Breed Profiles - Irish Draught Horse

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Find out all about the Irish Draught, including typical height, colours, conformation, temperament and ideal disciplines

Breed Profiles - Irish Draught Horse
Breed Profiles - Irish Draught

Irish Draught breed summary:

Origin - Irland
Height - 15.2hh to 16.3hh
Colour - Any solid colour
Conformation - Powerful backs and strong bones
Ideal disciplines - Show jumping, eventing, dressage, showing, all-rounder, first horse

The Irish Draught horse was originally bred for use on the Irish farmland but was also used as an artillery horse during the war. The breed originates from the Irish Hobby, which is a small horse nothing like todays large draught horse but thanks to Iberian, Clydesdale, Shire, Thoroughbred and Connemara bloodlines, the present day Irish Draught came about. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the government set up a register for Irish horses and offered incentives to breed better horses.


The Irish Draught horse is usually between 15.2 and 16.3h in height. They can be any solid colour, including grey although excessive white markings above the knee are less desirable. They have very powerful backs and strong bones capable of carrying a large amount of weight. Irish Draughts are very desirable in the show jumping world as Irish Draught crosses make fantastic jumpers and eventers. The Irish Draught mare tends to pass on the solid bone, strength and sensible temperament onto the offspring which is often called the Irish Sport Horse.


The Irish Draught is known for its very calm and docile temperament. They tend to pass this sensible temperament to offspring which is why the Irish Draught bloodline is so sought after in the competition world. This calm and safe temperament makes them the horse of choice for several police forces.

Ideal Disciplines

The Irish Draught makes a fantastic all-rounder in its own right but when cross bred with other breeds of horse they make top level competition prospects. Their laid back nature makes them ideal for nervous riders and excellent hacking horses.

They are ideal for:

• Show jumping



• Showing

• All-rounder

• First horse

To find out more about the Irish Draught visit the Irish Draught Horse Society.


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