Adsense
Horse related advertisment
Most popular horse breed
Shetland pony
Top rated horse breed
Spanish Mustang
Random horse wiki
Yearlings

A yearling is a young horse of either sex that is between one and two years old.Yearlings are comparable in development to a very early adolescent, they are not fully mature physically,and while they may be in the earliest stages of sexual maturity, they are considered too young to be breeding stock

Log in/Register
Horse related advertisment

Random horse wiki

Yearlings

A yearling is a young horse of either sex that is between one and two years old.Yearlings are comparable in development to a very early adolescent, they are not fully mature physically,and while they may be in the earliest stages of sexual maturity, they are considered too young to be breeding stock

Most popular horse breed

Shetland pony

The Shetland pony is a breed of pony originating in the Shetland Isles. Its the smallest of all pony breeds, and is also the most popular. read more

Top rated horse breed

Spanish Mustang

The true Spanish Mustang is a direct descendant of the horses brought to the New World by the early Spaniards. They are truly America's Original... read more

Italian Heavy Draft breed information

HBL rank
#50

Italian Heavy Draft horse breed Italian Heavy Draft horse breed Italian Heavy Draft horse breed
Score : 12/100 based on
Views: 602
Rate: 0
Votes: 0
Modified on: 10/23/2017 4:17:43 AM

Horse related advertisment

Italian Heavy Draft horse general information

  • COLOR
    The most common color of the Italian Draft is liver chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail, but some are roan or bay. White markings are commonly seen on the face and legs.
  • SIZE
    The Italian Heavy Draft stands 15 to 16 hands high.
  • WEIGHT
    Italian Draft horses can weigh from 1250lbs to 1550lbs (570-700kg).
  • LIFE EXPECTANCY
    N/A
  • ORIGIN
    The Italian Heavy Draft horse originates in the northern regions of Italy and is very popular throughout the country. The breed began with rather experimental beginnings - native horses were crossed with the Brabant, the Percheron, and the Boulonnais, with airly unsuccessful results. Finally, the Breton horse was crossed with Italian mares. This provided the base for the Italian Heavy Draft.
  • USES
    Italian Heavy Draft is mainly used in the meat industry, but can also be used as a work horse, because it has large tractive power.
  • INFLUENCE
    Breton
  • TEMPRERAMENT
    The Italian Heavy Draft is kind, docile and has energetic action.

Italian Heavy Draft description

In appearance, the Italian Draft is a highly attractive, cobby-type horse with a quality head for a horse of its weight. They are of medium size, standing at between 15 and 16 hh, and have a compact, muscular body with well-sprung ribs and a strong back. The shoulders are generally good and very powerful, they are deep through the girth and have rounded, muscular quarters. They tend to have a short neck, which is often very thick through the jowl, and is thickset and very powerful. The legs can have rather poor conformation, being light in bone compared to their size, and having small joints. They also have a tendency toward boxy feet, which is an undesirable feature. Down the back of the legs there is some feathering, which is not seen in either the Avelignese or the Breton.

Italian Heavy Draft history

The Cavallo Agricolo Italiano da Tiro Pesante Rapido (CAITPR) or Italian Heavy Draft is the only draft breed of Italy. Origin of the breed dates to 1860 when the Deposito Stalloni of Ferrara began crossbreeding. This breed comes from the northern part of Italy, with some breeding also being carried on in central Italy. However, the principal area is in the region of Venetia, in the plain enclosed by the Dolomites and Julian Alps to the north and Slovenia to the east.
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Italian breeders sought to improve their local stock by importing first the massive Belgian Draft or Brabant, then the Percheron and the Boulonnais, and finally the Breton. Crossed with the common Italian mares, the Breton produced an ideal type for agricultural and draft horse purposes as well as for transport of artillery and engineers for the army. Some Italian Heavy Heavy draft mares were also used to produce the heavy mules required by the army. The official stud book was started in 1926.


Until the fifties and sixties this breed was a popular draft horse. Mechanization of the army and agriculture reduced the importance of the Italian Heavy Draft.



In the seventies an extensive selection effect was begun with the goal of improving the meat production characteristics of the breed.

Italian Heavy Draft fun facts

Italian Heavy Draft matures quickly, which is an advantage both for the meat market and for working. It's also called the Rapid Heavy Draft because of it's quickness.

Horse related advertisment