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Vladimir Heavy Draught
The largest of the Russian four principal heavy draught horses dating back
to 1886 when heavy horses were brought into the Gavrilovo-Posadsk stables to
cross with local mares; Percherons, Ardennais and some were imported from
England, in particular Suffolks and Cleveland Bays. Later, at the beginning
of the twentieth century, Clydesdale and Shire blood was introduced, the
Shire blood taking priority until 1925 when a policy of interbreeding of the
best progeny was adopted and the breed became established.
Similar in appearance to the Shire it stands a little smaller at between 16
and 16.1 h.h. and may be any solid colour. It is a powerful horse with a
strong constitution. The head is handsome with a Roman nose; the neck is
strong and muscular; the shoulders are powerful and sloping; the body is
deep; the hindquarters are powerful and well muscled; the limbs are good and
sound with plenty of feather. The Vladimir is used in agriculture and for
general heavy draught work.