One of the heaviest draught horses in Europe developed towards the end of
the nineteenth century specifically for agriculture on the flat lands of
Holland, where the going changes from heavy clay to sand. Though there was a
heavy horse on the flat lands in the Middle Ages, it died out when the need
for carrying noblemen with heavy armour declined. Today, the Dutch Heavy
Draught is the result of crossing native mares with the Belgian Heavy
Draught (also known as the Brabant). In 1914 Stud book societies from the
provinces combined to produce a National Stud Book Society - The Royal
Association of the Netherlands Draught Horse.
The Dutch Draught is a massively built horse standing up to 17h.h. it is
usually chestnut, bay or grey in colour; the head is compact; the neck is
thick and muscular; the back is short and strong; the body is deep and
massive; the limbs are very thick and short with feather. Despite its
massive size it is surprisingly active and capable of moving fast. It has a
kind nature and possesses great stamina.