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lute
02-09-2006, 03:25 PM
my dad is asking a lot of questions about clydsdales. i don't know why, but he seems very interested in them lately. because i don't know all that much about horses i can't answer his questions. i figgered you guys would know!

how much does it cost for about a weeks worth of food, hay, etc?

how much do clydsdales cost?

are they ok to ride?

any more info or informational sites would be GREAT! thanks! :D

lv4dogs
02-09-2006, 04:08 PM
I can only answer part of one question.

I have had a LOT of friends with Clydes & I know they are not the best riding horse.

I can only imagine since they are so big they need more food & the like than a regualr horse.
I know most horses are in the thousands.

Hope you get some more anwers.

Zowey
02-09-2006, 07:25 PM
clydsdales are known as 'heavy horses' which were used in the old times for ploughing and carry coal from the mines.

Of course they will be very dificult to ride as they arent really riding horses.
They are normally larger than 17hh your average riding horse being 15hh-16hh

They wont necassiarily (sp) need a larger feed than other horses because the average food amount for my horse is 11.5kg per week with him being 15.2hh, and for how much taller the horse is you add 1kg every 2inches (as it is 2inches to every hand)
overall per week it costs me about 20 for feed and hay and shavings. As you can get 20kg worth of feed for about 7.00

You will need more straw/shavings/hay for heavier horses so they arent uncomfortable when stabled.

As for cost, its hard to say an exact cost depending on the seller chick.

I hope this helps you :)

lute
02-09-2006, 11:12 PM
thanks for the info. :)

Corinna
02-10-2006, 12:13 PM
www.hoof .com and the draft horse jornal are great resources. I look at them all the time as I want Shires some day

Miss Z
02-10-2006, 01:10 PM
There is a horse at my riding stables and he is a pure clydesdale. He is broken in, and i have ridden him. He is lovely and gentle and would never spook, but he is very bouncy to ride, and jumping is extremely difficult with him as his conformation isn't quite right for it. You can hear him coming from a mile off as his hooves make the most gigantic CLOP sound every time his hoof hits the floor! If you wanted a clydesdale type horse that was rideable maybe you could seek out one that's been crossed with a light horse (a horse which is better for riding).

twilightanu
02-10-2006, 04:03 PM
ive ridden/worked with two clydesdales
daisy a 15.2 clyde x cob who i rode/looked after the only downside to daisy was although she was a perfect hight she was litteraly like a full sized clyde so it was like riding a 17hh+ but at a 15.2 hight meaning she was very wide and saddleing her could be a problem but she was a lovely ride and could really move when she wanted to and outrace alot of the other horses on the yard :rolleyes: (although i didnt really try to stop her)
chester a 17.2 pure bred was a horse that i only rode in my riding lessons he was a nice ride but did struggle in the school as he was so big doing circles could cause him problems
but basicly ive found that clydes have loverly temperments and although very wide are quite a nice ride once you get used to them but you must remember they are a big horse and although they are more expensive to keep than say a 16hh because they eat a little more its not a massive amount more
also have you considered the idea of a clydesdale as a driveing horse daisy drives and goes very well in the carriage plus they can pull large amounts of weight :D

Alysser
02-10-2006, 04:29 PM
Clydesdale aren't good riding horses. They were bred to pull carts and tractors. Plus, they are very large and maybe hard to handle. I have heard of them costing over $15,000. I don't know if this is true. Food is probably very expensive since they are very large.

chrissycat21
02-10-2006, 04:42 PM
Clydesdales I've heard are normally very mellow, sweet horses.

If your dad isn't looking for just a purebred clydesdale, maybe he could look into adopting a PMU foal. I beleive they are normally mixed draft breeds.

lute
02-10-2006, 05:21 PM
If your dad isn't looking for just a purebred clydesdale, maybe he could look into adopting a PMU foal. I beleive they are normally mixed draft breeds.
i don't think dad cares whether the horse is a purbred clydsdale. he just really likes riding, but he's afraid he's too big for any other horse other then a large horse like a clydsdale or percheron.

Suki Wingy
02-10-2006, 06:06 PM
check out www.dreamhorse.com and you can search many breeds and mixes.

Corinna
02-10-2006, 06:27 PM
My hubby is 6'5" and clydes are the best for him he's all legs. If youdad is this tall or taller I would get a draft. They do make great riding horses no fear of falling as they are so wide. We used to ride freinds all the time you just can't find a saddle unless you have one specail made. we used a pad like one with stirups on it. had a great time

Toby's my baby
02-10-2006, 09:57 PM
I dont have a clydesdale or anything, but I have had horses since I was 5. What I know about them is. . .. They arent the BEST riding horses, but it can be done, if you get one with the right training, as it is with pretty much ALL horses. I just wanted to correct Zowey too, it is not 2 inches per hand, it is 4 inches per hand. They do require more food, and I'm pretty sure that they need more nutrients?? Maybe. . .. .

They average around $2000 or over $40,000, just depends on what you want. I LOVE this website: www.equine.com I go there every day to look at horses, the advanced search there works well. Also www.dreamhorse.com is also fairly good. They are great websites if you want a horse that might not be a purebred or if you want a purebred they are good for that too. Equine.com is my favorite. Hope some of this helps you out!! Good luck! :)

Miss Z
02-11-2006, 07:38 AM
i don't think dad cares whether the horse is a purbred clydsdale. he just really likes riding, but he's afraid he's too big for any other horse other then a large horse like a clydsdale or percheron.

If he does like clydesdales, then maybe a mix is best for him. But he could also get something like a cob or a hunter, they can get fairly large and are very good weight carriers:)

lute
02-11-2006, 02:38 PM
thanks! i'll defiantly check out the websites! my dad is 6'5 and isn't a "skinny" guy.