The Vladimir Horse

    In the Vladimir region already from the year 1900 were used for crossbreeding, besides the English Coldbloods, also the Percherons and the heavier Belgians, even the Brabants, but the greatest influence was made by the Clydesdales, Shires and the Suffolks. From the crossbreds, with constant selectiveness and careful inbreeding, the breed was finally stabilized in the year 1947 and the new breed of the Vladimir Draft Horse was thus established.

Vladimir horse Dravtchik, bay, born 1944. Sire Granit II, Dam Gazetka. Mesurements: 160, 195, 25 cm, 735 kg.

    Balmont writes about the new breed: “The new breed of the Vladimir Draft Horse is a type of draft horse combining massiveness with slimness, good movement and energetic temperament of the lighter mares from the original local stock, which makes him suitable for the work in agriculture, city transportation and to supply the artillery for the Soviet Army. This horse is very well adopted to the local climate, living conditions and excels in his working ability.”

    In the work output tests these horses managed to pull individually over six tons loads. The stallion Granit managed to transport a load of 10.5 tons over a distance of 6,2 km on a field road.

Translated by Ludvik K Stanek a.k.a. Lee Stanek from the 1953 Special Zoo-Technique - Breeding of Horses
Published in 1953 by the Czechoslovakian Academy of Agricultural Science and certified by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Written by: MVDr Ludvik Ambroz, Frabtisek Bilek, MVDr Karel Blazek, Ing. Jaromir Dusek, Ing. Karel Hartman, Hanus Keil, pro. MVDr Emanuel Kral, Karel Kloubek, Ing. Dr. Frantisek Lerche, Ing. Dr Vaclav Michal, Ing. Dr Zdenek Munki, Ing. Vladimir Mueller, MVDr Julius Penicka, pro. MVDr Emil Pribyl, MVDr Lev Richter, prof. Ing. Dr Josef Rechta, MVDr Karel Sejkora and Ing. Dr Jindrich Steinitz.