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    Default Howard County Fair Draft Horse Show - pics from Today

    There is already a post about one particular horse in this show, a young filly at Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue named Sunrise, who when brought from the auction, was discovered to have a roofing nail in her hind hoof! (Yikes) Today she was a rock star at the show (see other thread for details).

    Here are the photos I took of all the horses shown by Gentle Giants today at the show. I'll post another album of some of the others tomorrow!

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...90a6bcd&type=1

    Enjoy! Great job, GGDHR! THIS is how to make your rescue horses ready for new homes.
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    Lovely photos! Looks like everyone had a lot of fun.



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    Here's the other thread.



    Thanks for the pictures, Lori!
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    They look great! Nice to see clydes with their tails not docked and just french braided placing so well! That is a big problem we face over here on the west coast, as we(I ) do not dock our clydes, although tradition says it should be done...



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    Those are great! Thanks.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori B View Post
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    Great job, GGDHR! THIS is how to make your rescue horses ready for new homes.
    Yes! The horses looked SUPER.
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    Lovely horses, great pictures! I've always had a soft spot for the drafts at the state fair, and now that there's no SF here anymore, I'm kind of going through withdrawal. Thanks for the 'fix'! :-D



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    Looks like fun! Congratulations on a great day!
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    Lovely pics!
    O.M.G.!!! - the drafty babies!!!!!

    I treat myself every year to the local Lake Cty Fair Draft Horse Show.

    Since State Fair opens next week a lot of the big 6-horse hitches make a stop at the County Fair.

    Nothing like watching 10 of those teams in the ring all turning to change direction at once

    Last year there was a 15yo girl exhibiting a 8H Percheron team.
    She turned that wagon as neat as you please - awesome to watch.
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    Great photos, thanks for posting.

    Dumb question on the tail docking, for any of you draft folks. Do you put a false tail on them when they're turned out so they can swish flies? Or do they need a fly sheet?



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    nope. No false tails, and most of them do not get fly sheets either... my own drafts all have fly sheets, but the majority of draft owners do not sheet them or braid false tails in....the big show strings all get stalled under fans and fly sprayers in the big barns.



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    I braided some baling twine into a mare's pitiful little docked tail one summer because i felt bad for her. I think one of the other rescue horses has a tail bag with long fringe he can wear because he's got like three tail hairs....most of the rest just make do without (I guess they stand next to the horses that don't have docked tails? )
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    Looks like eveyone was having a good time..any chance they will be at the York Fair in Sept?



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    tradewind,

    They've mentioned the possibility somewhere. They'll definitely be at the Montgomery County Fair later this month, I'm pretty positive the Frederick Fair next month (which, if they are, it's the same weekend as the draft show at the York fair so then they probably won't be there), and the Maryland State Fair.
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    Great pics. I just love those draft horses!



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    Great pics, Lori! I agree it is very cool to see a rescue org getting their horses out and about. What a super way to get some exposure and what a fun day out, too.
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    Thanks, all. Yes, they really do right by their horses, and it shows -- they are well-handled, fat, shiny, and mannerly. As mannerly as anyone who weighs 1500 lbs can be!

    It was a horrendously hot and humid day. Don't know how they could wear their full chaps for the Western class! Can't wait to get out with them again on a nicer day!
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    Aww, I miss my Percheron x Paint cross now. She's registered with the North American Spotted Draft Horse Association (wow that's a mouthful) and was such a gentle giant...

    Just a little too gentle though, getting her to stride out enough for english just wasn't going to happen! She's a happy trail horse now though
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    Thanks for sharing these photos. What lovely horses and what happy people surrounding them.
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