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sshipper 12-14-2012 04:44 PM

Draft Horses Suitable to Western Riding?
 
HI ,

I am back to riding after 30 years and am starting to enjoy bareback riding and a Western saddle. I am also riding a draft and really love this horse.

When I first rode I rode English with an English saddle.....I think Western is a far better fit for me and love the sitting trot!!

Any thoughts on draft horses and riding western? I am considering owning a draft horse and going the Western route.


Steff

averylilly 12-14-2012 08:38 PM

I LOVE draft! I love there trots they are soo smooth.So i think as long as you don't plan on doing any hight end show a draft would make a great western mount.

smrobs 12-14-2012 08:53 PM

If you want to go for it, then go for it. I rode my Percheron western (until he outgrew all my saddles)
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...g?t=1310273002

And, I have a Belgian cross gelding that is ridden western. He is destined to be my next ranch horse.
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i.../Photo0516.jpg

Sorry for this crappy picture, it is a still from the video of one of his very first rides.
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...Rafe/Ride2.jpg

sshipper 12-14-2012 10:43 PM

They are both beautiful thanks for sharing. Wow, I must say your Percheron takes my breath away....Never seen a black Percheron. Is it common to see black Percheron's ? He looks like quite a mover. Do you ride him bareback.

It appears that bareback is really what I aspire to develop...I feel like I am really in contact with the horse. Thanks for your input. I have a lot to learn about drafts and appreciate all your thoughts and encouragement.

steff

smrobs 12-14-2012 11:24 PM

:D Why thank you! Around here, Percherons come in either black or gray...with black being much more common. He was a blast to ride, but his trot left a lot to be desired LOL. Imagine sitting on a jackhammer...in the back of a pickup with no shocks...going 40 mph over a row of speedbumps and you will have an idea of what his trot is like. His lope, however, was heaven. I did ride him bareback once, but my bareback seat isn't nearly what it used to be when I was a kid so my confidence to ride a very young, green, strong, and...rambunctious critter that big just wasn't there. It was a pleasant ride while I was up there, though.
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...g?t=1242165612

Oldhorselady 12-15-2012 02:44 AM

Love drafties!

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...3041266_n1.jpg

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...9497648_n1.jpg

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...maswimming.jpg

sshipper 12-15-2012 10:13 AM

That might be the most the beautiful horse I have ever seen. That descripion of riding bareback...wow...you survived to tell it. It is good to know that black percherons are available...I might be hooked now.

I particularly liked the river picture. ....reminds me of my time as teenager fording the pond.

Steff

Oldhorselady 12-15-2012 10:42 AM

Belle LOVES water. In that picture, it was her first time in the water....I couldn't get her out! We recently moved to the coast, where I introduced her to the ocean and she about dragged me into it!

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...ps784bd9fa.jpg

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...psd897c836.jpg

And as much as I hate this picture.....it does show how much I trusted her after a short period of time that I adopted her....

http://i381.photobucket.com/albums/o...ps629b9763.jpg

jumanji321 12-16-2012 12:43 AM

As long as you can find a saddle to fit, you should have no problems riding a draft western. I quite enjoy seeing the big guys out and about under saddle.

RaigenB 01-01-2013 11:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smrobs (Post 1800048)
:D Why thank you! Around here, Percherons come in either black or gray...with black being much more common. He was a blast to ride, but his trot left a lot to be desired LOL. Imagine sitting on a jackhammer...in the back of a pickup with no shocks...going 40 mph over a row of speedbumps and you will have an idea of what his trot is like. His lope, however, was heaven. I did ride him bareback once, but my bareback seat isn't nearly what it used to be when I was a kid so my confidence to ride a very young, green, strong, and...rambunctious critter that big just wasn't there. It was a pleasant ride while I was up there, though.
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...g?t=1242165612

Your Percheron is BEAUTIFUL!! I am looking to get my first horse akd have been looking for a Percheron :)

I'm from Indiana, what about you? (I'm on my phone so it doesn't say haha). Where did you get your Percheron?
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