Draft horses, they are the gentle giants built to work. A draft horse is a large horse bred to be a working animal doing hard tasks such as plowing and other farm labor. There are a number of different breeds of draft horses with varying characteristics but all share the common traits of strength, patience and a docile temperment. They were invaluable to past generations of farmers and loggers.
Today, draft horses can serve a number of functions, such as farming, logging, maple syrup production, and recreation. They are also commonly used for breeding to lighter riding breeds such as the thoroughbred for sport horses. Most draft horses are used for driving but they are also great riding horses due to their gently nature.
Draft horses are generally taller and have an extremely muscular build. They tend to have broad, short backs with powerful hindquarters best suited for pulling. Draft breeds range from 16 to 19 hands high and from 1,400 to 2,000 pounds. They are costly to feed because of their size, but do well on good quality grass.
There are many breeds of Draft horses. Belgians are the most popular breed of draft horses. They are big, strong, kind-natured and beautiful. Some other breeds include: American Creams, Brabants, Clydesdales which we all know from the Budweiser franchise, Percherons who are generally black or grey, Suffolk Punch, Shires, and Halflingers to name a few.
They are truly beautiful, gentle giants in the horse world and very loyal animals to own.
This blog was posted on www.equestrian-properties.com on July 30, 2015