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post #11 of 254 Old 10-09-2010, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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Maybe...just wish we had more history on him.
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post #12 of 254 Old 10-09-2010, 03:05 AM
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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.

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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.

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he's gorgeous! If he goes missing he's not at my barn. haha joking. He's a beauty!

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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.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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he's gorgeous! If he goes missing he's not at my barn. haha joking. He's a beauty!
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I'll be watchin out for you..lol
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post #17 of 254 Old 10-09-2010, 03:48 AM Thread Starter
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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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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!
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post #19 of 254 Old 10-09-2010, 03:56 AM
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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!

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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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