Well the ones I have had experience were well taken care from birth of and not starved or wormy. 1 is a friesian cross and the other a draft qtr cross. At no time did they every look underweight or ribby and they were not over fed. Just lots of good hay and reccomended daily rations of safe choice and regular worming. If a horse is getting fed properly and wormed it should look healthy and fit.
Just on a technical note, friesians are not drafts.
And it's also dependent on the TYPE of draft crosses you have been around. From what I have seen (pictures on these boards included) Belgian and Perch crosses tend to stay a lot more round and hold their heavy conformation all the way across the board, where the Clyde and Shire crosses I have seen tend to shoot up, get real tall and leggy, and don't really start packing on the muscle until much later in their maturity. Just from what I've seen anyways. Finn came to me as a two month old, and has had been very well taken care of since I got him - but before he came to me - literally no care at all, what his mother could provide, which had to be limited in her state, was all he got.
anebel ~ thank you, I wouldn't be going grand prix anyways, at my age starting out now, I don't think I could dream of getting there! Just looking to do schooling/first level, and if he'll do at entry level, then I'm happy! Thank you, I know your opinion is very well respected in terms of these things.
draftrider ~ Thanks, I have started to feed him up because he's going through a growth spurt - he's already shot up an inch in the last two weeks and looks like he's going to keep going for a bit. I wasn't overly concerned, his ribs are visible in the right light (he's freshly clipped, and still wet in the pictures posted!) but he's got decent muscling and his spine/hips are well padded, so I knew he wasn't at an unhealthy
level of weight needing gained. I appreciate your posts!