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draft horse


work horse,

any breed of horsehorse,
hoofed, herbivorous mammal now represented by a single extant genus, Equus. The term horse commonly refers only to the domestic Equus caballus and to the wild Przewalski's horse.
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 that is suited to or used for drawing heavy loads. Draft horses originated in central Europe, where their domestication preceded the Roman invasion. Popular breeds include the BelgianBelgian horse,
one of the largest breeds of draft horses of pure European descent. It has a long history, antedating the Christian era, but became especially popular during the Middle Ages. In the 15th and 16th cent.
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, ClydesdaleClydesdale horse,
breed of draft horse developed in Scotland. It closely resembles the Shire horse, although it is not as heavy. The Clydesdale is characterized by its graceful, springy step.
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, PercheronPercheron horse
, breed of draft horse developed in NW France, originally of Flemish origin, but also containing some Arabian blood (see Arabian horse). For a heavy horse, it has considerable stamina and is a good trotter.
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, and ShireShire horse,
a breed of draft horse native to central England. It is equal in weight to the Belgian horse and is usually slightly taller. Widely used as a war horse during the Middle Ages, it was well adapted to carry the excessive weight of armor worn by both horse and rider.
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, all of which are extremely large and noted for their strength, endurance, and good disposition.

Draft Horse


the collective name for certain specialized breeds of work horses. Draft horses have massive bodies and a great capacity for pulling heavy loads. The main draft horses in the USSR are the Soviet, Vladimir, and Russian breeds, while in Western Europe the most important breeds are the Brabant, Percheron, Boulonnais, Breton, Shire, Clydesdale, Suffolk, and Ardennes. Draft horses were widely used in agriculture, for transportation, and in other work. Their use has declined with the growth of mechanization.

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Wildenstein, CJF, Rural Heritage (2009), 238 pages, 81/2 x 11 paperback--an in-depth look at what it takes to maintain a sound and healthy draft horse, including how to assess your heavy horse's health, satisfy the horse's distinct dietary needs, recognize disorders that affect drafts, and properly care for a heavy horse's hooves.
Her points are thus made with both elegance and a lot of muscle--much like the draft horses themselves.
Andy's first draft horse task was to pull from the woods the two locust trees that would become the Bennett's front porch posts.
There were landowner guidelines for writing horse logging contracts, feature stories in various papers on local horse loggers, a directory of horse loggers compiled by Rural Heritage magazine, and the Draft Horse Resource support site, with a chat room where you are disqualified for "cussing or slapping the reins.
The climax of the show--and its most Ringling Brothers-like scene--features three acrobats, one huge black draft horse that circles the outer edge of the ring, and a centrally placed conductor.
Dole himself was likened to a mule, draft horse, German shepherd, elephant, kangaroo, zebra, and chameleon.
A team of horses won second place in the six-horse hitch at the Britt, Iowa, Draft Horse Show, one of the largest in the country
Another rider, who weighed 240 pounds, rode 1,800-pound Bam Bam, a brown Belgian draft horse with furry legs and a size 5 horseshoes -- the smaller, traditional quarter-horses of about 1,000 pounds wear a 0 to 1.
Celebrity Draft Horse Team Driving - Celebrity teams compete in a draft horse team driving competition Tuesday, Jan.
The 27-year-old draft horse had fallen into an abandoned well in a field outside Goshen sometime before Tuesday evening.
Beginning with an account of early farming methods, the work discusses the use of horses on farms during the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including breeds of draft horse, tack, horse drawn farm implements, seasonal tasks, and the culture surrounding farming with horses.
Horse brasses are the traditional decoration on draft horse harnesses, hanging from the top of the headstall, on the horse's forehead.