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Ok, so out of all of my years of riding horses, I have yet to ride a draft horse. I would like to know from those who have experience riding drafts, how it is. Is it kind of like sitting on a big couch (bareback)? Is it bumpy, really comfortable, etc. I really want to ride a draft horse dude! haha
 

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Riding a tank huh? lol well I would have imagined that they would be a lot different to ride than other horses because of their size and what not. Is it kinda like going from hitting the gas in a car and than than hitting the gas in a diesel? Like can you feel the drafts 'turbo' kick in like you can a diesel, compared to like a regular horse (which would be a car?)

I just want to know everything possible, I think my aunt is going to be getting a draft and I'm excited!! But I will still ride my horse more, becausse I love her lots haha
 

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Well I was riding a percheron for a while and yep, very much like riding a tank! DOn't know if it's the norm, but this little lady was the laziest animal I have had the pleasure of parking my backside on! Her trot was beautiful to sit on though, sit trot was effortless.

But I must say I'd much rather stick to my more traditional riding types!
 

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It's a slow and steady power that takes a bit of time to pick up speed, but once they get going you need 20 chevrons worth of distance to stop. :lol:

I don't find drafts lazy. It's just a lot more body to get moving. You don't have that cat-like agility you can get with lighter breeds, but you do feel like you could go through a brick wall if you ever had to.
 

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I have an 18 hand 2200 lbs. Percheron. I wouldn't describe him as slow and steady when he has a mind to jump right into a gait! He's very agile for his size and I've got a great stop on him.

Your inner leg muscles will get really sore until you are used to riding a couch wide horse. That's one of the biggest issues I have when riding after some time off. The walk and jog are really nice and smooth. The trot is about the same gait as a light horse galloping so that's really weird. My boy is pretty smooth but can occasionally get bumpy.

The gallop is like floating on air. We don't really use that gait much.

He can turn on a dime if he chooses, pretty interesting to watch. And he can go from a stand still right into the canter.

It's a lot of fun riding them. They don't need to be ridden heavy handed like a lot of people think. Mine works best on a nice light rein.
 

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Sounds like fun! I have always wanted to ride a draft too... Not to many around her broke to ride.
 

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I would also love to try out a draft. I bought a percheron/andalusian cross, I wanted a "pretty" clunker. What I got was a very large pretty horse but definately not the clunker I thought she was going to be. Definately a keeper though.
 

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I would also love to try out a draft. I bought a percheron/andalusian cross, I wanted a "pretty" clunker. What I got was a very large pretty horse but definately not the clunker I thought she was going to be. Definately a keeper though.
I have one of those here at home. Most of them can NOT be described as clunkers. LOL!
 

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Percheron/Andalusian? Must be pretty. I have a Percheron/Arab myself, all I can say is deep, low, and smooth. Two of the smoothest horses I've ever ridden have been Belgian crosses, one with a welsh pony (weird combo) and the other is appy.
 

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I have one of those here at home. Most of them can NOT be described as clunkers. LOL!
It is funny! Now that I have had her awhile and have developed a really neat relationship and she is going well under saddle I'm addicted. I wish I had 5 more of her, she is the beyond amazing. And there is nothing like a horse that calls you out on all your mistakes to make you a better horseperson. :)
 

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Don't feel bad, I was almost 25 years into my riding career before I rode a draft for the first time. He is huge and flat, super comfy bareback. His walk feels like those elephant rides at the carnival and his lope is to die for (though a standard horse has to nearly run to keep up LOL). His trot however, is the most uncomfortable thing I have ever ridden. I have ridden lots of rough travelling horses but Good God, nothing like him. I haven't been able to ride him enough to really accustom myself to sitting his trot. I have to either post or stand. But talk about quick, especially considering his size. All because of a kid on a bike, he went from walking one direction to loping the other direction before I could really react. He tried to buck with me once but that was more amusing than anything. Not quick enough to really make me think I would fall off but if I had let him get going, I am sure that the sheer strength would have torn me in 2.
 

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I love that saying that someone posted saying that when they get going you feel as if you could run through a brick wall! haha love it. Yea, I bet they are pretty powerful breed. Thanks for all the information, I can't wait!

smrobs: yea I mean, I just thought today, "you, know, I've never rode a draft horse. I wonder what it's like." Thats when I got on here haha

I will definately let you all know when I do ride a draft and let you know how it went :)
 

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I have ridden a few draft crosses that are just like any large horse and about average as far as smoothness. The two full drafts that I rode were night and day different. One was an 18 hand percheron and riding him was like driving down 50 miles of bad rode. Every gait was rough but the trot was unbearable. When he decided to buck there was nothing funny about it. He bucked me off four times in one day. He was honest about it but it was just way too powerful and once I got behind there was no catching up. The other draft I rode was a 17 hand shire stallion and he was one of the most agile powerful horses I had ever been on. Any gait you rode was like floating on air. Unfortunately I don't own the horse but if I did I don't know that I would ever need another one.

The first horse I would rather walk than ride and the second horse I would sell my left testicle to own.
 

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My one good friend does and she rides saddleseat. It looks so elegant. I'm excited cause i get to ride a percheron this year for show season!!! And my Haffie mare daisey is a pleasure to ride. She has a pretty nice trot. Smooth. I love her, really helped my confidence. She's def. not slow! She's actually pretty fast. if i remember correctly at a fun show two years ago (at a local fair it was one of the last days) this one kid rode her when she belonged to the guy who sold her too us and she ran like 14-15 in a down back barrel. : ] I'd say those that are trained to drive dont' look slow that's for sure. They have to have some power behind those bad boys lol!
 

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I own a 22 year old 18 hand Clydesdale, we typically only use it for pulling a sleigh in the winter. However last summer I decided I would saddle her up. The person I purchased her from had said that they rode her one time and after they climbed a small hill she decided that was enough and laid down. It took them about half an hour to get her going again. That is the kind of horse she is these days, with her age and being overweight she is an incredibly good natured horse. I will sometimes lead the young kids around the field with them on her bareback. So decided I would give it a try, I put my western saddle on her, put some reins on the halter and off we went. I would agree that it felt like riding a tank. We rode about half way up the trail on our property, I decided that was enough I didn't want to push her too much. She has a nice gait but they are powerful!
 

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Kevin: lol thats funny that you'd sell your left testicle for that horse.
 

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My old trainer had me riding her 18hh belgium for a while...not a fun horse. He was like riding a tank, not very responsive to any aids. He was also a compete jerk on the ground. He bucked and threw me into a jump standard once, I managed to hit the metal cup and it sliced my face.

I wouldn't be against riding another draft though, I think it was just this particular one that was a huge jerk.
 

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We have three PMU horses, one mare and two geldings. One gelding is a Shire and the other two are Shire/Percherons. They actually have really nice gaits. The mare has the flattest gaits, but that's probably because she's the laziest and you really have to get after her if you want more impulsion. She's very wide, so that's the main difference that I've found. Both geldings are very sensitive to your aids and are smooth to ride. They're still fairly green, so I can't say how their canter is yet. I know that generally people think that draft horses aren't very spooky, but that's not the case with these guys. They aren't highstrung, but they spook like a regular horse.
 

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A tank. A big, wide, tank, and depending on the breed, they have to leap into the canter, and sometimes even the trot. They're fun.
 
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