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post #1 of 8 Old 10-11-2010, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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I'd Love a......

The horse I really really would like to have is a clydesdale. Could people tell me the advantages and disatvantages of having one? Like the strengths and weaknesses.

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-11-2010, 09:51 PM
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I can't comment on pros and cons. But they are beautiful IMHO.
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post #3 of 8 Old 10-11-2010, 10:00 PM
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They're slow. They aren't really built for anything besides pleasure riding or driving. But, if you want a loveable horse to just take out for a ride every now and then or just have for a pasture companion I say go for it. Just remember that drafts can be stubborn and hard headed too.

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post #4 of 8 Old 10-11-2010, 10:24 PM
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They DO NOT respect wooden fences and can be very destructive that way. If you plan on boarding, it may be a problem.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #5 of 8 Old 10-12-2010, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies.

Also ive herd that they cost far far more for feed, shoes and just everything really. Is this true?
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post #6 of 8 Old 10-12-2010, 07:15 AM
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If you want their feather's to look as pretty, white, and flowy as they are always pictured you have to clean them constantly. It does cost more for feed because since they are larger than the average horse they need more. I don't know about shoes because I've never had to buy them but I assume the bigger the shoe the more it cost it also varies on the type of shoes you want. Basically everything is bigger with them and normally when something is bigger(horse wise) the things the horse needs are more expensive than the average sized horse stuff. All of the Clydesdales I've met have been really sweet but like any horse they don't just come like that they need to be taught manners.

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post #7 of 8 Old 10-12-2010, 07:21 AM
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My granddaughter had two and no fence problems with either one. They do eat more, the farrier does charge more. My granddaughter starting riding her first at the age of 3 and got her second when she was 6. The first died at the age of 20 and the second broke his hip at the age of 10. He had to be put down this past March. My granddaughter still prefers the Clydesdale but she is riding a spotted draft now.
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-12-2010, 07:31 AM
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Some farriers will charge more simply because it's a bigger horse, and more work.

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