Why are draft horses called draft horses?

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asked Mar 12 in Horses by AndySteel (800 points)
Why are draft horses called draft horses?

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answered Mar 19 by 51Hawker (1,060 points)
Draft horses are called draft horses because the name draft refers to and means the force to pull a load.

A Draft Horse is bred and used to pull things and do work that requires lots of heavy hauling.

Draft horses got their name as the term draft is defined as the force required to pull a load or something that is pulled or drawn.

Draft horses are large, heavy breeds of horses characterized by tall stature (>16 hands), heavy muscular build, and large body size (>1400 lb).

Common breeds include Percheron, Belgian, Shire, and Clydesdale, and they are often used in pulling, plowing, and farm labor.

Draft horse breeds are bred to have the strength to pull heavy loads, such as logging, plowing and hauling hitches.

Belgian draft horses tend to be a bit shorter and stockier than Clydesdales, with broad backs, strong shoulders and kind, gentle dispositions.

Belgians average 16.2 to 18 hands. Clydesdales tend to be around 18 hands and appear slightly less muscular and stocky.

A draft horse, draught horse or dray horse, less often called a carthorse, work horse or heavy horse, is a large horse bred to be a working animal doing hard tasks such as plowing and other farm labor.

While most draft horses are used for driving, they can be ridden and some of the lighter draft breeds are capable performers under saddle.

Draft Horses can live from 25 to 30 years depending on the breed.

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