The Smallest Breeds of Draft Horses

Ever wonder which horse is the smallest of the gentle giants? Then this article is for you! Draft horses are known for being the biggest of the horse breeds.  They are known for their height, width, and everything in between. But, what is the smallest draft horse breed?

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Smallest Draft Horse Breed: Halflingers

Haflingers are one of the most beloved breeds of ponies.  They are known for being dependable, versatile, athletic, and witty.  Haflingers are easy to pick out of a crowd due to their characteristic sorrel and palomino coloring.

Smallest Draft Horse Breed: Fjords

An incredible draft “pony” breed that very few people know about its the Fjord. The Fjord is an absolutely beautiful horse characterized by its unique coloring and draft-like build.

Smallest Draft Horse Breed: Gypsy Vanners

Gypsy Vanners, as their name implies, were bred by Gypsies to be the ideal cart horse for Gypsy caravans. They were bred by mixing Shires and Clydesdales with British ponies like the Fell and Dale, giving them their smaller size in a draft body.

So the smallest draft breed may not even be a horse, but a pony! Of course, there will always be exceptions to these standards.  There will always be that one “Halflinger” that ends up measuring more than 14.2 hands, and there will always be a Gypsy Vanner that ends up measuring over 16 hands. 

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