Lithuanian Heavy Harness Horse (The Lithuanian Heavy Draught)
Developed in the early twentieth century by crossing the native local Zhmud
mares with imported Swedish Ardennes to produce this heavy harness horse.
The Zhmud horses were known for their hardiness and endurance and coupled
with the size and strength of the Ardennes the Lithuanian Heavy Draught
makes an excellent agricultural worker. Selective breeding of third and
fourth generations were interbred and crossed to improve the standard until
in 1963 it became a registered breed.
It is a massively built, medium sized horse with great powers of traction.
Standing at between 15.1 and 15.3 h.h. The head is long with kind eyes; the
neck tends to be short; the body is deep and strong with well-muscled
sloping shoulders and a deep chest; the hindquarters are well-muscled and
powerful; the limbs are short, thick and strong with plenty of feather. It
has fast free action and a calm, equable temperament. The most common colour
is chestnut, though black, bay, grey and roan also occur.