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post #1 of 40 Old 03-24-2010, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Riding Draft Horsses?

Ok, so out of all of my years of riding horses, I have yet to ride a draft horse. I would like to know from those who have experience riding drafts, how it is. Is it kind of like sitting on a big couch (bareback)? Is it bumpy, really comfortable, etc. I really want to ride a draft horse dude! haha

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It's like riding a tank.
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post #3 of 40 Old 03-24-2010, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Riding a tank huh? lol well I would have imagined that they would be a lot different to ride than other horses because of their size and what not. Is it kinda like going from hitting the gas in a car and than than hitting the gas in a diesel? Like can you feel the drafts 'turbo' kick in like you can a diesel, compared to like a regular horse (which would be a car?)

I just want to know everything possible, I think my aunt is going to be getting a draft and I'm excited!! But I will still ride my horse more, becausse I love her lots haha

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Well I was riding a percheron for a while and yep, very much like riding a tank! DOn't know if it's the norm, but this little lady was the laziest animal I have had the pleasure of parking my backside on! Her trot was beautiful to sit on though, sit trot was effortless.

But I must say I'd much rather stick to my more traditional riding types!
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It's a slow and steady power that takes a bit of time to pick up speed, but once they get going you need 20 chevrons worth of distance to stop.

I don't find drafts lazy. It's just a lot more body to get moving. You don't have that cat-like agility you can get with lighter breeds, but you do feel like you could go through a brick wall if you ever had to.
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I have an 18 hand 2200 lbs. Percheron. I wouldn't describe him as slow and steady when he has a mind to jump right into a gait! He's very agile for his size and I've got a great stop on him.

Your inner leg muscles will get really sore until you are used to riding a couch wide horse. That's one of the biggest issues I have when riding after some time off. The walk and jog are really nice and smooth. The trot is about the same gait as a light horse galloping so that's really weird. My boy is pretty smooth but can occasionally get bumpy.

The gallop is like floating on air. We don't really use that gait much.

He can turn on a dime if he chooses, pretty interesting to watch. And he can go from a stand still right into the canter.

It's a lot of fun riding them. They don't need to be ridden heavy handed like a lot of people think. Mine works best on a nice light rein.

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Sounds like fun! I have always wanted to ride a draft too... Not to many around her broke to ride.

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post #8 of 40 Old 03-24-2010, 07:35 PM
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I would also love to try out a draft. I bought a percheron/andalusian cross, I wanted a "pretty" clunker. What I got was a very large pretty horse but definately not the clunker I thought she was going to be. Definately a keeper though.
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I would also love to try out a draft. I bought a percheron/andalusian cross, I wanted a "pretty" clunker. What I got was a very large pretty horse but definately not the clunker I thought she was going to be. Definately a keeper though.
I have one of those here at home. Most of them can NOT be described as clunkers. LOL!
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post #10 of 40 Old 03-24-2010, 07:54 PM
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Percheron/Andalusian? Must be pretty. I have a Percheron/Arab myself, all I can say is deep, low, and smooth. Two of the smoothest horses I've ever ridden have been Belgian crosses, one with a welsh pony (weird combo) and the other is appy.
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