Sugarbush Draft Horse Registry

Dedicated to Preserving one of the last American Draft Horse breeds
Breed Standard

15.2 h.h. to 16.2 h.h. but height should not disqualify an otherwise good example of "type"


Any base color is acceptable with LP pattern or characteristics being common but not required if the horse meets all the other requirements, including bloodline.  Tobiano and Frame (Overo Lethal White) are prohibited.

Head and Neck:

The head characteristic of the breed should be bold and not too small with a profile that is flat or slightly convex..  It should be well carried on a long proportionate neck.  The neck should be 1.3 to 1.5 times the length of the head, as measured from poll to muzzle (head) and poll to the point of the withers (neck). 


The body should be wide and deep.  The back should be of moderate length in proportion to the overall size of the horse, and should be strong with muscular loins. The shoulders should be sloping, deep and muscular. The quarters should be level, powerful, long and oval, the tail springing well from the quarters, set neither high, nor low.  The back should be approximately 35% of the horse's total body length, with ranges from 33% to 40% being currently seen in the breed.  The shoulder should be between 45 and 48 degrees from the horizontal, as measured from the point of shoulder to the withers.  The hip should fall in a more shallow angle then the shoulder, and when measured from the wing of the pelvis to the point of buttocks should be equivilant to the length of the scapula.


Eyes should be large, well set and kindly in expression.


The ears tend to be large and fine.

The Limbs:

Arms, thighs and gaskins should be muscular.   The forelegs should be between 1.2 and 1.3 times the width of the horse's body, as measured from with
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ers to elbow, and elbow to the hairline of the hoof.  The hind legs should be between 1.3 and 1.5 times the width of the hip, as measured from the point of croup to the stifle, and from the stifle to the hairline at the hoof.  The lower legs should be dry and tight, with out excessive padding or skin.

The knees and hocks should be large and well closed.  There should be 9" upwards of good flat bone below the knee measured at the nearest point on a tight tape. 

The pasterns should be strong and sloping.  The pasterns should be between 50% and 75% of the length of the cannon bone, and at an angle matching that of the horse's shoulder.

The Feet:

Hooves should be large, well balanced to the size of bone in the leg, and have an angle complimentary to the angle of pastern.  Hooves can be either dark, light, or a combination of dark and light pigmented.  Feet that are shallow or narrow are undesirable.

The Action:

Action must be true, straight and free.  High action is not characteristic of the breed, but expressive motion is desired. The horse will move freely from the shoulder and will flex his knees and hocks sufficiently.  The action required is free all round, ground covering, and has some degree of suspension.