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FutureVetGirl 08-07-2008 12:33 PM

The Forgotten Drafts
 
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:

Boulonnais
http://www.horsedirectory.com.au/hor...boulonnais.gif
http://www.angelfire.com/ga2/riverchase/boulonnais.html

Ardennes
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/h...rdennes1-1.jpg
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/h...nnes/index.htm

Auxois
http://www.lesaboteur.com/photo-chev.../auxois_03.jpg
http://www.horseshowcentral.com/flex/auxois_horse/361/1

Breton
http://www.dkimages.com/discover/pre...747/128643.JPG
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/h...eton/index.htm

Comtois - I absolutely adore these horses
http://www.dkimages.com/discover/pre...778/128629.JPG
http://www.tiho-hannover.de/einricht...script/735.htm

Dole Gudbrandsdal
http://www.petpig.com/horse/horses/dolegudbrandsdal.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dole_Gudbrandsdal

Dutch Heavy Draft
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/h...ft/Dutch-9.jpg
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/h...raft/index.htm

Finnish Draft
http://www.lovasok.hu/images/Lofajtak/Finnhideg.jpg
http://www.equinekingdom.com/breeds/...nish_draft.htm

Freiberger
http://www.dkimages.com/discover/pre...3/50157839.JPG
http://www.fm-fribourg.ch/html/frameset.html

Italian Heavy Draft
http://www.zooland.ro/_files/Image/a...HeavyDraft.jpg
http://www.youpet.com/horse/italian-heavy-draft/

Jutland - Gorgeous horse!
http://www.dkimages.com/discover/pre...1/45006067.JPG
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/h...land/index.htm

Lithuanian Heavy Draft
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ught_Horse.jpg
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/h...raft/index.htm

Murakozi
http://www.dkimages.com/discover/pre...744/128773.JPG
http://www.iliveforhorses.com/Horses...asp?BreedID=99

Noriker - it's the solid colored Gypsy Vanner... but prettier! surprised not too many people know about them
http://www.dkimages.com/discover/pre...1/15017857.JPG
http://www.horsedirectory.com.au/hor...d/Noriker.html

Normandy Cob
http://www.horsechannel.com/images/h...mandyCobBL.jpg
http://www.probertencyclopaedia.com/...y+Cob&offset=0

Poitevin - such a cute horse... such a shame though
http://www.dkimages.com/discover/pre...4/40003641.JPG
http://www.poitevin.org/

Russian Heavy Draft - a must for me... so gorgeous!
http://www.petpig.com/horse/horses/rheavsnox.jpg
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/h...raft/index.htm

Schleswig Heavy Draft
http://www.equiworld.net/uk/horsecar...samson1_kl.jpg
http://www.equinekingdom.com/breeds/...eavy_draft.htm

Soviet Heavy Draft
http://www.lovasok.hu/gallery/szovje.../szovjet04.jpg
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/h...raft/index.htm

Suffolk Punch
http://www.worldofhorses.co.uk/Breed...unch_horse.jpg
http://suffolkpunch.info/e107/

Trait du Nord
http://www.rossinger.at/bilder/trait%20du%20nord.jpg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trait_Du_Nord

Vladimir Heavy Draft
http://www.lovasok.hu/images/Lofajtak/vlagyimir01.jpg
http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/h...raft/index.htm

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.

PoptartShop 08-07-2008 01:01 PM

Wow, I've never even heard of those. But then again, I'm not too familiar with drafts, LOL! :lol: They are gorgeous.

Solon 08-07-2008 01:09 PM

Lot of suffolks around here.

The Vladimir has always been my fave other than Percherons.

Kirsti Arndt 08-07-2008 01:14 PM

the Noriker is gorgeous i have only seen 2 of all of the above thank you Solon

Solon 08-07-2008 01:25 PM

I didn't do the first post! :D

FutureVetGirl 08-07-2008 01:35 PM

haha... it'd be fine even if you did... :P

I love Norikers, and I adore Vladimirs and Pointevins...

:D

Heh... I just have a "thing" for rare and unknown animals. Whether they be dogs, horses, cats, snakes, lizards, or... well... anything!

Harlee rides horses 08-07-2008 09:58 PM

Well maybe if people could pronounce half of those breeds names we'd know about them :lol:

FutureVetGirl 08-08-2008 05:08 AM

Most of them have very easy names to pronounce. And those who have names that are a bit harder are the prettier and nicer ones (better, in my opinion, to Clydes, Shires, Vanners, and Percherons).

Kirsti Arndt 08-08-2008 03:47 PM

excuse me futurevetgirl -it is a great posting and i totally enjoyed reading about some of these fabulous drafts. thank you

FGRanch 08-08-2008 05:48 PM

I've never heard of any of these breeds but some of them are GORGOUS.


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