I started to muse about what breed I would pair Rosie with. Rosie is not a purebred, her dam was a Percheron, and her sire was a Belgian. She is every bit "heavy draft". My first thought is Gypsy Cob. My reasoning is to breed down in size but still keep the "draft" that I have fallen in love with.
When mentioning this to D; he said "But size is what makes a draft a draft".
What?!? I know LOTS of small draft horses... Halflingers, Fjords, Gypsy Cob to name a few. So I started to list the other qualities that draft horses have that just make them such great companions.
- Not everyone rides a 17 HH 2000 LB horse with dinner plate size hoofs!
- Smooth as a Cadillac ride!!
- Nothing phases them at all.
- Sweet Gentle personalities
- Escape artists with innocent faces
My list could go on... but it still doesn't adequately describe what I feel that makes a draft different.
So what makes these big (even the light drafts have this big presence) guys so special?
There is SOMETHING about them just makes me swoon!
I know others who have had the Draft Experience can attest to what I'm saying.