- Feb 2019
- Pennsylvania, US
Norman destrier was supposedly a big beast. How big it really was, or maybe how not so big, would be anyone's guess, though.
They would have been more like what is now described as a baroque body type, which is pretty light compared to the modern draft breeds (drafts generally being 16-19 hands)... those massive draft frames and heavy muscling were bred for forward pulling strength, not necessarily having the quickness and maneuverability needed by knights under saddle.
Modern “recreations” of destriers are made by crossing Friesians and Andalusians or Percherons and Andalusians. Sounds like a fun mix! Plenty of go, quick transitions, maneuverable, and very athletic/strong.