Thank you! This is helpful! :)
Also I haven't been around many MASSIVE horses. Biggest i've ridden is 16hhand this one is 17hh.. Is it really as scary as it sounds being up there? I don't particularly want to get bucked off a clydesdale.
How was your shire like to handle on ground?
On the ground my then six year old daughter could do anythign with her, and I do mean anything. We even taught her to play fetch.
Now the first time you climb up on somethign that stands 18.3 hands, you get this "OH YEAH!" feeling that starts at your toes and works all the way to the ends of your hair! There is NO falling off - it is way too far to the ground! There was a day when my mare zigged when I zagged and riding bareback I was told it was quite amusing to watch me wiggly my way back onto her with just one elbow and one knee still on her!
She was occasionally dangerous under saddle. When ridden in a snaffle she would just take the bit in her mouth and use her weight against me and turn and gallop home - of couse I was bareback with my six year old daughter behind me. That was not fun. When my husband took her out on trail she tried the same thing with him, but he was stong enough to turn her, so she reared and almost took the both of them off a cliff.
The reason I sold her was that I just could not deal with the time lag between command and execution. She also had to be constantly watched. There was no relaxing as you were heading down the trail, you had to keep contact with her or she would turn around and go home. In the arena keeping her on the rail was a constant battle.
I, personally, will not have another Shire or Clyde unless it is for pulling a cart as a first job, and riding every once in a while. However, if you are ok with the slower meander, and that they tend to try to use thier weight against you, go for it!