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MisssMarie 04-18-2012 11:01 PM

Draft Question
Try not to burn me alive at the stake for my ignorance please!! So, I'm lookin for a foal still. I'm thinking a QH or a draft. But, my question is, can I ride a draft? Please don't burn me at the stake for this. I don't think you can ride them too much, I just want t make sure I'm right so as to make sure I make the correct decision
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OkieGal 04-18-2012 11:12 PM

Of course you can ride them.
Tack is going to be more difficult to find/have made.
As long as they're kept healthy and sound like any other horse, they can be ridden.
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smrobs 04-18-2012 11:19 PM

Yep, you can ride them just as you can a standard size horse, but like OkieGal said, finding tack is the hardest part. Saddles are harder to find and more expensive, bridles are boring as there is a limited market for them, and if you are as persnickety about bits as I am, the bits have to be custom made.

But, I rode my full Percheron gelding for a while...until he outgrew even our largest saddle and my half Belgian gelding is to be my next saddle/ranch horse.

MisssMarie 04-19-2012 12:42 AM

Okay, on another forum I was told the exact opposite, that their backs were too weak... So, I was completely confused. Glad to know! Might be saving up for a shire filly then instead of gettin me a QH... Anyone show their drafts?
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Gmac 04-19-2012 07:23 AM

I ride my driving team of Belgains, they are a rough ride due to their pulling gait, but my other Belgain that doesn't pull is like a big couch.
The problems with drafts are just like everyone says, tack usually has to be ordered and getting on and off. I can't just jump off anywhere for anything and just jump back on, I have make sure something is around to stand on to get back on the horse.

GreySorrel 04-19-2012 08:48 AM

Um...its Belgians...

If your in California of course it is going to be really difficult to get draft tack, you may have to scour on line or order it from a draft tack store, hoping that it fits once you do get it in the mail.

Ask your farrier if he will even do a draft horse, as many will not or they do not know the hoof make up of a draft horse. This is really important as many drafts have ill manners once it comes to their hooves, they lean, and they will jerk and pull their hooves out of your hand, so you need to work with them each and every day.

Can you ride them? Of course you can and anyone who said their backs were weak apparently never drove one or used it for farm work. I also use to show my draft mares in draft shows and the town shows as well as state fair. We did well but I got tired of the abuse and ignorance I saw.

This is Smoke, who is a registered mare:

You have to keep in mind that they do take a bit longer to cool down, they do often times have hoof issues, they are hard to board as many places don't like how hard they can be and often are, on a fence.

MisssMarie 04-19-2012 09:52 AM

Thanks! Those are some great considerations!! I'll definitely call around to see if there is one in the area who will. And I'll also find out about stables. I'm glad drafts aren't out of the question, I adore shires and really wanted one but I thought I couldn't have one
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BlueSpark 04-19-2012 10:01 AM

My cousins have been riding percherons for years. They were given to them as foals, they fell in love with the personalities and trained them as trail horses. Their feet are a pain, and you have to be particularly strict about not allowing them in your space. Other wise ours have always been healthy easy keepers. every one keeps warning me about them being hard on the fence, but my cousins are in a pasture with a single strand of electric which they never touch and my clyde stallion has never thought of touching the fencing under any circumstances. My general experience has shown them to be quiet, gentle and virtually bomb proof.

TimberRidgeRanch 04-19-2012 10:05 AM

I dont know who told you that you cant ride drafts But Im laughing very hard. maybe they misunderstood the person who told them. Drafts as well as warmbloods develope slower then lighter breeds but can be riden just as much. I have no trouble with my drafts with tack But again I am where drafts are very common. Like TX with QHs lol.
You may be better off buying tack online. Chick saddlery has some pretty descent priced saddles for drafts. and Has great bits and prices! ( where I get most my stuff )
This is what I ride some of my mares in Its a pelham bit

MisssMarie 04-19-2012 10:15 AM

I think one of my tack shops near me should have tack. They keep drafts on their premises - two pretty clydes. How old do they need to be before you can/should ride? 3? 4?
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