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post #11 of 21 Old 08-19-2011, 10:03 PM
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I saw the first pic and automatically said Friesian. I thought the Ardennes were a heavier breed.... More drafty...

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post #12 of 21 Old 08-19-2011, 10:23 PM
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Howdy and welcome to the forum . Your boy is certainly handsome. Would it be possible to get some more pictures that show his conformation and body type just a bit better? We might be able to get a better idea then.

I would like to mention that some Belgian horses do have fairly thick feathers and long manes/tails. My mare Bessie is like that. She is more heavily feathered than some Belgians I've seen.

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post #13 of 21 Old 08-20-2011, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for all the above compliments to my boy :) yeah he is defo a beaut :) and yes I agree that he is very much like the ardennes and he is very heavy hairy boy he is unbacked and is rather shy around his back end if anything touches him from behind he shoots forward with terror we think he has perhaps been tryed to break to harness the incorrect way which has scared him, I am now at least his 7th owner in the 5 years he has been on this earth bless him, as im in England he is one of a kind in my hometown as there are a few shires but no big thicker set draughts my farrier has said he's never seen one like him in his five years, I seem to be alot more confident he is an ardennes, he is actually passported as a bay as he looks like a really really dark bay :) thankyou for all of your help and I will try to get some extra pictures for you guys x
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post #15 of 21 Old 08-21-2011, 08:34 AM
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I would also like to add that in Europe, the BRABANT is considered the Belgian... It is mostly here in America that we refer to a Brabant as a Brabant. The Ardennes and Brabant have the thicker feathering and the American Belgian usually doesn't but can have a feather. As a Belgian owner I know first hand that American Belgians do grow a thick and long mane, but a lot of owners keep it thinned and pulled or roach it off.

OP - your boy is grogeous. I would say that if he isn't full Ardennes that he is at least a cross. In Europe the Ardennes and Brabant (Belgian) come in 7 colors, black and bay being two of them.
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post #16 of 21 Old 08-21-2011, 08:52 AM
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He is so handsome!

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post #17 of 21 Old 08-21-2011, 11:15 AM
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I would also like to add that in Europe, the BRABANT is considered the Belgian... It is mostly here in America that we refer to a Brabant as a Brabant. The Ardennes and Brabant have the thicker feathering and the American Belgian usually doesn't but can have a feather. As a Belgian owner I know first hand that American Belgians do grow a thick and long mane, but a lot of owners keep it thinned and pulled or roach it off.

OP - your boy is grogeous. I would say that if he isn't full Ardennes that he is at least a cross. In Europe the Ardennes and Brabant (Belgian) come in 7 colors, black and bay being two of them.
So is it only here in America that Belgian's come in one color as well? I never would have thought Belgian because all of the ones I have seen are sorrel/flaxen chestnut in color. I've never seen a black Belgian.

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post #18 of 21 Old 08-21-2011, 11:21 AM
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Nope not a Friesian. Definitely too drafty. Pretty boy. : )

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post #19 of 21 Old 08-21-2011, 02:28 PM
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Maybe he's got some Perch in there...my boy is full Perch and has a ton of mane,tail and feather
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post #20 of 21 Old 08-22-2011, 03:14 PM
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So is it only here in America that Belgian's come in one color as well? I never would have thought Belgian because all of the ones I have seen are sorrel/flaxen chestnut in color. I've never seen a black Belgian.
Here in America, the majority of Belgians are the chestnut/sorrel with flaxen mane and tails, with some red roans thrown in there. In Europe, the Brabant (European Belgian) comes in 7 colors: black, grey, bay, bay roan, blue roan, chestnut and chestnut roan (red roan)... We have a few Brabants here in America, but they're the bay roan and blue roan variety... Heres some pictures of the black brabant stallion that I might buy a foal from. He's in Europe...





I don't think the OP's horse is full blooded Belgian/Brabant, but he very well could be a cross.
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