I have a Percheron gelding that I do trails with. Wonderful horse, great temperament...I don't think I will ever have another "regular" horse again! Just thought I would see if anybody else her shares my love of the big guys.
Nice to see a fellow Perch owner here! After a lifetime of "regular" horse antics and a very bad accident, I'm just fine with a slower model horse. I had a friend who was a Belgian breeder who did a 16 horse hitch and that is where my love of the drafts started...I've since had the pleasure of working with a few Clydes, Haflingers and a Fjord, and also recently stumbled upon a local Shire mare who may be available..... so, I may be a draft family of two here soon!
I rode a belgian/qh cross for years. He was awsome. the best gelding I could have wanted. I cant ride now due to an auto accident. I hate it. Hopefully my back will heal, and back the drafters i will go. If not then I will probably get a tenn walker. That was a great gelding that I had rescued/sponsered for a while. Have fun with your giant babies, I cant wait until if ever I can get back in to horses.
i'm new on this and ive not left school yet but i love heavy breeds my fav is shire and i love horses but i love heavy horses even more they are so inteligent and strong but so gentle and sweet all at the same time
I have a Perch/cross gelding and he is wonderful! Everything is new to him and yet he is so willing and easy about it, not what I had become used too, lol, my past experiences were Pasos, abused QHs, and Arabians. Great horses, but they were firey!
I am new to this post and I have a Belgian Draft. I also have a 9 month old palmino paint colt. Nothing like going from one extreme to another. I find my boy the most loving and wonderful horse there is and super smart. Where I board him at the people say he is the smartest horse there is. He came from Lancaster and pulled plows for the Amish and guess what we are doing this year. We are going to show Dressage at a local show. We both are training together and this should be fun. We will be going up against the small breeds. This should draw a large crowd.
***Edited By: Tiggersmom on 2/18/2008 12:44:59 PM*** Reason: I was checking things out.
I am actually considering adopting a Belgian draft mare. She is 16 years old and was a amish plow horse. I stopped by the rescue organization where I adopted my Arabian mare and met this Belgium. She is presently in absolutely horrible condition, came in weighing 1000 pounds and is suffering from a little bit of arthritis. But she is just the sweetest girl. She is thoroughly enjoying all the attention she is getting and will follow you around like a puppy! She has several months of rehabilitation to go thru, and then... well we will see! (And see what hubby says too) lol! I must admit though that her size frightens me a little. My arabian is my first horse and I had an accident on her and spent some time in the hospital so I am still a little nervous when around and on a horse but I am working on that. I have a great fear of being on a horse and it starts to run and will not stop. I don't think I will ever run again on a horse. Walk mode will be just fine for me!
I'm a proud belgian owner! Had paints and quarters all my life, and always wanted a draft, and finally got my big boy three years ago. He is the best horse I have owned yet! He is a PITA to get to canter, but is the sweetest and best trail riding horse. Once you go draft, you never go back lol.
I have a perch/tb stallion, Hades, love him to death. I got him as a rescue...hmm four years ago? I actually just took a really nasty spill off him in early nov. my saddle broke on the rode, I was in ICU for a while with head truama, but its all ok now. I also have a belgium colt, Tank is just turning two and already 17 hands or so. He's my husbands baby, he was also a rescue. All togerther we have roughly 12-16 horses. Most are rescues, ranging from my completely blind appy mare to our completely wild mustange. They will always have a safe dry barn with plenty of feed. It's exspensive but i'm sure you all know how it is, they're part of the family.
Hooray! another big boy owner. I have an Irish Draught called Stormy. He is called that because he is grey not because he is naughty. He is 16h.h. and very well built. A lovely jumper and quite obeidient but I have to watch him with tractors as he is scared of them. He is now 34yrs. old and I retired him last year but we still go a little ride round the fields and he enjoys it. I sometimes leas him out down the lanes and I think he still feels as if he's done some proper work and comes back full of himself. He is still very fit and well and keeps his weight very well for an oldie. Please tell me some more about your big fella and what you both get up to. Hope to hear from you soon.
WOW, 34 that is great! And you just retired him? My Belgian is 6 years, so we have a while to catch up to you lol! My big guy is about 17.3 HH, and about 2,100 lbs, and is my pride and joy. Do you drive your horse, or just ride?
I used to jump my stally, Hades. he's cleared six foot fence( with out me LOL). Unfortunately two winters ago a stable mate untied him and Hades got into the grain. He ate roughly 50 lbs of whole corn. After a very serious and long bout of colic he foundered very slightly. He's not lame and he is rideable on short rides, no longer then an hour, but I don't jump him anymore, it'd just be too much stress you know? so now he pretty much puts around his own private pasture with our one rescue mare storm. She's a wild mustange and is having a very dificult time adjusting. He makes her feel secure. Tank, my hubby's belgian is green broke, actually I've taught many horses to ride and he's a doosey. He will not take a bit! go all day and do anything on a hackamore, but give him a nice soft snaffle and he throws a fit! any suggestions?