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.
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.
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