The Coldblood Types of Horses

The coldblood breeds are huge, calm and very gentle hores. They have been around for thousands of years. Some of them carried the knights into battle.

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Coldblood breeds of horses are large, heavy and very strong.  Many of them have been around for thousands of years.  They were bred for farm work and pulling heavy loads.  Coldblood horses are calm and gentle.

The Ardennais is a heavy draft horse that was bred in the Ardennes region, on the borders of France and Belgium, for hundreds of years.  They are probably descended from the medieval war-horse.  In the 1800s the Ardennais developed into two main types.  They were the massive farm horse and the lightweight horse.

The Boulonnais comes from the area around Boulogne in northeast France.  There were two types of Boulonnais bred.  They were the heavy farm horse and the other was a lighter, faster horse called a mareyeur.  This horse was used to transport fish from the coast of France.

The Boulonnais is such an elegant looking horse because of their Arabian and Barb ancestors.  They are usually gray but can be black, roan, bay or chestnut.  They are a large horse standing 16 to 17 hands.  They can move faster than most heavy horses.

The Percheron is a powerful breed that comes from La Perche, in northern France.  Its ancestors carried knights who wore heavy armor.  In the 1700s the Percheron was crossed with the Arabian, and this gave it a greater quality and better action. These horses do not have feathers on their legs which was a great advantage for them working in the fields.

On of the tallest horse that ever lived was a Percheron who was said to be 21 hands tall.  They are more elegant in appearance, lower action, and have a finer head than most heavy breeds because of their Arabian blood.

The Suffolk is often called the Suffolk Punch and it is the most purebred of all the Great Britain’s heavy horses.  All Suffolk’s are descended from one stallion called the Horse of Ufford, who was born in 1768.  The Suffolk is stocky, with short legs, and is always a chestnut.  Some Suffolk’s are used for farm work but most of them are seen in the show ring.

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