Today’s Horse Facts: The Estonian Draft Horse

The Estonian Draft Horse is a breed that is endangered. Why?


Today’s Horse Facts: The Estonian Draft Horse


(All facts taken from the websites cited at the end of the post)

The Estonian Draft Horse is a tough little breed from Russia. It’s a fascinating little breed that stands only about 15 ½ hands high; yet, the Estonian looks much bigger because of his muscular build. Well, I don’t want to give too much away about this interesting little horse. Let’s take our quiz and see how you do:

  1. The Estonian Draft Horse originated in Estonia, formerly part of China.
  2. This horse is a cross between Estonian Native Horses and Swedish Ardennes.
  3. They were recognized as an official horse breed by the Estonian government in 1853.
  4. They were used mostly as work horses and more recently for light work in gardens although they can do heavy farm work.
  5. This breed is high-strung and hard to work with.
  6. Their predominant colors are black and bay.
  7. This breed is considered endangered.
  8. In 2009, there were only 550 of these horses registered.
  9. There are only 40 known farms that breed Estonians.
  10. The Estonian Horse Breeders Society is responsible for trying to preserve this breed.

Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:

  1. F  Estonia was formerly part of the Soviet Union.
  2. T
  3. F  They were recognized by the Estonian government in 1953.
  4. T
  5. F  They are mild-mannered and easy to work with.
  6. F  They are mostly chestnut and bay.
  7. T
  8. F  In 1991 there were only 233 Estonian Draft Horses registered.
  9. T
  10. T

To learn more about this beautiful unusual breed, visit:

Happy riding!



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One thought on “Today’s Horse Facts: The Estonian Draft Horse

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