Also known as “great horses”, the Destrier was the heavier-boned type of horse that was bred in the middle ages to be hot headed and dangerous in battle.
Contrary to what many people seem to believe, the medieval war horse was generally only 15.2 hands high and 1300 pounds. (Today’s heavy draft horse averages 18 hands and 2500 pounds.) They were able to move faster than a modern heavy horse and were common on the battlefield and in tournaments. The Destrier had a violent, hot-blooded temperament; they would generally attack other horses.