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    07-29-2011, 11:08 AM
AB, they comment on Beau even when he is doing nothing. Sure, when he's having one of his rearing, bucking moments, that is a traffic stopper...but can you imagine traffic stopping when a 2,000 lb draft would rear and buck??!! Sure!!! Unfortunately epona doesn't rear or buck, takes too much energy.

We had some neighbors stop by a few times to look at the horses, and right away, Beau was the center of attention. When people comment on the two of them, it is always "That gray one this, the gray one that..."

Epona is not being given her due. Poor baby! I know she doesn't mind, but It kinda makes me feel sad.....

Cause drafts are fantastic horses. Gentle and calm and lovable....

I guess it depends on your area also...as in if driving is big in your area...or logging. Lol
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    07-29-2011, 11:15 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Squuueeee! Love it....

That is a much smaller package.
He's the draft you need when you don't really need a draft.

As far as actual drafts being unpopular, *shrug*. Different strokes for different folks.

Some people simply do not like the look of drafts. I am not one of them, but I know they are out there.

My town just recently had a "Heavy Horse Show". There were more people there then at most of the recent jumper shows.
    07-29-2011, 11:51 AM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
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.


Yes, I would LOVE a Haflinger!
    07-29-2011, 12:17 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
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.
Agreed with this, absolutely.

Several of my horses are draft crosses. I have had a lot of people pull into my driveway just to comment on my draft cross Claymore. Certainly more than any other horse I own, including my lighter horses.

I do think drafts and draft crosses are more popular than they have been in a long time. But they DO lack the versatility of some lighter breeds, as AB mentioned, so they aren't for everyone.

But I think there are plenty of draft lovers out there - there are quite a lot of people on this forum in particular that have drafts and drafty crosses. I don't think it's as uncommon as you are getting from your own experiences.
    07-29-2011, 12:27 PM
My Belgian cross gets way more attention than my b&w pinto. Both are rather unusual in their way for people who don't come in to contact with horses all that much. And people usually marvel over Jake's huge size, massive feet and gentle friendly nature more so than Dai's pretty cow-like b&w pattern and shy and sweet demeanor.
    07-29-2011, 12:32 PM
You know... could it be a personality difference? Is Epona just not that interested in the passersby when she's got a nice pile of hay with her name on it while Beau is more likely to come for visits? Basically, is Beau more the happy go lucky puppy? ^_^
    07-29-2011, 12:38 PM
I think I get more attention for my Belgians than I do for my Quarab... Of course people tell me that the Quarab is beautiful, but they always seem to stop and stare at the magnificent, tall, beautiful draft horse that looks like a thing from fairytales. People always tell us that they're so gorgeous and want to pet them, or stand in utter awe and amazement at their size...

My favorite quote: "The sight of him did something to me I've never quiet been able to explain. He was more than tremendous strength and speed and beauty of motion. He set me dreaming." - I know it's about a pony, but, it just reminds me so much of my Belgians...

And as far as drafts not being able to do some "jobs" and diciplins, a draft can do almost anything. Sure they won't make it to Olympic Level jumping and dressage, but I've seen A LOT of drafts competing in dressage, jumping, cross country, western pleasure, western games, etc., and kicking ass at it. I trail my Belgians and plan on doing 3-Day Eventing with my Belgian yearling. They can do whatever you train them to do. Some people just don't feel comfortable enough to do it on such a big horse. Some people say they are too large or cumbersom (sp) but, a well toned and conditioned draft, is actually very well suited for most disciplins...

Here's the link to a blog that I follow. The lady has one of the most athletic Percherons I've ever seen. www.jumping-percheron.blogspot.com
    07-29-2011, 12:42 PM
One of my best friends have 5 drafts (Belgians) and they are some of the sweetest horses I have ever meet. I dearly love one of them named Sage. He is young full of of energy, not as stout built and has a gorgeous long mane and tail.

Even though I have a light horse I still hold a fondness for these gentle giants. My aunt and uncle raise Clydes so I guess I have more of an experience with them than most people also. Plus they tend to be more popular near me in Ohio because I know of at least 7 farms off the top of my head that have at least 2.

I know ones that Jump, Barrel Race, Dressage, 4H show and trail ride. Sure they wont always win and tend to shake the ground scaring some light horses but they still do it and have the right to if they enjoy it! So from my point of view and where I live they are just as popular as any light horse. :)
    07-29-2011, 09:18 PM
Actually...now that I think about it, maybe Eolith is right! Perhaps it's a personality issue, not a breed issue.

Beau gets along horribly with other horses, including Epona, but he is a love bug when it comes to people. So when people come to visit, he is right there, nuzzling, breathing on their neck, eating their shoes, etc....

Epona doesn't really like people. She would NEVER approach someone on her own....you have to go up to her. She is very horse oriented, gets along great with other horses...completely opposite of beau.....but she doesn't think much of humans....she can take or leave em.

Beau is more of a really tall dog than a horse.
    07-29-2011, 09:59 PM
I knew it! No reason to think people hate drafts... Epona just doesn't get in people's face, so they're less likely to want to know everything about her. I know that I'm more likely to ask questions about the horse currently sticking his nose down my jacket than the one standing twenty feet off quietly munching. ^_^

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