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About Draft Horses

About Draft Horses

A draft horse, also known as a heavy horse, or, in the UK, a draught horse, is a large horse bred to do physically demanding work. It is therefore unsurprising that most draft horses are working horses. The draft horse is, however, also often used for recreation and draft horse showing in addition to labor.

Need for large yet quickly-moving horses became high by the 1800s, when farming expanded significantly. The draft horse was bred and used at this time not only for farm labor, but to transport heavy loads and passengers prior to the advent of the railroad.

Draft horses have are tall, standing at 16 to 19 hands high and weighing anywhere between 1,400 and 2,000 pounds. Despite their height, draft horses are stocky in build, being very muscular and having heavy bones and wide, short backs. When draft horses are crossed with lighter racing horses, as is often done, their offspring tend to be taller, consequently weigh more, and have more power and a greater range of motion.

The great size of draft horses in fact makes the Shire horse, a breed of draft horse, the world's largest horse. The largest recorded Shire horse measured 21.2 hands in height and weighed 3,300 pounds.

While draft horses are bred for the specific purpose of labor, they are quite versatile and have a broad range of uses. They are often used for farm labor, and in particular for the purpose of plowing. Their great ability to pull heavy loads also makes them well suited to logging, another area in which they are employed. Crossbreeds of draft horses and lighter riding horses are often used as sport horses, and can be ridden.

While draft horses are notable for their strength and endurance, they are also valued for their patience and fairly relaxed, docile nature. Beyond these qualities, characteristics vary among draft horses by breed, of which there are several. Breeds vary in popularity on a largely geographical basis.

Draft horses require a fairly low amount of food relative to their size; in fact, only 0.3% of their weight is required in food per day. However, given the large size of draft horses, they tend to consume more food than other horses. If a draft horse does not do much physically demanding work, high-quality grass is adequate to feed them. However, for a more active draft horse, feed and hay are advisable.

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