With their massive hooves, rippling muscles, and incredible size, it's easy to understand why we can't help but fall in love with draft horses. These large horses are bred for strength and have been used for centuries to help humans accomplish all kinds of heavy lifting and pulling. They are trained to pull plows and carriages, and they were also the driving force behind the logging industry before motorized equipment took over.
The most famous draft horses of all are undeniably the Budweiser Clydesdales, but these heavy horses come in several other impressive breeds. Percherons, Shires, Belgians, Gypsy Vanners and many more are celebrated around the world for their truly impressive size and surprisingly gentle personalities.
We would ohh and ahh at images of draft horses all day if we could, and we've collected a few of our favorites to show off these amazing horses.
1. This horse's head and neck alone are bigger than the average person.
2. This coloring is amazing, and look at those feathery fetlocks!
3. Even with all that mass, these huge animals are fast and agile.
4. This is Splash, one of the most beautiful Gypsy Vanners in the world.
5. This draft horse is pure muscle.
6. The size comparison between this Clydesdale and a donkey is amazing. The donkey's whole head could fit in one of the Clydesdale's nostrils!
7. No, that's not a shorter-than-average person standing next to that horse. That's just an average-sized Clydesdale.
8. The Ardennes draft horse is not as well known as others, but its incredible bulk makes it one of the most stunning horse breeds in the world.
9. Meet Big Jake! He holds the Guinness World Record for being the tallest horse in the world. He stands at an incredible 20hh.
10. Check out the size comparison between this draft horse and an average-sized horse breed. No, it's not an optical illusion!
11. The roan coloring on this Ardennes draft horse is breathtaking!
12. While draft horses typically have calm personalities great for riding, it still takes a good bit of courage to climb up into that high seat!
My family raised and showed Belgian. While we raised them for halter and hitch classes, Dad also used them for wagon rides and actual farm work and more! I also remember sitting on their backs braiding manes. Ours were tall enough, I can't imagine grooming and braiding a horse that tall! Lots of time standing on stools and tired arms!
Sharon S Wertz
My beautiful Belgian stallion, Queen's Farceur Sam was the biggest kids' pony you ever saw! He loved kids and would do anything for them. And he passed his disposition to his offspring...even the thoroughbred/Belgian crosses.
When I'm was a child we had a matching pair of draft horses, they were strawberry roans, I'm not sure what breed
.my dad used them for logging,but one year they got sold. I loved them, very gentle. Thank you for the lovely pictures
I`m doing a report on draft animals and LOVED these pictures! My friend Mayla has a hores but I`ve never bean on one .