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.