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Belgian Ardennes




A heavily built draught ancient horse, developed in the mountainous region on the French Belgian borders. It was once thought to be the same breed as the French Ardennais, but though there are great similarities, they have gone their own separate ways and the Belgian Ardennes is registered with the Royal Belgian Heavy Draught Society as a separate breed. Brabant or Belgian Heavy Draught blood was introduced to the breed in the last century.

The Belgian Ardennes stands at about 15.3h.h and is usually bay, roan or chestnut in colour. A compact and heavily built horse well suited to hill work ; it has an attractive head for a heavy horse with a wide brow, wide-set, kind eyes and expressive ears; the neck is strong and thick with a heavy crest; the shoulders are powerful, well muscled and sloping; the chest is deep, muscular and broad; the back is short and strong; the body is wide and deep; the quarters are massive and extremely powerful; the limbs are thick, strong and short with plenty of feather. It has an exceptionally gentle temperament and is a willing workhorse.



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