The drum horse makes a great heavy riding horse that has proven to be both a versatile and athletic mount. They are a relatively new breed to the US, but they have a rather distinguished history.
Drum horses were originally used by the Queen of England for her ceremonial band. The animals had to be large and sturdy enough to carry large kettle drums during any type of pageantry.
This meant that they were required to carry a great deal of weight through crowds of people. The mounted drummers needed their hands free to play, so they controlled their animals via reins attached to their stirrups.
The drum is an elegant heavy horse breed that utilizes the finest examples of the shire, clydesdale and gypsy cob breeds.
In the US the drum horses are favored more as riding & competition horses, both mounted and driving. They make sturdy, athletic mounts with a level head.
Average height 16 hands and larger
Strong and forward movement
Gaits well balanced and even
Head attractive and well-proportioned
Eyes expressive and kind
Both convex and concave profiles acceptable
Neck is long and well muscled
Mane is abundant
Chest is deep and broad
Barrel is well-rounded with long well-set ribs
Legs straight and clean
Hooves are large with open heels
Feathering is required of the breed and should begin above the fetlock joint and cover the hoof
Willing & sensible partner
Athletic and bold
General riding horse