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post #1 of 22 Old 07-29-2011, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Why are drafts so unpopular? They are fantastic!!

I am a total draft lover these days.

I have always wanted a Clyde or a Shire.... we have a Belgian mare named Epona.

She is the love of my son's life. We bought her while our other horse was dying, as she had been abandoned at the farm we were boarding at. She kept our dying horse company in his final days on this earth, and kept my son from sinking into despair over the death of his other horse.

She is such a fantastic and calm horse....she makes the perfect trail horse. And she means more to my son than his own life. He adores her!

A while back, I made a video tribute to our OTTB, here is one I made for our Belgian beauty.....

She's not flashy and silly like our OTTB, and most people don't like drafts much....but I am hoping this video will touch some people out there and foster an appreciation of these huge, powerful and gentle horses.....


I love those drafts!
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post #2 of 22 Old 07-29-2011, 09:32 AM
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Not quite sure where you are getting the idea that drafts are unpopular...

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Not quite sure where you are getting the idea that drafts are unpopular...
Me either.

They are not the right horse for many jobs so obviously you will not see them being popular for those particular jobs (hunter shows for example).

Otherwise I see no lack of drafts and draft lovers.

I would be more inclined to say that drafts are for more 'in' than they had been many years ago.
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I <3 drafts. Always wanted to own one. Now I do.

I agree with you 100%. They are fantastic.

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I would adore a draft cross (because something 17/18 hands might be a little cumbersome on the trail, not to mention mounting). But I LOVE the look of drafts, and if I could find a smaller draft nicely trained for trail riding I would scoop him/her up no problem!

There just don't seem to be many of them out here in Arizona. You see a few in parades and such, but they just don't seem to be a common thing around here, which I think is a shame. I would love a cross because I could get the drafty conformation in a smaller package.
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The reason I say they seem unpopular is that we get soooo many people interested in Beau, people stop their cars along the road to watch him run, but Epona doesn't get all that much attention. Visitors to the farm are always petting and commenting on Beau...while Epona is off in a corner munching on hay, which is what she does best.

So, it seems as if TBs get more attention...or maybe it's just Beau cause he's a gray or something! I dunno!

So if you put a flashy TB next to a Belgian....I am almost certain the TB will get the most attention.

It happens to us all the time. Poor Epona!
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The way you describe it people are commenting on a horse putting on a show versus a horse standing off to the side doing nothing. I am guessing breed has nothing to do with it.


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I would love a cross because I could get the drafty conformation in a smaller package.
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I would be more inclined to say that drafts are for more 'in' than they had been many years ago.
I agree with this. Around here, pretty much every other farm or every one in three horse farms has at least one draft. A lot of guys around here are big on driving, plowing, showing etc.

I think there are more horses around in general than there were many years ago.
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I would love a cross because I could get the drafty conformation in a smaller package.
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Haflinger....
Or....




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Squuueeee! Love it....

That is a much smaller package.
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