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During the 19th century, many European draft breeds were imported to Australia. Among them were Shires, Clydesdales, Suffolk Punches, and Percherons. Crossbreeding of these horses generated the Australian Draught Horse, which was used for heavy draft work. Belgian blood was also added in a later stage.
Today, the breed still exists in low numbers in Australia, where it is primarily used for farm work and pulling competitions.
Shires and Clydesdales were the most instrumental breeds in the creation of the Australian Draught Horse, and their influence is still visible in the conformation of the breed today.
The Australian Draught Horse has a wide head, a muscular neck of medium-to-long length, a wide and muscular body, and large hooves. The legs are long compared to most other heavy draft breeds, similarly to those of Shires and Clydesdales.
The mane and tail can be wavy, with the mane being short or medium in length while the tail can grow long and thick although it is often cut short. The lower legs are covered with feathering, which can be anywhere from light feathering that partially covers the cannon bones, to medium feathering that partially covers the hooves.
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered Australian Draught Horses in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases,
Speed: 13.9-15.8, 15.0 (0.5), 0.09.
Sprint: 35-52, 44 (4), 0.88.
Accel: 0.88-1.07, 0.96 (0.04), 0.01.
Decel: 1.00-1.14, 1.07 (0.03), 0.01.
Jump: 4.81-5.15, 4.99 (0.08), 0.01.
Pull: 3.10-3.95, 3.50 (0.2), 0.04.
Turning: 47.48-59.88, 53.63 (2.66), 0.52.
Reverse: 2.1-2.7, 2.4 (0.1), 0.02.
Stamina: 49.47-56.69, 53.05 (1.52), 0.3.
Reaction: 0.79-0.89, 0.84 (0.02), 0.00.
Coats & Height:
Colors: usually bay, black, or brown, and more rarely, chestnut, roan or grey.
Additionals: flaxen, mealy, linebacked, roan, sooty, dark mane & tail, grey mane & tail. They often have white markings. The coat is usually solid, but can sometimes be white-spotted sabino, although excessive whitening is undesirable.
Height: 15.3hh to 17.3hh.
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