Finding an Older Rideable Draft Rescue
I am in the process of seeking a kind, older draft that has many years of riding ahead. I have looked at all the draft rescue sites and find a lot of drafts that pull wagons and are pasture ornaments.
If any of you should know a horse that would be available for leasing (to determine right fit,) who loves bareback riding, is completely patient, and understands the fears of a returning older rider and can 'babysit' me a little....I would be interested in talking.
Have you thoroughly researched/googled Belgian rescues? Last time I looked there seemed to be many in rescue and lots already pretty well trained.
It would help if we knew your location, there are a lot of enablers here who would be only to glad to help you seach:wink:
People looking for older, experienced, safe, horses "with many years ahead", may be asking for the moon. A good babysitter type horse is worth it's weight in gold, but they are often older, and an older horse may *not* have many years left, and if they do, those years may be full of medical needs to keep them going. They may be limited in the amount of riding you can due with them due to arthritis, cushings disease etc., but they may still be worth it due to what they can teach beginners. If you are willing to be a good retirement home for an older horse, you may even be given one in good faith that will be well worth it to you. But expecting the horse to have all the qualities listed, IME is not a realistic expectation. Good luck in your search, and keep an open mind.
Some good advice being posted. There are pros and con with an 'older horse' and with a 'rescue'. Like KP said, an older horse may have medical needs so you will need to take into consideration the costs for vets, meds etc. An older horse may also be set in their ways and do what they want rather than what you want. On the other hand, a rescue horse may have 'issues'. Depends on why he/she was rescued. The last thing you want if you are inexperienced with draft horses is a draft horse with issues to do with bad handling, cruelty, neglect, poor feeding. When looking for a 'heavy' keep in mind that what you are actually buying or taking on, is the equine equivalent of a freight train. The last thing you want is a freight train with 'issues'. My best advice is go for the horse that you simply 'gel' with and he with you. Gut feeling plays a large part and I know I will be shot down in flames for saying that. I also bought both my Clydesdales from photographs and videos. Madness...I know...Stupid...I know...but I ended up with what was for me, two perfect horses - but only because I knew the breed inside out. Good luck with your searcha nd I just know that you will find something soon. There are so many really lovely people on here who will give you lots of help.
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