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Draft Horse Breeds – Smallest, Biggest, Gentlest!

My grandson came home from school mad; his teacher told him not all draft horses are big, and he was sure she was wrong. When I hear “draft horse,” I picture large Belgian, Shire, and Clydesdales. However, his teacher is correct draft horses come in all sizes. The Haflinger is the smallest draft horse breed, …

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3 Types of Horses You Should Know, Plus 5 Different Kinds

Horses are amazing creatures. They have been domesticated and used by humans for centuries, whether for transportation, racing, or working in the fields. Many different types of horses exist across the world – some being more popular than others! The primary types of horses you should know are draft horses, warmbloods, and hot-blooded horses. But …

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Can You Ride a Belgian Draft Horse and Are They Gaited?

Our neighbor owns a pair of massive Belgians they use to pull their trail wagons. Recently, my grandson was watching the horses and asked if a person could ride a Belgian. I thought it was a good question to research since we’ve never seen anyone ride our neighbor’s horses. Belgians can be ridden, and some …

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The Clydesdale Horse Breed: How Much Can They Pull?

Clydesdale’s strength is legendary and is the primary reason the breed flourished in the pre-industrial period. But do you know how much weight these massive horses can pull? A Clydesdale can pull between 2,000 and 8,000 pounds. Pulling strength is determined by the distance a loaded sled (boat), or a dynamometer is moved. Most large …

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Why Do Horses Wear Blinders? 4 Primary Reasons

While recently strolling through the New Orleans French Quarter, we walked by a mule wearing blinders. Seeing the blinders made me wonder why some horses wear blinders? Horses wear blinders to reduce their field of vision and stay focused on their tasks. When pulling loads or racing, horses are easily distracted. Horses that pull wagons …

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Gypsy Vanner or Irish Cob: Colors, Height, and Prices

I saw my first Gypsy Vanner at a recent horse show, and it was quiet an impressive looking animal. It made me wonder where they came from and what are equine events are they used for. Gypsy Vanners are a small draft horse breed, with an easy-going temperament and sound conformation. The Gypsy Vanner and …

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