Draft Horses Suitable to Western Riding?
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.
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.
If you want to go for it, then go for it. I rode my Percheron western (until he outgrew all my saddles)
And, I have a Belgian cross gelding that is ridden western. He is destined to be my next ranch horse.
Sorry for this crappy picture, it is a still from the video of one of his very first rides.
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.
: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.
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.
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!
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....
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.
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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