Horse-drawn tram, Victor Harbour, SA
Nikon Coolpix S640.

A draft horse (US), draught horse (UK) or dray horse (from the Anglo-Saxon dragan meaning to draw or haul), less often called a heavy horse, is a large horse bred for hard, heavy tasks such as ploughing, logging, and farm labour. There are a number of different breeds, with varying characteristics but all share common traits of strength, patience and a docile temperament which made them indispensable to generations of pre-industrial farmers.
Draft horses are recognizable by their tall stature and extremely muscular build. In general, they tend to have a more upright shoulder, producing more upright movement and conformation that is well-suited for pulling. They tend to have short backs with very powerful hindquarters, again best suited for the purpose of pulling. Additionally, the draft breeds usually have heavy bone, and a good deal of feathering on their lower legs. The breeds range from approximately 16 hands high to 19hh, and from 1,400 to 2,000 lb (910 kg).
That’s BIG!
Reference source: Wikipedia

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  • Solomon Walker
    Solomon Walkerover 4 years ago

    an amazing photo Carol

  • oldsalty
    oldsaltyover 4 years ago

    Wonderfull capture and treatment Carol!

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 4 years ago

    Great detail in the photo.

  • frogster
    frogsterover 4 years ago

    This is wonderful

  • ValM
    ValMover 4 years ago

    Oh yes, a great picture. I love the attitude of the driver and the fleeciness of the horse. His nose is so soft-looking too. The touched of brown give a warmness to the picture too. Very nice.

  • SRana
    SRanaover 4 years ago

    that is some horse, i wouldn’t mind going on a ride. love the treatment

  • Barssel
    Barsselover 4 years ago

    This would make a great addition to the Horse and Rider group

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 4 years ago

    wow
    rare work

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    I LOVE this!!

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...over 4 years ago

    What an amazing looking horse. Was he a roan colour? Love the treatment you have added.

  • Hi Helen, thank you for your lovely comment. I had to look up ‘roan’:
    “…a horse coat color pattern characterized by an even mixture of colored and white hairs on the body, while the head and "points"–lower legs, mane and tail–are more solid-colored". The colour of the mare in this image was a beautiful burnished brown mixed with white.

    – carol brandt

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