These Top Workhorse Breeds Take Their Jobs Seriously


Clydesdales are large, tall horses with feathered feet, standing 16-18 hands high. Known for pulling Budweiser wagons, they originate from Scotland and are used in driving and farm work. 


Shire horses, over 16.2 hands tall, are large-boned with thick necks and feathered feet. Developed in England, they carried knights and pulled heavy wagons.


Belgians are chestnut horses with white markings, standing 16-18 hands high. Known for strength in driving and farm work, they excel in pulling contests and are termed America s Favorite Draft Horse.


Drum horses, 16 hands and taller, are large with long legs, and come in various colors. Developed to carry drums for the British Royal Household Cavalry, they are a mix of Shire, Clydesdale, and Gypsy horses.


Percherons have large hoofs, nice necks, and big shoulders, standing 16.2-17.3 hands high. Originating near Paris, France, they are versatile in farm work, driving, and jumping, and can pull heavy loads elegantly.

Suffolk Punch

Suffolk Punch horses, standing 16.1 hands and taller, have a distinctive head, arched necks, and are chestnut-colored. Bred in Eastern England for power, they are used for logging and heavy farm equipment.


Ardennes horses, 15.3-16.2 hands high, have thick chests and short, feathered legs. Gentle and ideal for driving and therapy work, they are used by the Riding for the Disabled Association in the U.K.

Vladimir Heavy Draft

Vladimir Heavy Drafts, 15.1-16 hands high, are lighter-boned with an athletic build. Developed in Russia, they are strong and fast, setting a 1968 record for a 2000-meter trot with a heavy pull.