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View Poll Results: What breed should I pick?
Quarter Horse 16 57.14%
Shire 0 0%
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post #21 of 39 Old 09-06-2012, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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Trust me, winning is no concern. So long as we compete/try? Good enough for me!! And I love QHs and Shires
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post #22 of 39 Old 09-06-2012, 03:26 PM
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I say go for the QH or any stock breed. They are sturdy critters! Very patient, level head and forgiving. A shire really won't have the agility to work cattle. Any horse can pull a cart, heck my MINI donks pull me easily and I'm about 220.

Also remember shires (or any large horses) are going to eat more, drink more, poop larger, need XL things. Sometimes tack fitting for a draft can be challenging. They are going to need a larger stall, trailer, etc. QH are also closer to the ground ;).
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post #23 of 39 Old 09-06-2012, 03:57 PM
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I agree slidestop and the farrier will charge more IF you can find one to do a draft at all.
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post #24 of 39 Old 09-06-2012, 04:02 PM
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Basically, I need a horse about 1250lbs according to that
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Physically there's more to look at than just weight. Weight is just the part of the equation that most people remember. Probably because it's to calculate 20%.

Check the size of the loins (width and length...wider and shorter is usually stronger and desired) and the circumference of the cannon bones. There are formulas on cannon bone size for the weight to be carried. Large and dense is the goal (unless your racing, then you don't want those heavier bones).
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post #25 of 39 Old 09-07-2012, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Alrighty!! Thanks guys!!
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post #26 of 39 Old 09-07-2012, 03:04 PM
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Have you considered something like an Irish Draft - strength, quality, versatility and good temperament all rolled into one
Perfect for all your needs
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post #27 of 39 Old 09-07-2012, 03:51 PM
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Why not a less intense draft breed? Or something like a warmblood? I have a small draft mare (Canadian horse) She's the best horse I've ever known She's 15.2 hands and about 1350 pounds and fantastic action when she gets moving. She could easily carry a heavy rider if I ever cared to let anyone else ride her. There are a large number of draft breeds out there that are less maintenance and less intense than a Shire. If you're getting a Shire learn everything you can about common draft problems- they get em all. But why not look for a small percheron or a Perch/QH cross, those are magnificent! Before I found out she was a Canadian horse everyone thought she was a Morgan Perch cross which would be quite a thrilling sight! Draft horses crossed with any hot breed (TBs and Arabs and such) can be registered as American Warmbloods if you care that much about those sorts of things.

Personallyi go for the horse with the winning personality and the shape I like despite what might be fashionable this season in the show ring ;)

Good luck congrats on finally getting a dream come true!
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post #28 of 39 Old 09-07-2012, 04:41 PM
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I picked other, because as soon as you described yourself and the horse you were looking for I instantly thought draft cross! Something for light showing that can pull carts and stuff!

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post #29 of 39 Old 09-08-2012, 01:09 AM
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I have a lot of the same problem height wise. I have an insanely long thighbone. Seriously, I make 16.2 look SMALL. In a perfect world I'd buy 17hh+ or bigger, but then you start getting into drafts and they can really get expensive. I'm buying my first, a paint QH cross - he's 16hh+ :)

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post #30 of 39 Old 09-08-2012, 02:54 AM Thread Starter
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I love shires because legally I owned one for 3 months. Bf (at college in AR) saw a black shire colt at a ranch. Ranch was sending him to slaughter. Bf bought him for me. He was a playful 3 year old traditional black and white shire and I named him Royal Rebel. I never actually got to meet him. We set up to send him to a trainer, called the vet for a current Coggins. He failed his test. I ended up making the decision to euthanize him during school one day (I was a mess - had to leave class I was crying so hard and I was the hard never upset kid). Anyways, because of that boy, Shires hold a special place to me. He loved to steal my bfs hat haha - my fav thing to do too
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