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post #1 of 21 Old 08-19-2011, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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new to the site... like my boy?? x

hi all im new to the forum :)i have a draught horse called sam was sold to me as an ardennes not sure if he is .... I think he is more of a belgium draught what do you guys think??





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post #2 of 21 Old 08-19-2011, 06:19 PM
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From the pic of him moving (I see quite a lot of feathering and belgians don't have feathering...at least not that much) and how much mane he has, I'd say he's not a belgian draft. He's also not bulky enough to be a belgian. I'd say whoever sold him to you as an Ardennes was spot on.

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From the pic of him moving (I see quite a lot of feathering and belgians don't have feathering...at least not that much) and how much mane he has, I'd say he's not a belgian draft. He's also not bulky enough to be a belgian. I'd say whoever sold him to you as an Ardennes was spot on.
yeaah well I was told from a friend that the breeds are basically the same only a hieght difference :S but I read that in britain we cannot register ardennes as there is no stud book for them however he is registered as a gypsy cob... very large hahaa :) as you can see from the picture of him with my 16.2 thoroughbred he is very large for a "cob"
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If you look up Ardennes and Belgian drafts, they look NOTHING alike...except maybe general build. I used to know a lady who owned three belgians. They had minimal feathering and their manes and tails were rather short (and never trimmed...they just grew that way).

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hiyaa yeaah I have been trying to find pictures and info of ardens but tbh I just can't find much hence me joining the site hehe it was more info from other people saying he wasnt ardennes as tbh I don't really care what he is I love him for him, not his breed id love him the same if he was purple with green spots I would be worried but still love him hahaa :) x
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Ardennes: Ardennes horse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Belgian draft: Belgian (horse) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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hi I have seen these pages before and the ardennes stallion pictured is very alike sam only the page says that they are 15-16 hh only, he's 16.3/17 hh and is black/very dark bay not sure if you could call him bay? :S however I do agree that he is most like an ardennes with only a few things out of character for example he is very compact with a good structure and his hocks are like footballs :) and his fetlocks are rather feathery which would indicate he has ardennes in him :) xx
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He could also be a cross. To me, he looks just like the Ardennes stallion pictured...except black and maybe a little lighter in overall structure. In the article, it says blacks are rare, which leads me to believe he might be a cross of some sort. Maybe crossed with a friesian to get the black, the height, and the general lightness compared to the full Ardennes?

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Welcome to the forum, samson! Honestly, he looks exactly like an Ardennes to me. All breeds have variations; for example, you see gigantic, powerfully built quarter horses like this one:



And then you see lighter, more refined quarter horses such as this one:



The same goes for all breeds. You get lighter, heavier, more or less athletic, prettier, uglier, friendlier, and more aggressive horses in all breeds, including the Ardennes. Your boy (who is very cute, by the way) is probably an Ardennes, as the previous owner told you. You are very lucky to have him... personally, I've never seen an Ardennes in the flesh!! Also, he may have just not been registered into the Ardennes studbook because of his out-of-the-ordinary qualities.

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Can't help with his breed but he sure is handsome!! Also welcome to the forum!

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