Sometimes called the Nederlandsche Trekpaard, the Dutch Draft originates from
The Dutch Draft is a massive, solidly built horse. It was bred primarily for draft work, so the governing society for the breed, The Royal Society, purposely choose well-developed stock for the breeding program.
Ideally, the Dutch draft should measure 16 hands tall (64 inches, 162.5 centimeters) and have well-defined withers, hind quarters, and loins. Its legs should be muscular, while its hooves must be strong and firm. The most common coat colors for the Dutch Draft are bay and gray, although black is sometimes seen.
Personality and Temperament
The Dutch Draft’s most exceptional quality is not its strength or its size, but its disposition. It is a quiet horse that is is docile, obedient, and undemanding. Despite the fact the Dutch Draft can act quickly when the situation demands, its movements are unhurried and precise.
History and Background
The Royal Society for the preservation of the Dutch Draft Horse was formed on December 22, 1914. This society manages the stud book for the Dutch Draft as well as the Haflinger horse (another horse breed from Holland).
The Dutch Draft horse was developed by breeding
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