The International Drum Horse by any standards, is the "Gold Seal" of Drum Horses!
You might think the statement above is a little strange, but please let me explain. First, let us tackle what is a Drum Horse? A Drum Horse by working definition is a heavy colored horse used by the Household Cavalry to carry a rider, ceremonial clothing and 2 very heavy sterling silver kettle drums used in official military ceremonies. The horse is guided simply by the legs and feet of the skilled rider. As you can see, it is more a job description than a breed. These beautiful horses have a mottled heritage containing Shire, Clydesdale and Gypsy Horse. There is zero Friesian blood in the mix, only heavy, even tempered "coldblooded" feathered horses.
Then enter stage left...the American influence. Once these amazing creatures hit American shores, there was an evolution of sorts. Americans decided we could "improve" on the previous model by the addition of flash and warmer blooded horses. The first registry to solidify this "New and Improved" Drum Horse was/is the Gypsy Cob and Drum Horse Association. They register horses with a combination of Shire, Clydesdale, Gypsy and Friesian blood. The resulting offspring must maintain at least 1/8 gypsy blood. Are most of these horses striking, you bet they are.
Are they Drum Horses...well that is a matter of opinion!
The International Drum Horse Association, our registry of choice, was founded on the principle that a Drum Horse should first and foremost be just that. The International Drum Horse is exactly as the Household Cavalry intended it to be. It is a colored (some are solid) "coldblooded" feathered horse of even temperament.
You might ask, "What can I Do with one?" Almost anything! These beautiful majestic horses can be ridden in multiple disciplines, they can be driven for pleasure and competition, they make amazing mounted patrol horses, and the perfect trail companion to tell your dreams to.
Come for a visit with an International Drum Horse and you will be hooked for LIFE!
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