American Cream Draft Horse Breed Characteristics :
The name itself tells us exactly about the breed of horse we are going to talk about. So, it’s called “American” because it’s developed in the United States and is the only draft horse originated in the United States. Second name- “Cream”, tells us that’s the only color that is accepted to be registered as an American Cream Draft horse breed. And finally “Draft” denotes that this is a large horse bred for hard, heavy tasks such as plugging and farm labor.
Today they are also used as show and riding horses. The beginnings of this horse breed are dating from the time of a foundation mare named Old Granny, which was foaled between 1900 and 1905. At that time the breed registry still wasn’t formed. As the years passed by, while Old Granny’s colt wasn’t geld because he was so impressive, latter when he became a stallion, he sired several cream- colored foals.
In the middle of the 20th century this horse breed was finally registered. Cream-colored coat, pink skin and amber colored eyes are defining standards for this horse breed. Stallions’ average height of the American Cream Draft is around 16 to 16.3 hands and mares stand 15 to 16 hands, while their weight is 680 to 730 kg for mares and 820 or more for stallions.
American Cream draft has a refined head, which is well proportioned to body; large, wide-set, intelligent eyes, which are amber colored and makes them unique; small, expressive ears and flat nose profile. They have good sloping shoulders, short, strong back, wide chest, well-muscled hindquarters, thus are short coupled. They also have strong hooves and legs, which are set wide apart in proportion to body and their movement is free and easy. Pink skin, white mane and tail are inseparable part of this horse breed. The cream color of the breed is produced by the champagne gene.
Good looking with good nature, their temperament is reputed as calm, willing, ready to please, easy going, amiable and trustworthy. Right now they are about 500 horses in the breed, but their population number is considered critical because of a genetic disease named junctional epidermolyis bullosa (JEB) that causes newborn foals to lose large areas of skin and others abnormalities.
Introduce a beautiful mare with her foal by solving this horse puzzle game. Click mouse button on a piece of the jigsaw and drag it to a matching position. You’ll see that the foal’s eyes are almost white, which are actually blue and they are darkening as they age. Play and have fun!