The Belgian Draft Horse
The Percheron Draft Horse
The percheron is a heavy draft breed. They are known for a mostly gentle and sweet disposition. This breed has been cultivated mostly for use on farms for working. Colors range from black to gray to flea bit and white. Perfect for carriage work because of their steadfast loyalty, strength and eye-catching coat colors.
The American Belgian horse was developed from an old-world European horse known as Brabant/Belgian from Europe. It is the most popular (in numbers) breed of draft horse in the U.S.. They are known for a more refined and long legged body, the standard for this breed is a sorrell or brown/red coat and most times a flaxen mane and tail although colors within the breed can vary.
This horse is known for a gentle temperment with strong body for pulling.
People sometimes ask us if it's cruel to work a horse pulling a carriage.
Our horses generally work only 30 or less days per year. The rest of the year is spent in a natural environment unstalled, grazing and just being "horses". They get regular health care checks, hoof care and vaccinations to keep them healthy. We humans exert more energy year round working to keep them fed and taking care of them!
So, my answer is NO! These horses are treasured members of our family and we love them dearly. They, like we humans, earn their keep by carriage work which keeps them in hay and health care.
The draft cross is the "best of both worlds" horse. He is a more refined/lighter bodied/boned horse combined when a traditional riding horse and draft horse is bred.
We use crosses for our lighter weight carriages when a bigger draft horse or team isn't necessary.
Health & Happiness
The breeds we use.
These are not just horses, they are part of our family. They are our trusted partners and companions.