Must have equipment for Drafts
I will be getting my first draft horse in a week or two. She is a 13 year old, 18H Clydesdale mare, ex-show horse, trained to drive single to 4 abreast, currently trains the youngsters and purported to be very quiet. I am going to see her this week so ensure she'll be quiet enough for me to harness/handle on my own.
I have other horses/donkeys so basic care isn't a problem but besides the harness and wagon/sleigh I'll be looking for, what else do you consider a must have for the big ones? The first thing that comes to mind is some sort of platform to brush and harness her. Does anyone have any ingenious ideas for a platform (I'm thinking of all the wooden pallets we have around here).
I have a 18.3 Percheron, that I ride everyday and occasionally drive, I find riding him WAY MORE FUN! As far as special equipment, there really isn't any. I did have to get a larger bridle and wide tree saddle but that's it.
I do use steps to mount, but not to brush or to tack. I have worked to have him lower his head to me for bridling and the saddle, well we just get it up there. Harness is a bit harder, and I do step on a milk crate to get it onto him. It's really not that much different than any other horse.
Thanks! That lowering the head thing will come in handy for sure - that's first on my list if she doesn't already know it.
I need more than a milk crate to get up on my 15H gelding - how on earth do you do it on an 18.3H Percheron?! You're my hero! :lol:
I lower my stirrup and then raise it when I am on! I do have to use 2 steps getting on his back, but when harnessing I just use a milk crate. Lowering the head is important, but teaching them to stand quietly next to steps, rocks, tailgate of a truck whatever is also important as it's the ONLY way to get onto these big guys!
I know a lady in Scotland who is the Secretary of The Clydesdale Horse Society. She is 5 feet tall and has to use a dining room table to get on her Clydesdale! LOL I have a set of plastic steps which are sturdy and mobile and cost me about £30. Its the only way I can groom my Clydesdale.
I just got a Percheron! He is 18 h, slightly underweight, but in good health and has good feet! What type of saddle is best for Percherons? Monies are limited!
- Driving Bridle
- Single driving lines
4.) Shaft loops if using a cart with shafts
1.) Draft sized saddle
3.) Riding Bridle
4.) Riding reins
6.) Saddle Pad
Heavy Duty Nylon halter
Big feed bucket
*high fat/low sugar&starch pelleted grain* Research EPSM in Drafts
Big Mounting block.
Make sure everything you buy is draft sized. Oversized will not fit.
Some helpful sites for Draft stuff:
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