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About Belgian Draft Horses

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The Belgian Draft Horse is a direct decendant of the European Great Horse who wore armor and carried the knights in full armor during battles in the Middle Ages. Size and strength were essential to their work which also included carrying all the supples for war. It's easy to see why they are best suited to pulling carriages.

Flanders was the breeding center for the European Great Horse and those from this region are now known as Belgian Draft Horses. William the Conqueror brought the Great Horses when he invaded England and they were mated to a horse that was left there previously by the Romans. Through selective breeding, this ultimately became the Clydesdale. In France, the European Great Horses were crossed with lighter breeds to become the Percheron. On the continent, the Flemish Great Horses became the Belgians who often exceed 2,200 pounds.

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The word "draft" comes from a verb meaning "to pull." It also refers to the section of the horse beneath the collar which bears most of the weight. Belgians are the heaviest and strongest of the modern draft breeds and they carry their bulk well on very thick legs. While they compete well in the show ring, they are more successful than any other breed in heavyweight pulling contests like our prize-winning Indy (left) pulling concrete blocks at the Michigan State Championship in Hastings. 
   

Old Towne Carriage Company ~ P.O. Box 1317 ~ Fernandina Beach ~ Florida ~ 32035 ~ Phone: 904-277-1555