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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:





Comtois - I absolutely adore these horses

Dole Gudbrandsdal

Dutch Heavy Draft

Finnish 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

Normandy Cob

Poitevin - such a cute horse... such a shame though

Russian Heavy Draft - a must for me... so gorgeous!

Schleswig Heavy Draft

Soviet Heavy Draft

Suffolk Punch

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.

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...


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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