The Irish Draught Horse is an active, short-shinned,
powerful horse with substance and quality. It is proud
of bearing, deep of girth and strong of back and quarters.
Standing over a lot of ground, it has an exceptionally
strong and sound constitution. It has an intelligent
and gentle nature and is noted for its docility and
Stallions: 15.3 h.h. to 16.3 h.h. approx. Mares:
15.1 h.h. to 16.1 h.h. approx.
Good, strong, clean bone.
Good, bold eyes, set well-apart, long, well-set ears,
wide of forehead. Head should be generous and pleasant,
not coarse or hatchet-headed, thought a slight roman
nose is permissible. The jaw bones should have enough
room to take the gullet and allow ease of breathing.
neck and front:
Shoulders should be clean-cut and not loaded, withers
well-defined, not coarse; the neck set in high and carried
proudly. The chest should not be too broad and beefy,
the forearms should be long and muscular, not caught
in at the elbow; the knee large and generous, set near
the ground; the cannon bone straight and short, with
plenty of flat, clean bone, never back of the knee (calf
kneed), i.e. not sloping forward from knee to fetlock.
The bone must not be round and coarse. The legs should
be clean and hard, with a little hair permissible at
the back of the fetlock as necessary protection; the
pastern stong and in proportion, not short and upright
nor too long and weak. The hoof should be generous and
sound, not boxy or contracted and there should be plenty
of room at the heel.
hindquarters, body and hind legs:
The back to be powerful, the girth very deep, the loins
must not be weak but the mares must have enough room
to carry the foal. The croup to buttocks to be long
and sloping, not short and rounded or flat topped; hips
not wide and plain; thighs strong and powerful and at
least as wide from the back view as the hips; the second
thighs long and well developed; the hock near the ground
and generous, points tot too close together or wide
apart but straight, they should not be out behind the
horse but should be in line from the back and the quarters
to the heel to the ground, they should not be over bent
or in any way weak. The cannon bone, etc., as for the
foreleg short and strong.
Smooth and free but without exaggeration and not heavy
or ponderous. Walk and trot to be straight and true
with good flexion in the hocks and freedom of the shoulders.
Any strong whole colour, including greys. White leg,
above the knees or hocks, not desirable.