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Auxois Horse

Country of Origin: France

Auxois Horse

Image from Gypsy Cob


The Trait Auxois or Auxois Horse is closely related to the Ardennes & has been bred specifically for their immense size since the start of the 20th century. They are one of the rarest French draft breeds in the world.

Auxois Horse

Image from Gypsy Cob


The origins of this breed are uncertain, although some sources say that their ancestors were the Burgandy horse, a heavy breed ridden by knights of the Middle Ages. Breeding of the modern Auxois began in the 19th century in the Cote d’Or & Yonne regions of France. The foundation animals were Percheron, Ardennes, Boulonnais & Northern Ardennais.

After the World Wars, with mechanization on the rise, the Auxois numbers declined significantly. In fact their numbers became so low that purebred Ardennais blood was added to limit inbreeding in the breeding stock. Bred for their extreme size, this breed didn’t take hold in other countries due to the enormous amount of food they required. They are still bred in France, largely to supply the meat industry. Although, their numbers remain dangerously low today.


Average height 15.2 – 16.2 hands
Strong with great endurance


Head is short with a wide forehead & small ears
Neck is muscular & well-set
Body is massive with wide chest & a short back
Limbs are hardy & slender for their size with little feather

Traditional Colors

chestnut | bay | roan


Calm & gentle




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