The Ardennes type draft horse is one of the basic sources of the heavy draft breeds that exist today and they are a true cold-blooded breed.
Descendant from the Solutrian horse that roamed during the Paleolithic period, the Ardennes has continued relatively unchanged since the last ice age. These animals were shaped by the land and climate as well as the needs of war. Since the days of Julius Caesar they have been used as tireless cavalry mounts.
There are stud books for the Ardennes breed in many different countries in Europe and in the UK, although they all breed similar animals and accept each others bloodlines.
Average height 15 – 16 hands
Hardy with a great deal of endurance
Very strong and able animals
Built thicker than any other draft animal
Head is heavy and broad with a straight or slightly convex profile
Ears are small and pointed
Body is broad, muscular and compact.
Legs are short and sturdy with strong joints
Feet are small for the animals size, but well made and strong
Docile and kind
Calm and tolerant disposition
Draft show horse
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