I have a couple questions.....
Hi, I just had a few questions about draft horses and I was hoping someone could answer them. :)
Here is my first question, If I had a big 18-19hh draft horse with a 14hh horse would they be okay out together if they started playing or rearing up?
And also, are drafts hard on fences?
I own a draft horse and they drafts are no different them regular horse if they scratch on a face yes it will be more weight but other wise just treat him the same just more food and water
I have 2 large drafts (bigger is 18hh, smaller is about 17.2) and they are often penned with a 14.2 hand horse with no issues. Actually, the smaller horse is the boss of the bunch LOL. Of course, when you first let them out together, keep a close eye to make sure there isn't too much aggression going on. Some chasing is fine and expect some biting and kicking at first. Once they are introduced, they will play at a level that is safe for both. I have a yearling filly that is about 12.2 hands and she was out with them for a while. She and the 18hh percheron would play occasionally.
Yes, they are hard on fences. I strongly suggest you buy a charger and put up at least one strand of electric fence inside the regular fence to keep them from leaning/sitting on it.
I usually keep my horses in 20x20 corrals but I let them out for most of the day in 5 acres and I was thinking of using the electric fencing to keep them off of it. :)
Drafts and smaller horses can live well together, if introduced properly before being just dumped in together.
Drafts are absolutely hard on fences. If they lean over to get to interesting grass, their weight will push a fence down. If they rub their bums, same thing. Fence will go down. My daughter's one mare has bent more steel fence panels than I can count. Just bent them because they wouldn't go down.
Gypsies love to jump and are good at it, so will quite easily scale most fencing if they feel like it. I don't know that other draft breeds are so inclinded to jump.
Very good fencing is a must. No barbed wire of course and electric if possible.
FF, I've never noticed that either of my 2 are terribly keen about jumping (Belgian and a Percheron). Generally, if they want something, they just plow through the fence LOL.
Well, before I got the electric anyway.
Yes, I really do think it's Gypsies of the heavier horses, which seem to love to jump.
My Perch cross will jump. He will also plow through a fence if he wants to.
Yes they are horrid on fences. The huge Belgian could be out with other horses and he was 19 hh, just shy of the world record, and my perch cross cannot be out with the horses, he just runs them . He was nicer before he went to the trainer, and came back mean . ;(
All depends on both horses personality. Introduce them across a fence first and then when they have had time to get used to the idea thatt here is another horse around put them in the largest area you have fenced so if one needs to get away there is a place for him to go. Expect issues if you feed them together until you and they figure out who gets fed first. Make sure you have something big enough to drive them off if need be. as for jumping my worst offenders are two of my belgians. It is my QHs that bull their way through fence - one whether electrified or not. Another QH that has since been sold could climb through just about any electric fence timing it so he rarely/barely felt the sting.
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