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post #1 of 27 Old 06-16-2019, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Heavy Horse Info...

hi everyone,
im apsolutely in love with shires, clydes and drafts (esp belgians), or really any giant horses...
im getting my first job soon so im going to be saving up for one, from what ive seen they go from anywhere around 3000-6000 so obviously this is going to take a few years, but thats fine.
id love any info you all have, what kind of competitions do you do other than driving, can they be taught dressage, or even jumping (at a very low level/height)
and how are they to keep? obviously their huge, but do they require alot more feed than say a 16" cob, and can they be kept on a forraging diet?
even photos would be amazing, im just slightly obsessed


my only horse experience is about 3+years of weekly lessons, and a year loan of my current 15" cob, so regardless of what breed i end up getting, obviously i have a lot to learn in the mean time (how different is owning to a full loan?)

thankyou so much, sorry im asking so many questions on one post, just a bit wired atm.
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They can do anything -- albeit scaled to the parameters and limits of their natural abilities. To compete, you just have to find a place where they can compete with each other rather than against purpose-bred horses.

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They can do anything -- albeit scaled to the parameters and limits of their natural abilities. To compete, you just have to find a place where they can compete with each other rather than against purpose-bred horses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAJOQ9GMZtE
wow, never seen one run barrels before, i definatly think clydes are one of the more versatile breeds of heavies tho, compared to drafts and shires... i saw one at a dressage show a while back too, they seem abit more coordinated than other big breeds, though thats a massive generalisation on my part as ive litterally seen about 3/4 heavies in my life lol...
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Would you be boarding at a barn? Owning is one thing, owning and being in charge of care is another.
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Would you be boarding at a barn? Owning is one thing, owning and being in charge of care is another.
boarding for a few years at least, hopefully at a small/quiet yard tho... i know its best to have a good support network so im going to sort a trainer and some good hacking groups, but i get really bad anxiety at busy barns, even when im just leading my horse

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I rode a Belgian years ago on trail rides and on the road. He always performed flawlessly. He was never spooked by anything we ran into and cars, trucks, dogs nothing. What a smooth ride he had too. He was truly a gentile giant.
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Please be prepared for all the added expense and trouble associated with a giant horse -- shoeing, trailering, tack, etc. For example I just used a horse-blanket cleaning service for the first time, and noticed they charge more for extra large sizes. It adds up. It may be totally worth it to you of course.

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Would you be boarding at a barn? Owning is one thing, owning and being in charge of care is another.
boarding for a few years at least, hopefully at a small/quiet yard tho... i know its best to have a good support network so im going to sort a trainer and some good hacking groups, but i get really bad anxiety at busy barns, even when im just leading my horse
Feed may be covered by boarding, but if not, horses - especially giant ones! - eat a lot. They need special tack, shoes, etc, as mentioned above.

If you are looking to jump or do dressage, keep in mind that drafts are meant for working and pulling heavy loads; they are not as suited to jump or do dressage.
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The cost of trimming or shoeing is almost triple what it cost to do a light horse breed. That in itself would be a huge factor. Plus they require a lot more hay and feed.

There are farriers/ trimmers around here who won't do draft horse's. One I'm currently using won't trim /shoe draft horse's.
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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wyo1k_u6wNE

Here is a video of a Clydesdale (and I can't say for sure if it's a pure Clyde or a cross) jumping. You can see that the jumps appear to be relatively low. Some draft horses struggle to jump even the smallest of logs.

If you are looking for an eventer, a nice showy horse with the ability to jump and do dressage and race - a draft is not the best choice. You would want something lighter and more suited to that type of work, like Arabs, TBs, Quarters, etc. It would be a challenge to compete against speedier, more graceful horses in events such as these.

If you want a driving horse or an overall companion, a draft would be a - very expensive to keep - fine horse.

Even drafts for trail rides is iffy. Can you imagine trying to mount a giant Clydesdale or a Shire without a mounting block? Plus - the taller your horse, the closer your precious noggin is to low-hanging tree branches.
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