Photos and informations about the rare American Cream breed, Forgotten Horses a photographic project about endangered equines by The Pixel Nomad

American Cream

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: critical
Listed by DAD-IS
Draft horse breed from USA

Informations about the rare American Cream

The American Cream Draft is the only draft horse breed developed in the United States that is still in existence. Known for its distinctive cream color and amber eyes, this breed stands out for its beauty and strength. Originating in the early 20th century, the American Cream Draft is celebrated for its calm demeanor and strong work ethic, making it a versatile horse for farming, show, and recreational purposes.

Origin and history of the American Cream

The breed’s foundation mare, a draft horse named Old Granny, was born in Iowa in the early 1900s. Her unique cream color, which is attributed to the champagne gene, became the hallmark of the breed. The American Cream Draft Horse Association was formed in 1944 to preserve and promote the breed. Despite a decline in numbers with the mechanization of agriculture, dedicated breeding efforts have helped maintain the breed.

Character and features of the American Cream

American Cream Draft horses are known for their medium to large size, standing approximately 160 to 165 cm tall. They possess a muscular build, with a broad chest and powerful hindquarters. Their coat color ranges from a light to a rich cream, with a white mane and tail, and their skin is pink, with amber or hazel eyes. These horses are praised for their intelligence, willingness to work, and gentle nature.

Utilisation of the rare American Cream

Originally bred for agricultural work, today, the American Cream Draft is used in a variety of roles including parades, show competitions, and as riding horses. They are also valued for their ability to perform in harness and under saddle, showcasing their versatility and gentle temperament.

Current situation of the rare and endangered American Cream

The American Cream Draft is considered a rare breed, with the population experiencing a decline in the mid-20th century. However, efforts by breeders and the American Cream Draft Horse Association have focused on increasing their numbers and genetic diversity. The breed is listed as critically endangered by the Livestock Conservancy, and conservation efforts are ongoing to ensure its survival and growth. These include promoting the breed’s versatility, implementing breeding programs to expand the genetic pool, and increasing public awareness of the breed’s unique characteristics and history.

Native country




Risk Level

Critical: ca. 500


152-173 cm

Coat colour

Chestnut, Creme, Palomino


The Livestock Conservancy

Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Other names of the American Cream horse

American Cream Draft

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American Cream

All my pictures of rare and endangered horses can be licensed for private, editorial and commercial usage, and ordered as Fine Art Print as well. In addition, the albums only show a part of my large archive. Contact me directly if you don’t find what you are looking for.

Where to find the rare American Cream

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Forgotten Horses Group on Facebook

This group is part of the Forgotten Horses project and aims to raise awareness of endangered horse breeds and therefore to contribute to the preservation of the diversity of horse breeds, further free living and wild horses.
The group provides information and facilitates international exchange on rare and endangered horse breeds.
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American Cream Photoshooting

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Professional photography of American Cream

Are you looking for professional photos of rare and endangered horse breeds? You will find a small selection of my pictures in the breed posts, however you may ask for more specific photos directly. In short, all my pictures can be licensed for private, editorial and commercial usage.


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