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Clydesdale stallion Baremuir Superior proves that it’s not just the Thoroughbreds that shine on the cross country course.
ok that is all kinds of awesome!
Am I the only one that kind of has an issue with this? Draft horses aren’t meant to be jumping huge jumps because of how heavy they are and imagine all that weight coming down on their front legs time after time…
I agree to a certain extent, but that is not a huge jump. I think if they were careful with the amount of jumping the horse does/not jumping on hard ground/looking after legs well then it will probably be okay
I agree. It’s why I was kinda reluctant to reblog this, actually.
I heard about a study that was done once that looked at heavy horses as eventers. Here in Aus, they’re quite popular, especially Clydie crosses. People like them I guess because they think their heavier bone density give them a more ‘bulletproof’ appearance when it comes to jumping solid fences, (as oppose to TBs, for example with their very fine legs and body frames). They also tend to be (and I am not in any way having at go at or criticising anyone here) popular mounts for heavier riders, which makes sense.
Anyway, the study supposedly found that these Draft horse crossbreeds that were eventing on a regular basis ended up having huge soundness problems and recovery issues after XC, even in extreme cases, horses collapsing after XC.
It does make sense. While Draft horses are very strong animals and are bred to carry heavy loads all day long, they are bred to do it SLOWLY. They are not built for agility, and their legs don’t cope all that well with the high impact of XC. Carrying a rider around and jumping over obstacles at speed at the same time is just not what they’re built for. If you watch a Clydie cross go XC, you will often notice that they are actually reasonably small striding horses (some almost look like they canter on the spot) and are not particularly fast horses, nor are often athletic and scopey (of course there are some exceptions, and it does depend on what the are crossed with). They just don’t open up like the lighter, sportbred horses.
And for the person above who said it was okay if they only jumped small fences:
My coach once broke in a Clydie x TB that borderline broke down after he jumped it for the first time (at the owners request. Wasn’t his horse, it was a client’s). This horse was about 17.2hh, possibly taller, and was jumping tiny fences only a fraction higher than his fetlocks (I’m talking cross poles here), for less than fifteen minutes. It was just a small introduction to fences. Said horse wasn’t even jumping, barely lifted his legs. And he could hardly walk afterwards. I was asked to hose this horse down after one session and the poor thing was constantly lifting his hindlegs, incredibly stiff and clearly very uncomfortable. Almost like stringhalt. He was even like this after flatwork sessions. A horse only 3 years old, already unsound. :(
This, my friends, is why I’m not a fan of the heavy eventing horse. :(
I have to disagree. One of the most talented horses to come through my barn was a Percheron warmblood cross, and that horse could JUMP. He loves cross county - he’s a fox hunter now, which does involve some jumping. He would have really excelled in jumpers - my trainer was schooling him 4’ with absolutely no problems before he sold - but he LOVED cross country so that obviously what he was better suited for. He was a draft crossed with a champion and the result was an incredibly talented, solid asshole of a horse.
Cross country, especially at high levels, is going to cause lameness issues in ANY breed. It might be more common or perhaps more severe in drafts, but I know plenty of broken horses that came out of cross country that weren’t draft crosses (or, at least, direct crosses).
It’s all going to differ based on each individual horse. Just because MOST drafts don’t do well jumping doesn’t mean they ALL don’t, and this guy looks happy and more than capable of doing his job - he’s actually one of the scopiest drafts I’ve ever seen.
The Tumblr community has been so kind and helpful to me I wanted to do something in return, but also honor my beloved horse (Rios mother). Tumblr has always been so quick with useful advice when it comes to horse or pretty much anything. In the past I have put up photos and videos of my horses and Tumblr has always found the answer. This is really the only way I could think of giving back. I am going to do two drawings of this.
June 9th 2013 (the 3rd anniversary of Pica Boos death)
August 5th 2012 (two weeks before I go to college)
I will probably do another on around Christmas, but Ill probably start a new post.
you do not have to be following me. Most of the people who give me advice do not follow me.
Reblog and like as many times as you want, just try to be courteous to your followers.
I will ship internationally.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
What you will win-
(Pictures Above, with possible colors. My family owns an embroidery and screen printing company to customize your winnings)
1.) Polo wraps (horse or pony) (Blue, green, white, black and purple.)
2.) Embroider fly bonnet of your design. (Blue, purple, green, black and white)
3.) Dressage pad or all purpose pad. (Embroider) [Blue, green, black, white, (I can get purple too)].
4.) Customized show bag. (Green/grey, red/grey, black/grey and blue/grey.)
5.) Customized Sports blanket (navy blue, red, athletic grey, black, green, royal)
6.) Customized Challenger jacket (khaki, maroon, steel, black, hunter, navy, red and royal.)
So, I’ve been looking into getting a mule, and I was curious what sort of sounds they made (being a horse/donkey hybrid). Based on Youtube videos, I found out most lean in the direction of donkey noises, a smaller portion sound like horses, and then some, like this one, sound like a triceratops with a sinus infection.
You need a lozenge.
This has increased my Mule Deficit Index by approximately 17568 trillion points.
i literally cannot stop watching this and laughing my ass off