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post #151 of 254 Old 11-01-2010, 11:36 AM
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Funny you should say that Sleepy because I had the same thought myself. I hope the OP posts confirmation pictures because that would help. I think the handsome man in question is much more cute then the breed pic you posted! However there is a strong resemblance. Whatever he is I still think he should be gelded...gelded and in my backyard! If I only had the space lol...
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i haven't read the whole thread, so sorry if this is repeated but he screamed to me as being a boulonnais? Maybe he is, they are commonly grey.

That seems to be the consensus for the most part :)
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post #153 of 254 Old 11-01-2010, 02:29 PM
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Seeing as feathering is a recessive gene I don't see him as Boulonnais. They have very little feather and he has tons of it.

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Seeing as feathering is a recessive gene I don't see him as Boulonnais. They have very little feather and he has tons of it.
True, I think you've mentioned that before but I was finally able to contact 2 breeders in europe and they said that some of their stock does have quite a bit of feather, not gypsy feather but it is not uncommon in the breed. Even lots of pictures on the net show it too. Unfortunately can't be proved anyways as there is no test to identify breed yet as I recently found out.
Appreciate all of your feedback though :)
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I agree Lonestar22. We cannot go by colour alone here. There is a Boulonnais association here..

American Boulonnais Horse Association

Since it is a French breed and there are many French in Canada, he quite well might be a B x. But he's fairly short for most Drafts and with the amount of feather he has, I'm still tending to think he might be a Gypsy x. This inasmuch as his feather (though bog-burned) seems to start high up just below the knee and hock and also at the front of the leg. This is required in the Gypsy breed. Except for Gypsies, he also has a sweeter head than almost all other Draft breeds. Something else which pushes me toward a Gypsy or Gypsy cross. We have many grey and/or white Gypsies.

If I were the owner, I'd be trying my best to start with the last owner and going back from there.

Re breeding him. Well I'm a person not in favour of breeding crossbreds or poor examples of purebreds. In the current economy, far too many wonderful responsibly bred horses are not finding homes and crossbreds have an even more difficult time. Thousands monthly, are off to the slaughter houses.

He's a sweet looking fellow and with training and his hair and feather taken care of, would make a super parade horse.

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It's looking like he might very well be a draft crossed with a draft and honestly that seems more likely then him being a rare breed.
Do you know any of his history at all? Does he have any brands or tattoos? He's distinctive looking enough where if you really dig you might be able to find out his breed.
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He is an absolutely stunning draft horse of some sort! His legs are too long and he has too much feathering for an Ardennes. He could perhaps be a mix although I have never seen an all whit Ardennes and I am originally from Sweden where this is the most common breed.

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I agree Lonestar22. We cannot go by colour alone here. There is a Boulonnais association here..

American Boulonnais Horse Association

Since it is a French breed and there are many French in Canada, he quite well might be a B x. But he's fairly short for most Drafts and with the amount of feather he has, I'm still tending to think he might be a Gypsy x. This inasmuch as his feather (though bog-burned) seems to start high up just below the knee and hock and also at the front of the leg. This is required in the Gypsy breed. Except for Gypsies, he also has a sweeter head than almost all other Draft breeds. Something else which pushes me toward a Gypsy or Gypsy cross. We have many grey and/or white Gypsies.

If I were the owner, I'd be trying my best to start with the last owner and going back from there.

Re breeding him. Well I'm a person not in favour of breeding crossbreds or poor examples of purebreds. In the current economy, far too many wonderful responsibly bred horses are not finding homes and crossbreds have an even more difficult time. Thousands monthly, are off to the slaughter houses.

He's a sweet looking fellow and with training and his hair and feather taken care of, would make a super parade horse.

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Lizzie, I actually did try to contact the American Boulonnais association weeks ago and have heard nothing back, and as far as contacting the previous owner she is a client of mine and of course I started there, problem is, he was dropped off at the meat mans place and was intended to be shipped, no chance at auction even, this is ho my client came upon him. The man he was surrendered to can offer no info on his previous owner for liability reasons, the person who dropped him off wanted him canned, he wasn't, end of story. Thank you for your feedback again :)
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Hmm. OK. Do you know where (the area) he was dropped off to the meat man? If so, a poster on local feed stores, ads in local papers, just might produce some info. You might also take his pic around to local vets, farmers, boarding facilities and farriers in that district.

If it's a fairly small country area, show local mail men his pics. Mail men often know a great deal about a community.

I once found a stolen dog via a mail man.

Trying to think of everywhere you might search here. Become your local Sherlock Holmes and you just might find clues.

It's difficult to believe someone just dropped off such a nice young horse.

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Gee I wish I was a mare after seeing this beauty Joking guys lol
I was think Boulannais as well

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