Australian heavy truck
Australian Draft – the result of more than a century of breeding heavy work horses. Since 1979, there is officially the Society of the Tribal Book of Australian Draft Transport. They are hardy and have a strong constitution.
In the past, most of the work horses in Australia were not purebred, and the Society first introduced relatively soft rules, but at present there is a strict breed standard. The standard, however, does not impose restrictions on the participation of horses in field competitions and shows. These horses were bred for the specific conditions of Australia and have existed as the main breed since the first heavy trucks in the 1800s were obtained from crossing with horses introduced during colonization.
Australian heavy duty vehicles are of any one color suit, an excessive amount of white on the muzzle or body is undesirable, white “stockings” on the legs are acceptable. Growth in withers on average from 16 to 17.2 palms. Weight – from 600 to 900 kg. Horses are exceptionally friendly, strong, have a good temperament and ability to work hard.
Australian heavy trucks were obtained from the crossing of four major breeds of heavy draft vehicles in Australia: Clydesdale, Percheron, Suffolk and Shire, and also have some blood of Brabancons. Breeding is still being done to get work horses. Australian horses have inherited many of the qualities of the original breeds. Depending on the line, oblyosti on the legs varies from mild to moderate.
In all states of Australia, heavy Australian breeds take part in plowing competitions. There are also competitions in harness and broods. Many heavy trucks are also used to transport logs in the forest, where it is not available for equipment, and they do not cause so much damage to the soil and vegetation of the forest.
In the early days of Australia, heavy trucks were used to develop the territory, on most farms they plowed fields, and also carried trolleys to the docks. Families usually rode these horses to the city or church. There are many memories of how they plowed the land and built dams in the countryside with the help of heavy trucks. Often horses became the same family members as, for example, dogs.
Of all the heavy breeds currently available in Australia, the Australian heavy trucks are the most popular. Many of them are not registered in the breeding book, but the owners adhere to purebred breeding for high-quality horses.
Like other heavy truck breeds around the world, the Australian suffered during the widespread mechanization of agriculture, due to which their number dropped markedly. Nevertheless, in many parts of Australia, farmers still use heavy trucks for agricultural work.
The average Australian heavy draft has a head with a broad forehead, clear eyes and sensitive ears. The neck is of medium length; the stallion has a well-developed fat ridge. The blade is well muscled. The line of the back is smooth. Thorax and croup wide. Australian horses exhibit good movements and stride lengths for walking and trotting when the back foot steps on or after the front foot.