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pros and cons
Hi draft lovers :)
I love drafts too but am yet to own one. One day I would love to own a draft cross (in the next 5 years).
Anyway I'm wondering what you all think the pros and cons are of the various draft breeds and draft crosses. when compared to each other as I really don't know much about the differences between them all. I really love clydesdales and clydey crosses but also like percherons.
I LOVE my Shire's as a breed. I find them more 'athletic' than the clydesdales. Especially here in NZ
BUT I think you should go for what ever breed you like the best.
The only drafts that I have any experience with at all are Percherons and Belgians. I do know that percherons tend to be just a little bit more 'up' than other breeds because they are one of the hotter blooded drafts. However, with the proper training, any draft breed can make a wonderful riding/driving partner. I have a QHxBelgian yearling and he has the most mellow, go with the flow attitude I have ever seen (him in my avatar).
Hmm...I wouldn't say that it's true for every horse, but drafts do tend to be a bit more chill and lower-energy than the lighter riding breeds, but that's a given. My dad has owned a few Perch crosses, and they're a bit more high strung than other drafts I've seen. Percherons are a bit rougher than the other heavy breeds, 'cause they're originally war horses and because they've got Arab blood. Though, Perches are also really hardy, and all the ones we've had have amazing stamina. I can't speak first-hand for any other breed, because my dealings with them are limited, but generally they're quiet, gentle horses.
However, I would NOT say that she is a mean or cold-hearted. Many people say she is one of the kindest horses they've encountered. A year later, our trust and respect is mutual, and I couldn't have a better riding partner. She is now bombproof on trails, and she'll tank up hills that I wouldn't trust other horses on. She'll go through anything, and she'll plow on longer than many of the Quarter Horses we ride with.
I completely agree! (:
And they'll give you 110% if they think you're worth it.
I've only had experience with a prech cross. He was pretty high strung and would spook on purpose to make me fall off. Hehe he was also pretty rude on the ground but I think more because he didn't know how strong he was that being mean. He's incredible when he gets worked hard everyday though and gets out of his headstrong habits
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A friend of mine breeds Suffolks. They don't get huge and tend to have hardworking personalities without being hot at all. I'm definetly a fan :)
I've worked with Percherons, Belgians and now own Clydesdales.
Of these three breeds, I like the Clydes best. I find them to athletic, not as big as Shires tend to get (height), they have flash and style. They outcross fairly well, and have great work ethics. I find them to be more energetic than any of the other drafts I've worked with, but still very sensible.
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