Draft Horses

Meet Our Draft Horse Teams

Billings Farm keeps three teams of draft horses on site as part of our continuing commitment to showcase traditional agricultural methods and techniques. Pulling sleighs, wagons, and plows, our horses demonstrate the strength and training that made these animals the farmer’s most valued assets.

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Jim and Joe

Aged 15 and 16 respectively, Jim and Joe are Percheron geldings that have lived at the farm since 2004. They came by way of Maine and were born on an Amish farm in Iowa. Originally dapple-gray in color, they have turned white over the years, which is common in some Percherons. Each stands 18 hands high (one “hand” is equal to four inches) and weighs about 1,800 pounds. Powerful and steady, Jim and Joe exemplify the Percheron nickname “Gentle Giants.” Both are extremely laid back and comfortable in the farm environment.

Black Draft Horses Eating Hay at Billings Farm & Museum

Lynne and Sue

Lynne and Sue are black Percheron mares, purchased from an Amish farm in Ohio in 2009. Ages 11 and 13, they each stand 17 hands and weigh about 1,700 pounds. Before coming to Billings, they worked regularly on Amish farms. Both mares are somewhat reserved, but very intelligent and well trained – graceful additions to our draft horse family.

Although teams Jim and Joe and Lynne and Sue are the same breed, their genetic backgrounds account for their size and color variations. While all Percherons are born black; over the years, some (like Jim and Joe) turn gray.

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Tom and Jerry

In 2011, Billings Farm purchased Belgian geldings Tom and Jerry from a private owner living in Maine. Although they were born 13 years ago on the same farm in the Midwest and trained together in Connecticut, they are not related. Chestnut in color with flaxen mane, both horses stand 19 hands and weigh about 2,000 pounds. Our largest team, Tom and Jerry are still considered young draft horses, which is evident by their frequent and spirited “horsing around” in the pasture.