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Irish Draught

Rupert is a 13 year old, Irish Draught Horse, who was rescued by the World Horse Welfare Charity and has come to live his retirement years here at Church Farm.

The Irish Draught is is the national horse of Ireland and was primarily used or farming. They date back to the 18th century. It is believed that the breed was developed when the Common Irish Hobby horse was bred with the Anglo Norman War Horse. Hence the slender build but strong legs.

The Irish Draught will often live into their 30’s and, although mainly used for driving, can make good riding horses. When crossed with a thoroughbred, they produced an Irish Sport horse, competing at elite levels of eventing and showjumping.

They are considered one of the Warmblood breeds of horses, which are often sensible and intelligent.