Equine horses include the draft horse or draught horse, that is a large horse bred for hard, heavy tasks such as ploughing 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 and draft crossbreds are versatile breeds used today for a multitude of purposes, including farming, show, logging, recreation, and other uses.
The Jutland, also known as the Danish heavy draft, takes its name from the area of Jutland in Denmark.
The original studbook was opened in 1881 and in 1887 the first breeders association was formed.
The Jutland ancestry can be traced back to the Vikings, when the breed was originally a popular warhorse, due to its ability of being able to carry heavy loads.
It is believed that the Jutland is connected in some way to the English Suffolk Punch, as it is very similar to look at.
The foundation stallion of the modern Jutland was “Oppenheim LII” now thought to be a cross between a Suffolk Punch and a Shire horse.
The typical height averages between 15 hands high up to 16 hands high, with coat colours being mainly chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail.
The breed is strong and powerful with a short arched neck, low withers, wide chest, powerful hindquarters, plenty of bone and heavy feathering on the lower limbs.
They have a calm temperament and considered willing workers.
The Jutland is popular with local farmers for agricultural purpose and used in cities for pulling brewery drays.
These displays can also be seen in agricultural shows, where the breed will also be promoted along with the product.
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