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Ardennes Horse

Country of Origin: Belgium

Ardennes Horse


The Ardennes type draft horse is one of the basic foundations of all heavy draft breeds that exist today & they are a true cold-blooded breed.


Descendant from the Solutrian horse that roamed the Ardennes area during the Paleolithic period, the breed has continued relatively unchanged since the last ice age. These animals were originally shaped by the land & climate, until mankind began to use/ develop them for war. Since the days of Julius Caesar they have been used as tireless mounts in a variety of wars & warfare tactics – right into the World Wars of the 20th century.

Modern Ardennes

Today there are stud books for the Ardennes breed in many different countries throughout Europe & the UK, although they all breed similar animals & accept each others bloodlines.

Ardennes Horse


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
Feathered fetlocks

Traditional Colors

chestnut | grey | bay | roan | palomino
Black is very rare and not allowed to register


Docile and kind
Calm and tolerant disposition


Draft show horse
Farm work

Ardennes Horse Products

Helpful Links

Stud-Book du Cheval de Trait Ardennais


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