If I had a dollar for every cock-eyed look or skeptical comment I got when I told people that I had a Clydesdale, I think I'd finally be on track to pay off my student loans before I die.
The stigma of draft breeds is merely a symptom of equestrian nearsightedness. Our stallion, OAKWOOD THISTLE'S GUINNESS exhibits traits that every mare owner should consider:
Draft crosses are the TRUE warmblood.
Technically speaking, a draft is a cold-bood, originating from northern, colder climates. The hot bloods, like Arabians and Thoroughbreds, have desert origins with spirited temperments and higher metabolisms. Warmbloods are the cross of the two, and include the expensive European breeds and even the American Quarter Horse.
As naysayers question the functionality of a draft cross, the heavy-breed spinoffs have been underappreciated as much as they are talented.
Typical with his Clydesdale breed and a compliment to his upbringing, Guinness stamps his foals with a gentlmanly docile, easy-going, and kind temperment.
During both training and basic handling, his intelligence enhances his trainability and desire to please. In less than a week of leaving life as a pasture horse, Guinness already had a rider on his back - well ahead of a typical pleasure horse's undersaddle training schedule.
His personality would cross well with hot mares and owners looking for a mellow, but astute mount.
Drafts in Dressage? Think about a linebacker doing ballet. And doing it well.
Solidly built for long-term strength and durability, Guinness contributes a broad chest, cold joints, powerful hindquarters, and hard hooves - all within porportional ratios.
Consider OAKWOOD THISTLE'S GUINNESS if you are looking to add bone density, physical strength, and expressive action to finer, flatter mares.
Meet Airthrey Highlander (Clydesdale X Thoroughbred), the 2011 New Zealand Horse of the Year with an impressive show record to back it up.
Behind The Bit showcases several drafts performing dressage.
The Eventing Percheron has a good blog that features a very talented Percheron, Brego.
YouTube and Google are saturated with great Drafts and Draft Cross videos and photos, respectively, demonstrating their skill in eventing, dressage, jumping, pleasure, trail riding, and western events.
Candace Platz and Flynn, a draft cross, competed in the USDF Grand Prix National Championship in November of 2013.
The Trail Rider did a flattering piece, Gentle Giants, on draft horses.