• Equestrian topics

    Draft horses in action

    Hello again! My last post was about draft horses. So, today I want to post here some videos that demonstrate the power of these animals and what they can do for farmers and the environment. It seems that, farming with draft horses is a key to sustainability (in its environmental context), a hot issue when it comes to food production. With so many thousands horses that are led to slaughterhouses at an early age instead of being used for other human activities except for racing, horse power in general could be part of the solution for food security. Coming from an agricultural background, I can say that, first of all,…

  • Breeds

    What is a draft horse?

    The draft horse (or drought horse, or dray horse, or working horse, or heavy horse) is bred for hard farm labor, used since the pre-industrial era. Today it’s used for a wide variety of purposes, including crossbreeding for the production of sport horses, farming, logging and recreation. Although they are mainly carriage horses, they are ofted ridden. The physiology of this equine species is quite special; heavy, strong, patient, obedient, tall and also extraordinarily muscular. The shoulder is upright, the lower leg is heavily feathered, the back is short and broad and the bones are heavy. These are the characteristics making it an impressive and hard-working carriage animal. The metabolism…

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