DiDi is a good looking, powerful, fast, intelligent, forward going, sensitive mare who can twist me round her front feet. She is up to any weight of rider, despite her relatively small size by European standards. However she is a touch skittish and she needs to feel confident in her rider - she is not a novice ride.

She has a broad back, a big butt and a deep chest but she'll go, when asked, "on the bit" and is never on the forehand. You merely have to think it and she knows instantly what you were thinking. She is a crafty Irish huzzy - and that in a way is a compliment.

If you know what you are doing with horses then buy one - providing you get the impression that the horse likes you as much as you like the look of it.

Traditionally one of Ireland's biggest exports have been horses. They do well at both flat and jump racing. Look up on the internet "The Grand National" and you'll find a long list of Irish bred winners of what arguably the world's most arduous race.

What more can I write?

Barry G

PS If you search for "DiDi" , then you'll find her name mentioned in posts I have written.
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post #9 of 18 Old 11-17-2009, 03:45 PM
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I would love to have an ID but I couldn't find one for sale here that wasn't a pregnant mare, a mare with a foal at foot, or a very expensive gelding :(

"Did I not just use the word 'puzzling'?"

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post #10 of 18 Old 11-17-2009, 06:41 PM
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The barn I am now boarding at breeds them, but they are not registered, nor inspected or part of the RID programing.

I have a question though - are there 3 types of Irish Horses?

Meaning, Irish Draught *Being full draft*
Irish Sport Horse *Being 3/4 TB and 1/4 Irish Draught*

And I heard of the Irish Hunter, and I was told that the Irish Hunter is 1/2 TB and 1/2 Irish Draught. Is this true?

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