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Franche Montagne




Originating in the Jura region of Switzerland the breed was descended from the Anglo Norman stallions imported in the early 1800. They were crossed with local mares to produce a small draught horse that was active and sure-footed and ideally suited for work on the local hill farms. Later it also became popular as a military draught horse. It is possible that some half-bred English Hunter and Ardennes blood was introduced in the early days of the breed, though it has remained remarkably pure since that time.

Standing at about 15hh it is a strong, heavily built horse with a short strong back and body; powerful hind-quarters; short, strong legs and hard feet. Well adapted to the weather conditions and hillside work from where it became established, it is a good, willing workhorse, sure footed, with an amiable temperament. It may be any solid colour.



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