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        10-09-2010, 02:00 AM
      #11
    Foal
    Maybe...just wish we had more history on him.
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        10-09-2010, 02:05 AM
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    Green Broke
    I bet that's exactly what it was. Because of his color he was deemed less than adequate. Which is a shame. As long as you don't mind him not being registered or his foals.

    I think he's a fine looking specimen. Some of those draft breeds are super specific about color and I can understand why. And they are not very prevalent in the U.S. Or Canada which makes it doubly cool.

    UC Davis does genetic testing:

    Horse Tests

    It may be that he isn't all Ardennais (that's the spelling in my book) and has some other in him which might have been another reason other than color someone decided not to keep him. It's too bad, because he's a fine looking horse.
         
        10-09-2010, 02:12 AM
      #13
    Started
    He's gorgeous! If he goes missing he's not at my barn. Haha joking. He's a beauty!
         
        10-09-2010, 02:12 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I bet you could contact the French Horse site, send the pictures and get more information directly from them:

    The French Horse - Ardennes Draft Horse Breed

    I think this is what replaced the previous French Draft Horse Association - that group no longer seems to be a group.
         
        10-09-2010, 02:44 AM
      #15
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by drafts4ever    
    he's gorgeous! If he goes missing he's not at my barn. Haha joking. He's a beauty!
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        10-09-2010, 02:45 AM
      #16
    Foal
    I'll be watchin out for you..lol
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        10-09-2010, 02:48 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Thank you Solon! You are a wealth of knowledge! I will do that for sure. I've never joined a forum before, this has already been a great experience. I appreciate your advise so much!
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        10-09-2010, 02:53 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    They allow Steel Gray, but not Black Dappled Gray? Would they not both be different expressions of the exact same genes? They both end up the same colour (your boy's colour) later on in life.
    He is GORGEOUS!
         
        10-09-2010, 02:56 AM
      #19
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Tralauney    
    Thank you Solon! You are a wealth of knowledge! I will do that for sure. I've never joined a forum before, this has already been a great experience. I appreciate your advise so much!
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    No problem! I can't wait to hear more about him!
         
        10-09-2010, 02:58 AM
      #20
    Started
    I also go with taking a blood sample and having him DNA tested. I have heard that some of the rare breeds have a DNA database to help with breeding, identifying ect. Its definitely worth a shot. I also know someone years ago that found a horse at a killer auction, and ended up finding out that it was a rare breed of horse, and registered, had been someone's broodmare at one point, though she didn't look like much when she got her unfortunately. She ended up being an awesome horse, and I really wish that I could remember what breed she was. He is absolutely gorgeous, and I wouldn't geld him, especially if is is an Ardennes, color aside, the breed is already rare, and why take a potential great specimen out of the gene pool just because of color. Hope you have fun with him.
         

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