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post #31 of 50 Old 02-03-2010, 08:44 PM
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I knew all of them...but then again I spend half of my day looking at horses books :p Wish I had a Auxois...Most of the names are French (very hard to pronounce)

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post #32 of 50 Old 02-03-2010, 08:49 PM
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Sadly for a lot of these horses they no longer have a real purpose. If we want a draft horse we can more easily get a Shire or Clydesdale than Suffolk. Not many people fancy using one of these giants as a riding horse when again there are so many other breeds that can reach similar or slightly lower heights but don't have the same bulk that these do. So where does that leave these rarer draft breeds? Sadly the future for many looks bleak because unless we suddenly revert to pre industrial revolution ways then draft breeds have very little purpose in our modern society and the same pattern will repeat as more under developed countries reach similar technological prowess.

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post #33 of 50 Old 02-03-2010, 08:49 PM
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Wikipedia is my friend. Not much info, I will keep looking.

Just remember that Wikipedia is not exactly the best place for info on anything.
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post #34 of 50 Old 02-03-2010, 08:54 PM
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Just remember that Wikipedia is not exactly the best place for info on anything.
No, it is hard to find anything good on the internet about the Draughts. I do have a book but I recently moved and everything is still packed up. Hopefully a fellow Aussie member will come and explain some backround history about them.

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post #35 of 50 Old 02-28-2010, 03:53 AM
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I can never resist the opportunity to put up pics of Phoenix. She is the result of a Suffolk Punch stallion over a clydie/TB cross mare. The first pic is of her at four, just starting under saddle (she out grew that saddle in about thirty seconds!). The second pic was about 6 months later.
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post #36 of 50 Old 02-28-2010, 04:18 AM
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Also forgot to say that I love Norman Cobs! Would love to have one and have wondered what I could put over Phoenix to get something similar. I know there are none in New Zealand, I would love to import them. It would be nice to bring some Norman Cobs here to NZ and save them from the butchers knife given that they are primarily used for the horse meat market in France.
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post #37 of 50 Old 02-28-2010, 06:23 AM
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i remember them!

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post #38 of 50 Old 03-24-2010, 10:22 PM
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I do not consider Gypsy Vanner horses a draft breed. Ever. They are cobs, and to me, cobs fall under their own distinct grouping. Just because they are hairy and built heavily, does not make them drafts.

One of my favorite rare draft breeds is the Schwarzwälder Kaltblut, a light draft from southern Germany, their name means "Black Forest horse" in english.
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post #39 of 50 Old 03-25-2010, 12:17 AM
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I do not consider Gypsy Vanner horses a draft breed. Ever. They are cobs, and to me, cobs fall under their own distinct grouping. Just because they are hairy and built heavily, does not make them drafts.

One of my favorite rare draft breeds is the Schwarzwälder Kaltblut, a light draft from southern Germany, their name means "Black Forest horse" in english.
Oh interesting, I had never heard of them and I lived near germany. Do you have pictures of those guys?
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post #40 of 50 Old 03-31-2010, 03:26 AM
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You forgot American Creams!

My very first draft was my American Cream, Snickers. Gawd, what a horse. I had to have him put to sleep when he was just 14 due to complications from West Nile Virus.

I will try to find pictures of him on this computer.

I have a 19 hand, 2100 lb Percheron gelding, and a Clyde/Appy long yearling filly now. If I ever found another American Cream, I would snatch it up in a hoofbeat.
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