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Anonymous - 2021-05-22
looking for a 4 to 17 year old Clydesdale mare for riding and is under 10k that's any color

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Chris - 2017-07-28
Looking for a Bay Gelding to drive with our Black Gelding thank you!

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Mason Mayberry - 2018-03-25
Love these breeds of horses. Really want one

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sandy putney - 2014-09-02
We have friends who had a rescue Percheron, they got to the point where they could not care for their animals and since we have a retired Belgian mare, Belle, we agreed and took K.T.. K.T. is a beautiful black Percheron with a white blaze on her forehead. Her back right leg is slightly messed up so we can't ride her, you can only notice when she runs. We were told there was a chance she was pregnant, but they didn't know when she was due. It was hard to believe as she was very thin. She filled out beautifully within 3 weeks. On June 24th K.T. gave birth to a beautiful baby girl....my grandson named her Piper. Momma had no difficulty giving birth, she did it all by herself. We had K.T. in a specific fenced in area so we could keep a closer eye on her.....well she must have wanted some privacey...she swam across the creek during the night and had her baby in the early morning. When we found them the filly was still damp! Even tho we'd only had her a couple of months she loved and trusted us already (it's mutual!) and let us pet the baby and check her all out. Perfect. The father was a rich copper colored quarter hourse. Piper is a beautiful tan suede color with a cream colored belly and chest. Her feet are black as are her tail and mane, she also looks like she has black eyeliner. Sweet disposition, and spoiled....she follows us around the pasture like a shadow. My grandson is 2 1/2 yrs old, she is his, they will grow up together learn to be partners. Thank you for letting me ramble on. Just love all 3 of our girls. Piper was not K.T.'s first baby but since we are unsure of her actual age we are not going to breed her again. :)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-04
    That's a great story about your Percheron, simply awesome experience. Thanks for sharing!
  • Julie - 2017-06-17
    What a great story, Percheron/Quarterhorse mix makes a beautiful horse..I have a friend who has one and he's a whiteish gray/silver...They just got him and they are getting use to him as he is to them, he's 17 yrs old and has always been with the same person since he was 6 months old..I have a really big soft spot for him I could stare at him all day, he looks like a unicorn without a horn..He can be a bit honory though, but he snaps out of it pretty quick...
  • jeannie williams - 2018-03-22
    Your story brought me to tears....still weepy...Though raised with horses and ponies ,I am 76 now in the city. Just met two dapple grey geldings Per. It is my first experience with drafts.....Oh my how loving and sweet they are.....I use a chickadee whistle, call their names and bring carrots and in 4 visits they know me!! I am 4'10' and they are 17hh !! I am taking it slow but so hope I will be allowed to groom them!!! I'm in love LOL Thax for your story!
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Maddy - 2010-05-28
I love this horse! My mom bought me 2, a female and a male. They had ponies... they were so cute! I love these horses!

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  • Anonymous - 2010-10-23
    Uh, baby horses are called foals...not ponies....
  • Anonymous - 2010-10-23
    If you don't know that a male=a stallion or gelding, and a female is a mare... And that babies are foals... You really shouldn't have a mating pair... Even though these guys are really sweet and wonderful... Stallions are...well, stallions...
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-19
    Maddy, why did your mom get you a 'stallion' amd a 'mare'? If you what to breed Shires or any horses, NEVER get a stallion (unless you are a proper horse breeding stud) If you are desperate to breed your own foal, get only a mare that is over 3 years old then, get a stallion at stud to breed your mare. Hope you like the foal(s) you bred. Also, I would recommend that you sell your stallion for your sake and his. By the way: baby horses are called Foals NOT ponies!
  • Response to Anonymous - 2013-01-19
    You really don't have to be so RUDE to her, maybe she is only 10 and just learning about horses.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-12
    I am 12 and I've been riding for 5 years. I know what a stallion, mare, colt,filly and gelding is. If you can buy 2 horses as easily as that, and breed them, you need to learn some stuff
  • Anonymous - 2014-08-08
    I love shires too and would be so happy if I was able to have two, regardless of their gender and no matter what you call them foals are absolutely adorable!
  • Veronica - 2018-03-19
    What is there adaption
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Alysta Moody - 2018-02-22
Thank you so much for all the great information on this website. All of it has helped me with my research about shire horses. I am a rider myself iv'e been riding sense i was six years old. Thank you so much!

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Kimberly Dixon - 2013-07-17
I just rescued an approximately 18 month old Percheron gelding who is underweight but not terribly malnurished at this point. I have always had quarter horses and have never owned a draft. I am at a loss as to what to feed him and when to start training him with a saddle. I have heard so many opinions and none around here has experience with a draft. Can you please give me some ideas. I know I am going to clicker train him as I did my quarters but when is my question. This is the most loving and sweetest baby I have ever rescued I don't want to discourage him from being that way.

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  • Crystal Komenda - 2013-07-28
    Greetings! I have owned a Percheron Mare for 10 years now. She was a driving horse and when I got her at the age of 11 decided to try her out as a trailhorse. She took well to Natural Horsemanship and trailriding. I think that as long as you use the 'Release is Reward' way of thinking that no matter what kind of training you do, you will be fine. I am very excited for you and wish you many many years of wonderful enjoyment with this animal!
  • Kimberly Dixon - 2013-08-07
    Thank you so much. My challenge with him now appears to be keeping him in a fence. He has realized he can push down the vinyl fencing and get out so he goes into everyone else's pasture. Not a fan of electric fencing but this may be the time I have to use it. Any suggestions on training him to stay in?
  • Brenda - 2014-01-07
    I did not like electric fence either. With these draft horses and as big as they get you need an electric fence. It's not bad really I've been zapped a few times myself. They only have to hit it once or twice and they remember ! I have worked with the percherons for five years now and we have had as many as twelve percherons in pastures, none of them get out of the electric fence. Now the foals will go under the fence and get out. Once they touch the electric fence they remember. It is for their safety...
  • Susu - 2018-02-04
    Hi all! I've been asked to help work with a 15yr old PMU rescue Percheron mare who bucks. I've worked mostly with Arabs and Quarter Horses.
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JeffandDebbie Conwell - 2013-07-10
Our Clydesdale has growths under her feathers about 4 inches up from backside of all four of her hooves. They look like duclaws or very weird growing nails. Any idea what this is?

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  • Loren - 2013-10-12
    I have been told by my farrier that these are perfectly normal, and when you get your horses feet trimmed next ask the farrier to cut them off. I have to admit I was a bit freaked out when I saw them for the first time.
  • janet gray - 2014-12-15
    What Loran is saying is correct.Our Clydesdales have them too,and the farrier cuts them off from time to time.
  • Jola - 2018-01-10
    All horses have these; they're just much bigger in heavy draughts. They're called ergots and are remnants of a 'toe' from the 3-toed ancestor of the equus calibus. Remnants of the other toe are now the chestnuts near the knees/hocks.
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Ray - 2017-11-28
Thanks for the amazing info :)

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Clydesdale Mad - 2012-11-25
Who on earth said that Clydesdales were not used for ploughing? Clydesdales were bred in Scotland to work the land as well as for pulling. The true 'Scottish' breed also has 'COW HOCKS' as a standard so that their huge feet would fit into the furrows (and they still do)! Whoever wrote that Clydesdales weren't 'plough' horses is having a joke. What has America done with our Clydesdales. Not bred for ploughing and only used as 'flashy carriage horses'? There weren't any 'flashy carriages' in Scotland (we were too poor) and only 'The Laird' would have carriages when these laddies were bred. Scotland was predominently a FARMING and FISHING country back then. Where do you get your information from? My auld grandfather would turn in his grave if he heard about this.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-25
    I understood the information a little bit differently, saying that  their legs were bred to be very sturdy... so they are excellently suited for pulling carriages on hard cobblestone roads. Also they were used throughout many countries for farm work, so it naturally seems that they would have been used for ploughing. However I can see how it is confusing and you've provided a very interesting tidbit as well, about their being bred with 'cow hocks' as a standard, so their large feet would fit into the furrows.
  • Merida DunBroch - 2016-01-31
    I agree. Clydesdales were used as plough horses for years! That's what they were bred for in the first place! And anyone who thinks that Clydesdales aren't from Scotland, just watch Brave. Merida has one named Angus and Queen Elinor owns a white one.
  • Lori - 2016-09-24
    My half friesian/Clydesdale has CPL (chronic progressive lymphedema and there is no cure. Is it true that almost all Clydesdales end up with this crippling disease? He is 10 years and vet is coming to assess the progression. Got him last April and knew something was amiss. His feathers have been shaved and will remain so.
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