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post #11 of 20 Old 09-06-2009, 04:18 PM
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He is soo handsome! How come you cut off his manhood lol

quarter horses.....simply the best
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post #12 of 20 Old 09-07-2009, 01:19 AM
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Looooovee Percherons, and he's a beauty! Good work with him, he looks great!

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post #13 of 20 Old 09-07-2009, 01:41 AM
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GORGEOUS!!! I am drooling over here. I would have to have one of those airplane stairs that you push up to the side of the airplane to get up there!! :o)
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post #14 of 20 Old 09-07-2009, 10:30 AM
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hey.. umm.. well.. er.. johns all ready in the trailer, so we'll be on our way now.. i'm sure you're glade I'm taking him off your hands... ;)
Jk, jk.. but I wish I had him! Ah, he is SO gorgeous!

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post #15 of 20 Old 09-07-2009, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. And RG, I had him gelded because he was becoming a very big @$$hole to the other horses in the pasture and even though he is a really good looking horse, we have absolutely no need for a 2000 lb stud (or a stud of any size LOL). He is so much more mellow now and is content to just kinda hang out instead of asserting his dominance all the time.

A good stud will always make a great gelding. Besides, I have never liked riding studs......too unpredictable.

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post #16 of 20 Old 09-07-2009, 07:50 PM
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No doubt he is a pretty boy. But why would you want him for a riding horse?? With your size a smaller, much smaller horse would be a better match. He is just too big to be handy. You admit he is hard to mount and you will always require help. He is too big to be handy, needs alot of feed, will always be heavy headed. Just too big for a comfortable riding horse. With your size a 14 hand horse is far easier, less intimidating and easier to handle.
He is a pretty boy but not made to be a saddle pony.
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post #17 of 20 Old 09-08-2009, 01:27 AM
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A good stud will always make a great gelding.
I was about to type that when I saw your last post. As far as the practicallity of riding a horse that big, why do people buy 4wd trucks but never leave pavement and never haul anything. Because they're Awesome! Untill you've sat astride 2000lbs that responds to the smallest movement of your hand you can never understand.
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^^ Agreed, Kevin. I started him under saddle after his mate was killed by a rattlesnake bite just for fun. I have been there and done that as far as training average sized horses but never messed with a draft under saddle. I don't really have a PURPOSE for wanting to ride him except that it is a wonderful feeling to be 8 feet off the ground looking down at all the other "small" horses around. The main reason that I need help getting on at this point is that he has only been ridden 6 times!! He hasn't quite figured out the whole stand still for mounting thing just yet but he will by the time I am through with him. He actually has a very soft mouth, he and I just have a difference of opinion occasionally (that will get much better with mileage though). LOL. Even if I wasn't riding him, he would still be living with us because as soon as Rafe gets old enough to go along with us, we are going to start using John and Bessie on a wagon as a team............just because it's fun!!! IMHO, not much sense in having horses unless you push yourself to advance your abilities and have a little fun sometimes. I do both when riding John.

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post #19 of 20 Old 09-08-2009, 09:32 AM
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! 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.
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post #20 of 20 Old 09-08-2009, 01:01 PM
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He's a beaut!

I love riding Duke. He has an awesome jog. It is a good work out for the legs to keep him in a canter. He is clumsy and trips a lot. He actually fell in the field - (someone else was riding him) we got it on video (he's fine, he just started to eat the grass, typical Duke.) When I was leasing Duke I had to change over to a kimberwick bit from a snaffle as I had no control. Now he's a dream. He's still my favorite (don't tell Hunter that) lol The personality is the best!

Check out on line. There are a lot of people that compete in jumping with Percherons (I haven't tried that with Duke). Duke even won in a barrel race last year.
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