Originally Posted by kevinshorses
! Untill you've sat astride 2000lbs that responds to the smallest movement of your hand you can never understand.
Been there, done that. When is he going to respond to the smallest movement of the hand??? With his broad back I would get a cramp in my legs just straddling him. He will always be a bit heavy handed from the saddle or on the ground. Eats twice what a smaller horse does. Feet heavy for cleaning or trimming, I have shod percherons .
Yes he is pretty but the proportion with the small lady, the big neck are all wrong.
Under harness he would be doing what he was made for, not under saddle.
In any type of rough terrain he is just too clumsy. On the open dessert his is too heavily muscled to cover ground. Just the simple act of brushing him before a ride is like washing a transport truck. He has twice the surface area, unreachable at that without a ladder. Compared to my little arab my guy seems like a sleek sports car.
Bath him would be a chore since his is 18 hands.
No he is not made for a pleasure horse. They call them work horses for a reason.