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Bluebird 11-29-2012 06:56 AM

Riding Style for my New Baby Clydesdale
 
HI Guys. I have a baby Clydesdale (18months) whose best buddy is Patrick a 51/2 year old. Patrick was broken to ride english style and takes part in dressage which he does really well at. However, I am wondering if I should aim for Western style riding for breaking my baby when he reaches 3? I am also tempted to try and get Patrick trained up for Western too as I like the informality of it. My two boys would not be used for barrel racing or anything like that. Just basic riding and sheep herding (oh yes, Clydes are great for herding sheep). Do you think it could be done? The trainer is an experienced western rider who is in Wales. I live in England. Wouldn't do the training myself. Anyway, would really like to hear your thoughts on the two different styles for true heavy draft horses. pros and concs. Saxon was 15.3hh in the picture. He is currently 16.2hh and will possibly make 17.3 to 18hh. I know very little about Western riding.http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/n...12/BigJohn.jpg

Tracer 11-29-2012 08:00 AM

The only thing I can offer is that I've seen a 19HH horse doing team penning, and the cows would run straight underneath him xD

He's a gorgeous little colt though! I think he'd make a perfect pleasure horse... for me...

ThatDraftGirl 11-29-2012 08:21 AM

I think the intitial training would be great if it were western. Mainly because the western saddle is heavier, clunkier and makes more noise, it would be better for desensitizing him to things on his back, movement from the saddle etc.. Then, later if you wanted, you could go english with him and do some dressage for strength building and more focused work undersaddle.

Bluebird 11-29-2012 09:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Tracer (Post 1777245)
The only thing I can offer is that I've seen a 19HH horse doing team penning, and the cows would run straight underneath him xD

He's a gorgeous little colt though! I think he'd make a perfect pleasure horse... for me...

You must have little cows LOL. We have Freesians and Herefords and one of the bulls stands almost 6 feet at the shoulder. We do have smaller cattle too ;)

Bluebird 11-29-2012 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Tracer (Post 1777245)
The only thing I can offer is that I've seen a 19HH horse doing team penning, and the cows would run straight underneath him xD

He's a gorgeous little colt though! I think he'd make a perfect pleasure horse... for me...

Any time you are in England, you are welcome to ride him (if he's broken to ride) or his buddy Patrick (18hh). Thanks for the compliment about him. He is such a nice, well mannered young horse.

Left Hand Percherons 11-29-2012 10:18 PM

How does he move? A big mover in a western saddle isn't much fun.
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Bluebird 11-30-2012 04:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons (Post 1778406)
How does he move? A big mover in a western saddle isn't much fun.
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The thing about Clydesdales in general is that they have a light, flowing gait not a heavy thunder. However, your question about how my baby moves made me smile. At the moment he is still very much a baby despite his size and is growing into his frame. The best way to describe him is 'Bambi on ice' and has 4 left hooves which will trip him up at most inconvenient times. Taking the adolescent clumsiness away, his gait is typical Clydesdale, high stepping, flowing.

DarenC1 12-05-2012 12:30 PM

No advice to offer....

....but can I have him, please? :D

Bluebird 12-05-2012 04:05 PM

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Originally Posted by DarenC1 (Post 1785749)
No advice to offer....

....but can I have him, please? :D

Not for a million pounds Daren LOL! BUT, if you are ever in Surrey, you can come and ride Patrick anytime and have a go on 'baby' Saxon when he is 4 (in about 21/2 years). Methinks its time you bought yourself a Clydesdale and boarded him. I pay 30 per week in London but outside of this area, stable rentals and grazing are a lot cheaper! Go on, you know you want to...

DarenC1 12-05-2012 04:37 PM

I would so dearly love to, but I haven't the funds at the moment! :-(

I did have a share of a lovely 18-hander earlier this year, but the owner made life a bit miserable, so sadly the share was short-lived!


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