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post #1 of 17 Old 12-14-2012, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Draft Horses Suitable to Western Riding?

HI ,

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.


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post #2 of 17 Old 12-14-2012, 08:38 PM
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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Love drafties!





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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.

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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....

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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.
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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.
Your Percheron is BEAUTIFUL!! I am looking to get my first horse akd have been looking for a Percheron :)

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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