The Largest Breeds In The World

The Largest Breeds In The World

Horse breeds come in all shapes and sizes. For the most part, the average horse stands at around 15 hands high, and weighs around 500 kilograms, with stallions weighing a little more, depending on the breed.

But there are some select breeds throughout the world that take size and weight to a completely new level. These are breeds that have become famous for their enormous size, and their incredible strength, which often led to these breeds being used for hard, physical labour. While most of these breeds are now kept on a more recreational level, they have retained their size, making them some of the biggest in the world. While these aren’t always the horses that can be found when gambling online NZ, many are still prominent in the world of professional horse shows.

  1. Dutch Draft

Comparatively new to the world, this breed was first introduced after the First World War, and was used as a heavy draft and farm horse in the Netherlands. Its ancestry came from the breeding of a Belgian Ardennes and a Belgian Draft, and since the early 192s, no horse other than from a registered set of parents is allowed to be entered into the official draft horse. The horse stands at around 16 hands in height, and comes in Gray, bay, or chestnut.

  1. Belgian Draft

The Belgian Draft is one of the oldest breeds in the world that is still around today. Standing between 16.2 to 17 hands in height, and weighing in at around 1000 kilograms, this stocky horse with a relatively small head makes it the perfect breed for pulling heavy farm machinery. Big Jake is an example of a Belgian Draft, and is one of the tallest horses in the world, standing at an astonishing 20.275 hands.

  1. Percheron

The Percheron breed hails from the Husne River valley, located in France. They don’t have the same thick necks like other draft horses, partly due to the Arabian blood that makes up their genetics, which was introduced in the early 19th century. This breed was used exclusively as a warhorse until the end of the First World War.

  1. Clydesdale

The Clydesdale is a famous Scottish breed, named after the region that they originated from. They are a distinctive horse that has long feathers on their legs, which are often used in show pulling. They were once a small but heavy breed that grew over time as they were bred with other draft breeds in the last 100 years. Now, they have become one of the tallest in the world. While they were initially used for agriculture, most today are now riding and recreational horses.

  1. The Shire

The Shire is a British horse that comes in bay, black, or grey, and is currently the tallest breed of horses in the world, holding a number of world records. Registered stallions need to be at least 17 hands tall, while mares must stand at 16. While they were once endangered, their popularity has seen their numbers increase in recent years.


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