Monday, 7 April 2014

Animal Spotlight: Draft Horses

Wikipedia description:
A draft horse (US), draught horse (UK) or dray horse (from the Old English dragan meaning to draw or haul; compareDutch dragen meaning 'to carry'), less often called a work horse or heavy horse, is a large horse bred for hard heavy tasks such as ploughing and farm labor. There are a number of breeds, with varying characteristics but all share common traits of strength, patience, and a docile temperament which made them indispensable to generations of pre-industrialfarmers.

Draft horses and draft crossbreds are versatile breeds used today for a multitude of purposes, including farming, draft horse showing, logging, recreation, and other uses. They are also commonly used for crossbreeding, especially to light riding breeds such as the Thoroughbred for the purpose of creating sport horses. While most draft horses are used for driving, they can be ridden and some of the lighter draft breeds are capable performers under saddle.

 ~ In the olden days they were generally used for farm work. Nowadays most people use them for driving carriages. ~

Article:  3 Most Common Draft Horse Breeds in North America

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