10 #DraftHorseProblems: What’s Yours?
You’ve gotta love draft horses, though their height does complicate matters…
[top image: Wikimedia Commons]
Draft horses are generally very sweet and quiet. But when your horse is 17+ hands and over 2000 pounds, riding them can present certain challenges…such as:
When a cooler for an average-sized horse is a quarter sheet on your draft.
When you look at the wall of halters at the tack shop and nothing says “draft.”
When you do a trail challenge and the two-step mounting block becomes its own obstacle.
When your horse wants ALL the hay.
When you struggle to find a farrier who will do drafts.
[Sandy Ziegler at Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue]
When you try to get a horse with GIANT shoulders and a big heavy neck to get off the forehand.
When it’s the morning of a show, and you run out of Orvus paste to clean feathers.
When you don’t realize you missed a spot while grooming until you’re up on the horse…and you still can’t reach it.
When you’re really tired from riding, but then you realize it’s a really long way down.
When you get funny looks at schooling show hunter under saddle classes.
What are your #DraftHorseProblems? Share in the comments below!
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