Belgian Draft Horse

About the Breed

Belgian Drafts descend from the medieval "Great Horse" and almost all draft horses today have some Belgian in their bloodline.

Today, there are two main types of Belgian Draft Horses - American and European, but both descend from the Brabant horse. American Belgians are taller and leaner than their thick, stout European counterparts.

The American Association of Importers and Breeders of Belgian Draft Horses was founded in 1887 in order to keep track of all of the Belgians. Today, Belgians are the most popular draft horse breed in the United States.

Quick Facts

Height: 16.0 - 18.0 hands

Weight: 1600-2000 pounds

Coat Colors: Chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail (American); chestnut, roan, black, or bay (European)

Markings: Various facial and leg markings (socks, stockings, blaze, stripe, etc.)

Conformation: Short, muscular neck. Short, broad back. Straight head. Long legs with feathers.

Common Uses: Working, driving, showing, pleasure

Temperament: Kind, gentle, docile, willing

Place of Origin: Belgium

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