THE SARVONIAN HEAVY HORSE (DRAUGHT HORSE)

APPEARANCE - SPECIAL ABILITIES - TERRITORY
HABITAT/BEHAVIOUR - DIET - MATING - USAGES

The Sarvonian Heavy Horse is one of the larger horses of Caelereth, nearly approaching the immense Kuglimz war horse, the Kev'lor, in height and overall body mass. There are two main varieties, the Northern and the Southern Draught Horses.

Appearance. The Northern Draught Horse is basically a cross between the Kev'lor and the wild Tirpan. It was first developed by a Kuglimz clan that experimented with putting Tirpan or part-Tirpan stallions to full Kev'lor mares. The offspring of such a cross would frequently retain some of its dam’s great size but with the increased bulk of its sire’s heavily muscled build, and the gentle nature of both. However, the tribe found that these beasts tended to lack the spirit and the speed of their lovely Kev'lor animals and so were less successful as warhorses. Eventually they sold these animals to the settled peoples in the northern lands as work horses and the breed became solidly established.

Special Abilities. Draught Horses - as the name already implies - are used mainly in the agriculture for ploughing and dragging carts and heavy objects. Return to the top

Territory. Northern Draught Horses are found wherever there is agriculture in Northern Sarvonia, from the Celeste Lowlands to the Kanapan peninsula. They are not usually found in the Icelands however, as there is not much need for a heavy horse there.

Southern Draughts are found everywhere in the south from Nyermersys to about Bardavos. They are a much more affordable animal than the Centoraurian or Rusik horse and very popular with the commoners.
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Habitat/Behaviour. Not found in the wild, Draught Horses are usually kept singly or in pairs. Sociable like all
horses, they will often befriend a farm cat or dog and it is not uncommon to see one nestled in the animal’s manger while the big horse carefully eats around his little friend, or snuggled against the horse's side for warmth in the winter. Some horses have even befriended taenish hens and the sight of a hen and her chicks, happily pecking around the big hairy feet while the gentle giant stands completely immobile so as not to disturb them, is absolutely delightful. Return to the top

Diet. The Northern horse is mostly fed on alth’ho grasses and various combinations of grains and hay. Southern horses have a more varied diet, depending on where they live but eat primarily grasses, grains and leafy shrubs.
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Mating. Due to the Tirpan nd
Kev'lor in their ancestry, the Draught Horse’s mating behaviours tend to be rather fierce and can be dangerous to the people involved. To mate two beasts with the least amount of violence, the mare's hind feet are often loosely hobbled and she is led into a special stall, too narrow to turn around completely, and tied at the front so she cannot back out either. The stallion is brought in behind her and things usually progress very quickly from there, though it is often a noisy, aggressive encounter. Return to the top

Usages. Primarily a working animal, the Sarvonian Heavy Horse is also used for meat and milk production, though this is more common in the northlands where there are less cattle. The nomadic tribes generally do not eat horsemeat, but there is quite a market for the smoked horseflesh, as it is usually eaten, among the more settled folk. The mares' rich creamy milk makes a delicious, sweet, light-flavoured cheese, which is very popular. The Southern Draught is also a popular riding beast for those who cannot afford the more expensive types. Where the beasts are used for meat, the tails are much in demand as decorative accessories (dress helmet plumes, or tent pole "tassels", for example) and the hides are used for heavy clothing, especially among labourers.
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