Thoughts on Draft horses?

littledog

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Drafts tend to be calmer than, say, Arabs or Thoroughbreds in general, but drafts are no different from any other horse - they can get startled at a new experience just like any horse. And a scared 2000# draft is even more dangerous! The "gentle giants" are that way because they are highly trained, used to a variety of environments, and worked daily.
 

cassie

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Drafts tend to be calmer than, say, Arabs or Thoroughbreds in general, but drafts are no different from any other horse - they can get startled at a new experience just like any horse. And a scared 2000# draft is even more dangerous! The "gentle giants" are that way because they are highly trained, used to a variety of environments, and worked daily.
What you say is so true. Drafts tend to be calm and gentle. but if something spooks them and they decide to bolt, a puny human holding on to a lead rope doesn't have much of a chance against a ton or more of frightened horseflesh determined to leave. They are extremely powerful.
 

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