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post #31 of 39 Old 09-14-2012, 09:05 PM
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I picked other...

I found my aunt a really nice looking QH/Belgian cross. He is actually built REALLY nice for a draft cross.

I wouldn't want to foot the feed bill for a pure bred draft and I think a nice cross would be a little more agile.
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post #32 of 39 Old 09-16-2012, 09:45 PM
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So I think your heart is a little bit set on a shire. It also sounds like you need to narrow down what kind of activities you want to do because a horse that does cow cutting is not necessarily going to be able to pull a cart. Horses need to have cow in their blood lines to be good at working cattle which leaves you with quarter horses and paints. If your not serious about cutting and just want to have fun then get a shire. If money is not an issue you can get some extremly stout and strong quarter horses or paints. Dont settle get what you like!
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post #33 of 39 Old 09-16-2012, 10:39 PM
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I'm with looking at the QH or other stock horse breed {appy or paint}. You have to look more for the big ranch horse type. They would much better suit your needs size wise & discipline you are wanting to pursue.
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post #34 of 39 Old 09-19-2012, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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My heart is set on shire, but my brain is set on QH... My sister, Liza, (well, not really sister but close enough) was lookin at buyin a foal in utero (she switched hobbies. Again) and I really like one of the dams... Is buyin a foal in utero too risky or not smart?
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post #35 of 39 Old 09-19-2012, 08:30 PM
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it's fine if you have a contract AND are VERY well versed in raising foals! Stud colts can be some of the most dangerous animals you could ever work with. Foals require So much, very specific, very precise work. They are born knowing Nothing but their own instincts so you need to teach them everything. It's more work than it sounds like. Much more.
And you can't ride them for at least (IMO) 3 years. Get a horse you can ride and enjoy.
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post #36 of 39 Old 09-19-2012, 08:57 PM
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^ Agreed.

Horses need to have cow in their blood lines to be good at working cattle

I don't necessarily agree with that, flyinghooves. We have at least three owners of Gypsy Horses, here in the US, who are used for working cattle. The fellow in Texas, only uses his Gypsy, to work, round-up and cut, all his cattle. They can be surprisingly nimble.

Above is another GH, who, when not in the show ring, works cattle. I'm sure other breeds could do it too, if trained.


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post #37 of 39 Old 09-19-2012, 09:21 PM
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I would say skip on the in utero foal. Years before you can ride, they can be dangerous and its going to be COSTLY. Especially for a first horse you want to know EXACTLY what you're getting.

Sure, any horse could *potentially* be good at anything, check out my thread in under the breed section called "Does your horse have a non-typical job for their breed?".

If you want to work cows the odds of getting a shire who can REALLY work cows is slim. They just aren't build to do that. They are built to pull things. QHS are built for agility. TBs are built for speed. Sometimes there's just no getting around it. Go onto dreamhorse.com and go to advanced search. Look up shires and put in the disciplines you would want to compete in.
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My aunt had a foal I helped train, and Im not afraid to ask for help if I need it. And, Riding itself isn't such a big thing to me. Well, I love to, don't misunderstand but part of my fav is the caring for and bonding with the horse so not being able to ride for 3+ years doesn't bother me too much
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post #39 of 39 Old 09-19-2012, 09:32 PM
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I'd still avoid a foal, you will want to ride your horse - I thought the same thing when I got an unbroke 7 year old, thinking "I can wait till she's trained" I was on her back in a month. Luckily she tolerated me up there xD
Foals are SO complicated and sure asking for help is great - but can you afford help? Can you afford the extensive vet care you're going to need for a foal? Do you know the proper diet and nutrition for a growing foal? I recommend, if you're serious about getting a foal spending time working at a breeding farm. A LONG time. Foals are work - not much fun. They have the attention span of a gnat and need constant work and rework and you can never slip up you aren't given the wiggle room forgiveness an adult horse will offer you.

If you really want a project get a green broke (as in, has been sat on but not fully trained) draft cross. I see no reason why you need to stick to pure breeds, draft crosses are Amazing animals! Get a shire QH cross, lots exist! Most of them carry the best qualities of each parent, soft and agile like a QH, strong and pretty like a shire. Stick with something you can honestly handle. Draft horses are BIG and they know it. If you really want a draft find a draft horse rescue to volunteer at to learn how to really handle them. Get experience with each type of animal before you pick. That way you make an educated opinion.
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