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Q: Work Horses?

January 1, 2012 | By Ches21 | 3 answers | Expired: 1071 days ago

Ches21

What kind of horses are these they worked for ansestoers of mine but everyone says they weren't clydesdales that they were too small to be clydesdales yet too big to be qaurter horses and no one knows what breed they where do you know?

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NonGlassMenagerie
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Jan 01, 2012

That's an open-ended question since there are so many breeds of draft horses and we don't have any info other than "it's not as big as a clydesdale". Where were your ancestors from? Different breeds of draft horses can be found in different regions of the world. How far back are talking about? Some breeds that were common a few hundred years ago are rare now. There's the Norwegian Fjord, Suffolk, Shire, Haflinger, Percheron, Belgian, Boulonnais, Irish Draught, American Cream Draft, Mulassier,Spotted Draft, and hundreds of Draft Cross Breeds listed on registries. There are probably even more breeds than I listed here.

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daryl b.
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Jan 01, 2012

wow ches that is a tough one with no pic. i am trying to think of one smaller then a clyd. there are percherons and shires. morgans but they are not concidered a work horse. can you find a pic and post it

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Kelly
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Jan 04, 2012

As the other two answers indicated, there are just too many work or draft horse breeds to be able to tell you with any certainty. Maybe someone in your extended family has searched the family tree and has some additional info. "Too big to be a quarter horse" doesn't even mean they were draft horse. They could have just been big horses. I had a thoroughbred/quarter horse cross who was 17-1/2 hands tall. He had to have specially-made shoes because the standard horseshoes didn't fit him.

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