When most people think of a draft horse, draught horse, or heavy horse (same thing, different names), their mind flips strait to Clydesdales, Shires, Percherons, Belgians, and Gypsy Vanners. But what about horses like Boulonnais? Or Italian Heavy Drafts? Or perhaps a Freiberger?
Here are a few Heavy Draft Breeds I think deserve some attention:
Comtois - I absolutely adore these horses
Dutch Heavy Draft
Italian Heavy Draft
Jutland - Gorgeous horse!
Lithuanian Heavy Draft
Noriker - it's the solid colored Gypsy Vanner... but prettier! Surprised not too many people know about them
Poitevin - such a cute horse... such a shame though
Russian Heavy Draft - a must for me... so gorgeous!
Schleswig Heavy Draft
Soviet Heavy Draft
Trait du Nord
Vladimir Heavy Draft
There are so many more. Ok... I did more than a few. But these guys deserve it. Some of these (like the Boulonnais, Suffolk Punch, and a few others, don't remember which) were actually around for a long time longer than Clydes, Shires, Gypsies, etc.
If you have a few "forgotten" breeds. Do share.
These are the horses that are so wonderful, but used only for certain things like farmwork, that soon they were forgotten. Now most of them are bred only for the meat market, which means conformation and quality deteriorates. Which is a really sad ending for these gorgeous horses with amazing personalities and histories.
I'm not saying at all that Clydes and Shires and Gypsies are bad... I'm just saying that they're not all there is.