Belarusian draft horse breed
Belarusian draft horses are a light-draft breed that belongs to the species of the northern forest type. Today it is the only national horse breed of the Republic of Belarus.
In the photo: Belarusian harness horse
The history of the Belarusian breed of horses
The breed was born in the 19th century, and already in the 1850s on the territory of modern Belarus there were 22 stud farms and 4 factory stables. Their "population" consisted of 170 pedigree stallions and 1300 mares.
The qualities that were valued in Belarusian harness horses and were strengthened in every way - this is endurance, unpretentiousness and adaptability to almost any conditions. Due to this, Belarusian draft horses can remain operational at a very advanced age - up to 25-30 years.
Description of the Belarusian draft horse
Measurements of stallions of the Belarusian draft breed
|Height at the withers||156 cm|
|Oblique body length||162.6 cm|
|Chest circumference||193.5 cm|
|Metacarpal circumference||22 cm|
Measurements of Belarusian mare breeds
|Height at the withers||151 cm|
|Oblique body length||161.5 cm|
|Chest circumference||189 cm|
|Metacarpal circumference||21.5 cm|
Features of the appearance of the Belarusian draft horse
Most often, Belarusian draft horses have a very thick mane and tail, as well as hairs (the so-called “brushes”) on their legs.
The main suits of Belarusian harness horses
The main colors of the Belarusian harness horses: red, bay, bulan, solovaya, mice.
In the photo: Belarusian harness horse of a salt suit
The use of Belarusian horses
The Belarusian draft horse is often used for agricultural work, but not only. Currently, they are gaining more and more popularity in amateur sports, rental, as well as among private owners. This popularity is largely due to the complaisant nature of the breed.
Where are Belarusian draft horses bred?
According to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Belarus, currently Belarusian draft horses are bred in the following farms:
- agro-industrial complex Mir,
- agricultural production cooperative "Polesskaya Niva",
- agricultural production cooperative "Novoselki-Luchay",
- Municipal agricultural unitary enterprise “Plemzavod“ Korelichi ”,
- Republican Agricultural Unitary Enterprise "State Farm" Lidsky ",
- State Enterprise "ZhodinoAgroPlemElita".