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post #21 of 26 Old 05-02-2012, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
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Ah, thank you for the reply about the Percherons - that would explain it. I asked because here when people talk about drafts, they are normally referring to Shires, Irish Drafts, Cleveland Bays, and less so Clydesdales, Ardennes, Suffolks. I hardly ever saw reference to Percherons until I came on this forum where they appear to be ubiquitous!

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post #22 of 26 Old 05-02-2012, 02:54 AM
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I can tell you about the Canadian Horse as I am an owner of a 16h1 very solidly built mare. The breed is very popular here in Quebec. They were a horse that was exported to the U.S. many years ago as they are a horse that was good for crossing with breeds found in the U.S.A. to make them even better. The original "little horse of iron" measured 14 to 15 hands and had to be versatile. They all have a distinct look and once you see one you can pick one out at a distance. My mare has a very fluid trot you could ride for days. I can't say enough good things about the breed! There is a book of the same title as in the quiotation marks which tells more about the Canadian Horse than I can in a paragraph. All I know is that Canadian Horses are bred for the harsh climate in Canada and make an excellent all around horse for driving, jumping, hacking and dressage. Best of luck!
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post #23 of 26 Old 05-03-2012, 11:23 AM
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Currently, I have an OTTB and a gaited horse that racks.

Since you will be surrounded by unfamiliar breeds, you might want to take the time to explore. Please don't discount a gaited horse...they come in all sizes, varieties and gaits. While you may not like one gait, you may find another that you fall in love with! Quarter horses also can have a gait called an "Indian Shuffle" which is basically a smooth running walk. Cowboys used to pay extra for these horses because they were so comfortable to ride. Some of my friends have ridden Appendix horses which are thoroughbred/quarter horse crosses. Many of them look like thoroughbreds with the substance of a quarter horse.

If you can find an old-fashioned, well-bred Morgan it might be exactly what you're looking for. These uniquely American horses do it all. And look stunning while they are doing it!

BLM mustangs offer a unique advantage because they have been taken off the range and have had no handling ... It's like training a pure horse with no bad habits to unlearn. They are versatile and they are tough.

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post #24 of 26 Old 05-04-2012, 12:56 AM
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I've never seen one ridden saddleseat, but you might consider a Drum Horse. Cross between a Gypsy and usually a Shire or Clydesdale. Certainly they love to jump, solid temperaments, have good feet and don't usually have quite as much feather as a Gypsy Horse. There are lots of very good ones about. Might be just the ticket for several of the diciplines you mention.

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post #25 of 26 Old 05-04-2012, 03:30 PM
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SMRobs, it's funny. The breeds you refer to as being 'usual' are the unnusual ones over here. Quarter Horses are like Expensive Hen's Teeth here, and Appy's are fairly rare (or fairly poorly bred). What is a BLM Mustang please?
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post #26 of 26 Old 05-05-2012, 06:36 AM
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I moved from Europe (Germany) to Alberta in 2009 and was in your position (horse shopping) last year, with very similar criteria. I wanted to trail ride and do dressage. Some thing I found out pretty quick:
- Many horses that were advertised as "trail horses" were basically almost unrideable to me, as they had been used by outfitters to haul tourists through the mountains and were basically used to walking after the tail in front of them.
- Anything European sounding (Warmbloods, Friesian etc) is way overpriced.
- The term warmblood is used very, very loosely. Some Canadian Warmbloods (usually the cheaper ones) are in reality TB x Draft crosses. Again, anything from an imported stallion is more expensive than it should be.

So I settled for looking at "local" North American breeds and found that they're FUN! QH are really common and cheap here compared to Europe, and they're awesome. Same goes for all the gaited breeds ( most common are Tennessee Walkers, you see them a lot on the trails here).
Since I didn't want to go all western and still do some english riding, I settled on a morgan x paint who had tsome dressage training already, was much cheaper and is probably more talented than most warmbloods that were for sale.
AB is a fun place to ride. Of course, the mountain trails are spectacular. But also, most communities have an Ag society that lets you use their arena if you become a member (esp in winter that's good :) ). You meet all sorts of cool people there, and there's potential to learn a lot. I tried working cows there for the first time (in my dressage saddle, haha) and it's FUN.
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