Equus caballus

Description

Draught horses are a large and hardy breed with a calm temperament. They are heavy in the body and strong legged. Draught horses have the characteristic “feathers”, or long hair, covering their large hooves.

Food

Grasses and grains

Breeds

A number of horse breeds are used as draft horses with the variation being largely geographic. Examples include Belgian, Clydesdale, Friesian, Irish Draft, Percheron, Shire and Suffolk Punch.

Size

Draught Horses can stand between 16 and 19 hands high and can range in weight from 700kgs to more than 1 ton for a mature stallion.

Breeding

Male ponies are called stallions, females are called fillies or mares, and babies are called foals. Gestation for a Horse is approx 11 months, with an additional 6 or 7 months for weaning.

Lifespan

Given they are well looked after a Draught Horse can live up to 30 years.