Irelands draught horse dates back to Norman times when imported horses were crossed with smaller native animals. Later crosses included Andalusian, to produce an allrounder, suitable for riding, pulling a trap or working on a small farm.
Now renowned as a heavyweight hunter, and crossed with the thoroughbred to produce quality hunters and competition horses.
Colour: Bay, brown, chestnut and grey.
Height: between 15 and 17hh.
Conformation: neat head, on strong, short neck, powerful body, strong legs, large round feet.
Character: sensible, willing, docile.
Uses: hunting, cross-breeding.
The Irish Draught Horse Society (G.B)
PO Box 1869,
Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP3 5XA
Tel: 08452 300399 or 01722 714970
Fax: 01722 714979
Irish Draught Horse Society of North America
Irish Draught Horse Society Ireland
Irish Draught and Sport Horse Society Australia
IDSHS(AUS) – Honorary Secretary
5 Ridgeway Road
Kilcunda, Victoria 3995