Brawny Belgians -- Beautiful Burden Bearers
In Europe in a little country named Belgium there is an artifact with an ancient and entreating history. This artifact is the beautiful, sturdy Belgian Heavy Draft.
The Belgian Heavy Draft was known as the Flanders Horse during the medieval times. This particular horse played an important role in the development of other heavy draft breeds like the Clydesdale, the Shire, the Suffolk Punch, and it might have lent some influence to the Irish Draft and the Dutch Draft. Belgians were raised with the intentions of pulling heavy loads and doing plenty of hard work which required strong horses. Tractors were, as yet, in the distant future and the farmers needed powerful and¹docile farm horses.
Practically all Belgians are gentle and mild mannered. In their native country the Belgians labored at the docks and in the factories. When the Belgian came to
By 1870 there were three main bloodlines with specific conformational differences. Orange 1 is the leader of the three groups. He was the forefather of the particularly massive bay horses of the well titled line Gros de la Dendre. Bayard is the stallion that founded the line Gris du Hainaut that had the gray, dun, and sorrel or red roan coloring. A bay horse named Jean 1 founded the third
One of the world’s tallest horses is an American Belgian named Radar. Radar is owned by Priefert Ranch & Equipment in
For an eye-catching, historic draft team pick the Belgian Heavy Draft. These draft horses are the popular choice of many show people and farmers in the world.