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post #21 of 27 Old 06-19-2019, 06:21 AM
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I've both trail ridden and trail driven mine. Realize their gait is very different than a typical trail horse and you'll often find yourself alone for numerous reasons unless those you ride with have drafts as well. The group I rode with did have a woman with a Paso that had no problem keeping up but we all had criks in our necks for attempting conversation.
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post #22 of 27 Old 06-19-2019, 06:35 AM
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Hi, just wanted to add something quick! I'm not very experienced though, this is just about some of the horses we have!

If you're ok with getting a cross, we bought a Clydesdale x Thoroughbred a couple years back and she's great! She got the Clydie's temperament and size, and the Thoroughbred's more sporty aspects. She did eventing to a rather high level, as well as dressage (she's the most educated horse we have!), plus she looks super 'drafty' and has a great temperement..not hot at all. So, if you are wanting something you can do dressage and trail riding and all that on a bit easier, maybe look at some crosses. (If you do though, make sure they have good hooves...our horse got Thoroughbred size hooves, and with her size and all the eventing she did, it means she has ringbone and other feet issues now)

My dad also bought a young purebred Clydesdale who is also on the road to doing good dressage, so it's still possible!

Obviously, not all horses are the same, I just wanted to point out that you can do a lot with drafts and draft crosses if you get the right one.
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post #23 of 27 Old 06-23-2019, 10:52 AM
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@UnhappyHacker , I heavy horses too, just their natures. Might ride one as an octogenarian because I prefer zippy, like @knightrider , but we have our name down with a horse charity as a potential home for a heavy horse that needs a nice retirement spot...

I thought you might enjoy this clip of a heavy horse being used to do special dressage demos in Germany!


He's doing a little bit of critique on the "proper" riders too, as you might pick up!

Best wishes!
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@sue C I love that video.
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post #25 of 27 Old 06-27-2019, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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@UnhappyHacker , I heavy horses too, just their natures. Might ride one as an octogenarian because I prefer zippy, like @knightrider , but we have our name down with a horse charity as a potential home for a heavy horse that needs a nice retirement spot...

I thought you might enjoy this clip of a heavy horse being used to do special dressage demos in Germany!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhVyalvEM1Y

He's doing a little bit of critique on the "proper" riders too, as you might pick up!

Best wishes!
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post #26 of 27 Old 06-28-2019, 09:57 AM
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woah hes gorgeous,
The rider - the horse - or both?

Shame he's not wearing Lederhosen, like these guys:


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post #27 of 27 Old 06-28-2019, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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The rider - the horse - or both?

Shame he's not wearing Lederhosen, like these guys:

lol no offence to the rider but was purely talking about the horse XD
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