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    09-14-2011, 09:08 PM
  #11
Foal
Me and my XXL bum would love a draft cross, but I think I may have finally found my horse. I'm going to try him a couple more times to be sure, but have called off the search for now. I did see a morgan/percheron cross on Craigslist, but it was too far for me to want to drive to go see it. I had fun imagining what you would call such a cross (a la quarab): morgaron? Moron? Perchegan?
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    09-15-2011, 12:00 AM
  #12
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Originally Posted by sabowin    
I had fun imagining what you would call such a cross (a la quarab): morgaron? Moron? Perchegan?
     
    09-21-2011, 10:08 PM
  #13
Foal
We have a draft/quarter cross. He's 16 hands easy and way more belgium than quarter. But if I had to pick a horse on our farm for a long haul, it'd be him. Not only does he stay at a nice steady pace, up or down hill, he's extremely mellow. The last time he 'spooked' for me was about 6 years ago when he was 2. My two complaint....some trails are a little bit narrow for us :). It doesn't help that he's ways over weight. But his feet need to be trimmed more often than normal. They are so wide that they tend to split. Every 2-3 months we have him done.
     
    09-21-2011, 10:33 PM
  #14
Weanling
Drafts are amazing at the trot from my experience, especially carrige ones who are bred for that purpose. They can trot trot trot, without tiring. Usually its a fairly fast high action not to mention, suprisingly smooth, gait.
     
    09-21-2011, 10:52 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Drafts aren't good in the heat. They are simply too bulky; they don't cool well. It's easy to over heat a draft on longer rides. They just aren't designed for distance. Everything about them is perfect for long, heavy pulls at slow speeds. Really, drafts aren't even bred to ride, nevertheless ride long distances. I sound like a "breedist", but from my experiences, drafts don't great distance horses.
     
    09-21-2011, 11:15 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
Drafts aren't good in the heat. They are simply too bulky; they don't cool well. It's easy to over heat a draft on longer rides. They just aren't designed for distance. Everything about them is perfect for long, heavy pulls at slow speeds. Really, drafts aren't even bred to ride, nevertheless ride long distances. I sound like a "breedist", but from my experiences, drafts don't great distance horses.

True for drafts, but not always for half drafts. Like the Saddlebred/Friesian that successfully completed a Death Valley Ride. Not that I'd want to make that ride my cross, but then I like having more water around . Death Valley, or any desert, is bit drier than I would like. Although with plenty of water it would probably be more pleasant than a long ride in a brutally hot tropical Summer.
     
    09-27-2011, 08:10 AM
  #17
Weanling
Draft crosses do fine in long distance rides. I once competed against a Clyde x TB and he placed first in the two day 100 mile ride AND won best condition both days. It's all a matter of fitness level.
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