Driving Horse Breeds List • Light Draft • Carriage Horses
There are several horse breeds
that have conformation that is well suited to driving, for both pleasure and sport such as harness racing and showing.
These driving horses have lighter conformation than that of the heavy draft horses and offer a faster, agile and more versatile horse that are capable of pulling light loads.
Conformation Of Driving Horses
Driving horses have a more refined conformation than the heavy draft horse allows them to offer greater speed and agility, and in the case of the hackney can also have extravagant foreleg action as well. Driving horses often have powerful shoulders and hindquarters combined with a strong, broad back and thick mane and tails combined with an amiable temperament.
Some of the most popular breeds used for pleasure driving, competition driving and showing and harness racing:
- Cleveland Bay
A good looking well muscled horse with
a bold and willing temperament... more about the Cleveland Bay
A lovely looking and well proportioned horse
well suited to carriage driving... more about the Frederiksborg
- French Trotter
A beautiful horse that has great speed and stamina and therefore excels at harness racing... more about the French Trotter
These lovely looking black horses are well muscled with active paces and are well suited to carriage driving... more about the Friesian
A powerfully built horse that has active paces, stamina and a willingness to work... more about Gelderland
An elegant and intelligent horse that is well known for its high stepping foreleg action and active paces... more about the Hackney
Driving Horses Continued...
A good looking, versatile and powerful horse with active paces
and stamina making it a great competition horse... more about the Holstein
A lovely looking horse with an amiable temperament and active paces that is well suited to carriage driving... more about Nonius
- Orlov Trotter
A lovely looking horse that has great speed and agility making it well suited to harness racing... more about the Orlov Trotter
There are several breeds that can be used very successfully for driving, here are some of the most popular ones that are often chosen due to their trainable nature and conformation:
- American Shetland
Varying in size the American Shetland is well muscled with a finer conformation and action than its relative the Shetland... more about the American Shetland
An small yet active pony with a willing temperament and well muscled physique... more about the Fell Pony
A compact and well built pony with active paces and a willing temperament... more about the Fjord
These beautiful chestnut ponies have active paces and well built physiques... more about Haflingers
A sure footed pony that is well built and has a kind willing temperament... more about the Highland Pony