This is a relatively young breed which
was developed in Holland after 1918. The Dutch Draft is massive
and is the heaviest of the Dutch Horses. They developed from crossbreeding
between the Brabant, Zeeland-type Dutch mares and the Belgian Ardennais,
and still bear a resemblance to the Brabant.
Traditionally, the Dutch Draft was used
for agricultural purposes throughout Holland, especially on heavy
clay soils which tire many breeds out. Before mechanization, they
were popular agricultural horses through Gelderland, North Brabant,
and Limburg, because of their phenomenal strength and willing temperament.
They are generally intelligent, good "doers', and economical to
keep, Surprisingly for their size, they are very active and tend
to have a long working life.
They are of a massive build, although
the head should not be to coarse. They have a short neck, often
set on to loaded shoulders, with a wide and strong back. The quarters
are muscular and powerful, with a sloping croup and a low=set tail.
They stand at about 16.3 hh, and are generally chestnut, bay, or
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