yes, most of the drafts listed on the first post are french. i know all of them and grew up around them
as some of you asked, they are actually still being used in famrs in france.
not all of them of course, but couple of farms , that i would call " real" farm as they continued and still do everything like it was done a long time ago. they still use drafts, hopefully and thats probably how France is keeping the same gene pool for some of these breed like the Breton,ect...
it is obviously like anywhere else, where some drafts dont have the same gene pool as it used to be, or are mainly breeding for meat
which i hate
but humans and technology have evolved, so some people prefer to follow technology rather than sticking with their own roots
like someone said, also, when european drafts like Percheron or Clydesdale are brought to USA, the gene pool is change whatsoever, and obviously the breed doesnt look like they used too.
although, the last percherons i have seen, and the ones i work with, still have some good standards like the ones i see in France.
BTW, there easy to pronounce for me
i really wish people would see how amazing draft are. ok, you might not be able to go to shows or GP jumping with them, but their great with kids, they love to work, they re just pure awesomeness to me
( not really english i know)
when i get establish, i'd rather save drafts and give them the life they deserve than getting GP selle francais or hanovrian