The Draft breeds popular in America are commonly listed as: Clydesdale, Belgian or Belgian Draft, Percheron, Suffolk or Suffolk Punch, and the great Shire.
Probably the most recognized by non-draft folks is the Clydesdale -- from the publicity the famous Annheiser-Busch teams generate. Belgians are probably the most numerous in the United States, at work in the field, in Draft shows and in pulling contests. Percherons show up wherever workhorses do -- they pull, show, work, and jump! I have seen the Shire in show and ridden dressage. Less numerous in the United States are the Suffolk and American Cream Draft. The French Mulassier is one of too many endangered domestic species.
From before the 1970's probably the most important contributions purebred draft breeders made to the horse community, was in maintaining pure lines for cross breeding purposes. The hearty 'chunk' or draft cross as they are known today can be registered in the Draft Cross Registry.
Horse breed encyclopedia sites include the Internation Museum of the Horse and Oklahoma State University.
This horse traces back to the 1st-2nd century A.D., in Northwest France. An apparent cross of Old Forest horse, Spanish, and Arab breeds, the Boulonnais may also be a Numidian descendant.Named for their high-speed runs of fresh fish to Boulogne, today there are two divisions of the breed. The smaller fish-cart horse, and the nearly extinct larger type.
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North American Spotted Draft Horse Association (NASDHA)
NASDHA was formed in 1995 to preserve and promote draft horses with pinto spotting.
NASDHA entry updated March 7, 2001. bkNorth American Spotted Draft Horse Association 5724 350th Street NE West Branch, IA 52358 phone: 319-643-5029 CST email: NASDHAdraft@aol.com website: www.nasdha.net
The draft without feathers, that bushy fringe of hair above the hoof.According to the American Suffolk Horse Association, "Suffolks are large, symmetrical and uniform in color and type. Their frames are supported by clean, dense bone. Due to their extreme draftiness, the legs of the Suffolk appear short and are strongly muscled in forearms and gaskins. They are placed well under the horse and are free of long hair."
"An Iowa Treasure 'Old Granny' the first known American Cream, appeared at a farm sale in Story County, Iowa, in 1911. By approximation, her foaling date, lay somewhere between 1900 and 1905." (according to Oklahoma State Horse Breeds information).
According to the American Cream Draft Horse Association: Breed Standards for American Cream Draft horses call for light, medium or dark cream color on pink skin, white mane and tail, and amber or hazel eyes. Foal's eyes are almost white the first year. White markings on face and legs are desirable. Creams have long manes and tails, and tails are not docked.
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Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association (DCOBA) -- Provide a venue for registering Draft Cross Horses Any Draft Cross Horse that is at least 1/64th, but not 100% draft is eligible for registration with this organization.Top of the Page Draft Resource Page
The Mulassier is an endangered French breed - about 400 left in the world. There are only 3 in the USA - most will never be able to be imported as they cannot pass the US bloodtests.
Crossed with the Poitou Donkey to produce the Poitou mule, the Mulassier is one of the historic Draft breeds.
"We have info and photos of this unusual breed on our website at www.geocities.com/baudetdupoitou."Leah Patton Top of the Page Draft Resource Page