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lithuanian heavy draught

The formal definition of this Lithuanian draught horse was undertaken by the Society for Breeding Work and Driving Horses in 1894. Local mares were bred with Ardennes, Percheron, Brabant, and other heavy breeds. In 1923 heavy horses from the Netherlands were brought in to compensate for breed losses during World War I. herd book was issued from 1951 to 1996. The breed was confirmed as independent, with 12 lines, in 1963. The breed was further altered by the importation of stallions from Sweden in 1963, 2000, and 2001. The herd books for Lithuanian heavy horses are now issued by the Lithuanian Horse Breeders Association. Purebred Lithuanian Draughts are identified by their color, conformation, and markings. In 1964 there were 62,000 Lithuanian Heavy Draughts in Lithuania. Their numbers have since decreased, and some organizations fear their extinction.

The Lithuanian Heavy Draught is a working horse breed created in Lithuania during the 19th and 20th centuries. As of 2004, the breed constituted about 20% of the Lithuanian horse population.

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