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LovesMyDunnBoy 10-14-2011 12:28 PM

Thinking about a draft cross?
My friend ran into a guy at the store the other day, who is selling a two year old percheon paint cross. He said it is broke to ride, which has me a bit worried. I wouldn't start a stock horse at two, much less a draft cross. My question is, if we got her but stopped backing her, would she have problems later on? Also, does the cross seem like a good cross? How does draft care differ
from a quarter horse? thank you :) oh and I would love to se pictures!

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FoxyRoxy1507 10-14-2011 01:45 PM

well it depends on how much the guy did with the horse as far as training already and the cross sometimes comes out good... sometimes not it just depends so i would look at pics first, if the horse is pretty bulky now means its going to b pretty thick when done maturing. if the horse is kind of normal or gangly then less likely of the horse being as thick as a normal draft but it is still a possibility.

i would find out what the owner has done so far with training and ask for pics.

LovesMyDunnBoy 10-14-2011 05:09 PM

Ok, I had plans to call Sunday to go see the horse. When we go see her I will take comfo pics to post. If we get her, I plan to do lots and lots and lots of ground work. She should mature to be a decent size he said. And I hope she does. But the horse has to have good ground manners. lol how does feeding differ from nondafties?
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smrobs 10-14-2011 05:42 PM

I agree with Foxy, it depends on exactly how much he's done with her under saddle and how he did it. If he took it pretty easy on her (not a ton of circles, not a ton of time trotting/loping) then she will probably be just fine as far as her body goes. I would love to see some pix of her if you get some.

As for the feeding my place, there is no difference. From mini to draft, they all get free choice grass hay and they stay fat and healthy. One of the main things to watch out for with drafts is that they are prone to EPSM. That's because they can't metabolize carbs as easily as a smaller horse so I would completely avoid any kind of grain or sweet feed. At most, I would give alfalfa pellets if they were having trouble holding weight on just hay. Though, in all honesty, holding weight isn't really something that drafty types tend to have a problem with :wink: LOL.

Here's a link to some more information on EPSM.
Beth Valentine's EPSM Report

LovesMyDunnBoy 10-17-2011 12:12 PM

Thank you, that was helpful. I planned to ask him how much he's done thank you. Anyone else? Bummpity :)
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franknbeans 10-17-2011 01:03 PM

Well, I have a clyde cross, who is the easiest horse I have ever owned. He gets less than a cup of pellets 2x/day just for supplements, and pretty much free choice hay, which at times we have to limit since he gets too roly poly. Never had shoes, feet are great. I also have a friend with 2 perch crosses, both of whom are fabulous, and she teaches mounted police clinics with them.

My experience-LOVE THEM! Truly Gentle giants.

I do agree that it depend on how much has been done as far as backing. If he has done a little ring work on the flat, I would not have an issue, and would guess it would be fine.

LovesMyDunnBoy 10-17-2011 05:09 PM

Thanks :) How much woould would you consider too much? Maybe lots of cantering or circles? I'm not quite sure...I know we plan (if we get her) to bring her back to basics. Leading, perfect ground manners, tying, trailerloading, movig shoulders ect. until three or so then saddle annd ground drvng. light backing at 3 1/2
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franknbeans 10-17-2011 06:02 PM

I don;t even like lungeing a young horse so much because of the small circles. I would love if the guy had backed him and taken him out for a walk on some trails or something really relaxed and light.

See what he says and go from there. My guy is from a different era.....he is now 23. I didn;t know anything about them being started too late, and when he was 4 and I bought him he was already jumping, on top of which he had a hock deformity from birth.

He was fine-not a lame step for 15+ yrs-then got stiff in the hocks. He is now retired, and his right rear gets more and more turned. Who knows what it is from-the deformity of the early work, but surely that did not help. Considering the vet recommended puting him down as a foal, he has done well!

smrobs 10-17-2011 06:41 PM

For me, a lot of what would be too much would also depend on how the guy rides. If he rides light and well balanced, then I would be accepting if he had a bit more training on the horse (w/t/c on trails, maybe started on large circles at the walk and/or jog). If he rides like a sack of wet flour, then I would keep looking if he's done much more than plod around on some trails...light walk with a bit of trot.

LovesMyDunnBoy 10-17-2011 09:23 PM

Alright, I will ask him to ride her for me to see how he rides, but mention i only care to see walk trot to keep her from being damaged further if he does ride bad.
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