Breed Objective & Description
IRISH DRAUGHT BREED OBJECTIVE
The following Breed Objective and Breed Summary Description have
been established by the Studbook of Origin in Ireland. They were amended by the
Task Force recommendations in December 2014. The Irish Draught Horse Society
(GB), as a harmonised studbook, follows these standards.
The breeding objective of the Irish Draught studbook is to breed
sound Irish Draught horses with correct conformation, type, movement and action,
calm and willing temperaments and sufficient athleticism that conforms to the
Irish Draught breed standard. These animals will serve one or more of the
following three functions by:
Participating in preservation and ongoing breed improvement
Performing as pleasure, leisure or performance horses;
Contributing to cross breeding programmes with other breeds.
Breed Summary Description
The Irish Draught Horse is a versatile, powerful and athletic
animal with substance and quality. It has a pleasant head, good bone and a short
shin, good spring of rib, strong loins and hindquarters and an active powerful
stride. Known for its good temperament, docility and willing nature, it has a
robust constitution and is inherently sound. The Irish Draught Horse is a
foundation breed that, when crossed with other breeds, will produce all types of
leisure and performance horses.
Type of horse: detailed description
Ideally Irish Draughts should stand between 158cms (15.2hh) and a maximum of
170cms (16.3hh) at maturity.
Approximately 23cms (9 inches) of strong, clean, flat bone.
Should be pleasant, not coarse or hatchet like, with plenty of room between the
jaw bones. Wide forehead and kind eyes, set well apart, and with large quality
Good length of rein with head well set on, neck should be correctly muscled and
Front legs: Long muscular forearms, short cannon bones with plenty of
strong clean, flat bone, not back at the knee or tied in below the knee.
Pasterns should be in proportion with good hoof pastern axis. Hooves should be
of equal size, hard and sound with plenty of room at the heel. They should not
be boxy, over large or flat.
A sloping shoulder neither loaded, nor too heavy, nor too short, with
well-defined withers, well set back.
Body, back and hindquarters:
Deep girth with a good spring of rib, strong back, loins and quarters. The croup
and buttocks should be long and gently sloping. Hips should not be too wide.
Hind legs: Strong gaskins, well shaped clean hocks set into short shins.
Should not be cow-hocked or wide apart at the hocks.
Should be straight and free, not heavy or ponderous.
Should be active and strong, with sufficient athleticism showing good flexion of
joints and freedom of the shoulders.
Any strong whole colour including bay, grey, chestnut, black, brown and dun.
Excessive white markings are not desirable.
Last Updated Thursday 28 July 2016