The Sokolsky was developed in the 1900s, and has been heavily influenced by Belgian, Ardennes, Norfolk, Dole Gudbrandsdal and Anglo-Norman stock. The result of this breeding is a heavy draft horse that is not excessively large, with stamina, toughness,and good gaits.
The Sokolsky breed usually stands between 15 and 16 hands high, and is chestnut or bay. They have a slightly heavy head with a straight profile, set on a long, broad, and muscular neck. Their shoulders are well-formed and sloping, resulting in their good gaits. They tend to have deep chests, pronounced withers, a short, straight back, and a muscular, sloping croup. Their legs are strong and well-formed.