Draft Horses

By: Dea Dea Leis

Type of Draft Horses

Draft horses have been here for a long time.There are a lot of different types of draft horses. There is 38 draft horses and mules(Valentine et. all 1). The type of draft horses that I know that is around Cashton are Belgians, Clydesdales,Norwegian Fjord, Percherons and Shire.We are going to talk about is Belgians. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica inc., "Belgian horse,breed of the heavy draft horse descended from the Flenish "great horse" the medieval battle horse native to the low contries(1)."

Description of Belgians

Belgians can average 16 to 17 hands tall(Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. 2). That mean that they are 64 to 68 inches tall. Also their weight is about 1,800 to 2,200 pounds. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. "Belgians are usually bay, chestnut, sorrel, or roan in color(2)." The Draft horse corporation was established in 1887.


Draft Horse shows

Wisconsin and other States have draft horse show. That is where you can show off your horses. They use harness, wagons and Carts. The horse collar is meaning harness. The Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. said, " horse collar, device of leather, or leather and metal, encircling a horse’s neck, to which traces are attached, used to hitch the animal to a wagon or plow(Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. 1)." That is the meaning of the harness. The horse collar came to use in Europe in the 12th century(Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. 2).The cart and wagon are for the horses to get hooked up, so they can pull them.


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