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post #11 of 17 Old 01-01-2013, 11:43 PM
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I love big horses under saddle. I once rode one of our BO's grey Percherons bareback. I felt like I was riding a tank-unstoppable! What fun! I saw what looked like a Belgian draft horse competing in a reining class. Draft horses are not all limited to harness.
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post #12 of 17 Old 01-02-2013, 05:12 PM
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Draft-light horse crosses used to be common around here when the PMU barns were still going. I have an older QH/Percheron cross that came from a PMU farm, and have always rode him western.
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post #13 of 17 Old 01-08-2013, 07:18 PM
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I grew up riding haflingers in a western saddle. The ones I grew up around wouldn't make contest horses or ranch horses, but they were some of the best trail horses I've ever ridden. Plus, drafts are the most comfortable bareback ride you can find, IMO.
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-08-2013, 08:00 PM
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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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Thank you! I live in the Texas panhandle but my Perch came from an auction in Kingman Kansas. He and his half sister (who we also bought but lost to snakebite a few years ago) were sold by the folks that bred them. Only problem is, I can't remember what the farm name is or where they came from. It is something similar to Shalinka but I don't think that's quite right.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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post #15 of 17 Old 01-09-2013, 04:34 PM
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Smrobs- Oh cool! And I'm sorry to hear about his sister :/ I'll google that name and see if something similar pops up :) thank you!
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post #16 of 17 Old 01-09-2013, 06:17 PM
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what size saddles are you using? I have put on full quarter trees and they still seem to be just a tad to small , Pleasure , a fork, and roping . I have a synthetic saddle and it seems to fit best, but I always found it difficult to keep on the horse, slides easily mounting and dismounting.
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post #17 of 17 Old 01-09-2013, 08:06 PM
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what size saddles are you using? I have put on full quarter trees and they still seem to be just a tad to small , Pleasure , a fork, and roping . I have a synthetic saddle and it seems to fit best, but I always found it difficult to keep on the horse, slides easily mounting and dismounting.
My saddle is a Wintec Flextree I think? I bought it used from someone who owned a Clydesdale. It is a pretty wide tree. Fits very well. I have heard to possibly look at gaited horse saddles for these guys since the saddle tree has less of a twist so it fits on their wide and flat backs. Haven't tried one yet though.
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