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post #11 of 31 Old 04-18-2011, 09:40 PM
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post #12 of 31 Old 04-18-2011, 11:54 PM
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If she's registered, she can only be Belgian. She also doesn't look like any 30 year old draft either. More like 15. What do her teeth say? Papers probably aren't hers.
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I will check with the owner on Thurs when I go. She really doesn't look old, but she acts it most of the time. She usualy sleeps laying down, which only the other acient horse at the rescue does. It takes her a while to get back up (unless you have a treat, then she's remarkable agile) and her joints crack a lot when she walks from arthritis. The vet says its best to keep her active, lots of riding and such, to help keep her limber.
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I too call Belgian.

I agree with what some others have said...she doesn't look 30 at all, but then again, if her previous owners always took excellent care of her, she could well be 30 and still look amazing.

But if she has papers and they are saying they were Clyde or Perch, sounds like they weren't even hers...have a vet check her teeth to access her age.
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My call is Belgian, also. That was my first impression on seeing her picture before reading the debate on her being Perch or Clydesdale. I have seen many a Belgian at Horse-pulling Competitions. I have also seen a matched pair of grey Percherons and according to my horse breed referrence Perchs are only grey or black and even though they are draft breeds they have a more refined look to them. Clydesdales don't have flaxen manes and tails, lest ways my referrence shows them having black manes and tails. I all most never claim to be 100% certain of anything, because I know at times I can be wrong.
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oh wow she's gorgeous that's for sure
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If she's down alot of the time, that would indicate low grade chronic pain. Mostly in the legs and feet. Old horses usually aren't too keen on getting down on the ground because it is too hard to get up.

Percherons and clydes do come in chestnut/sorrel but it's rather infrequent and not something breeders strive for. I've seen one black belgian as well.
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If she's down alot of the time, that would indicate low grade chronic pain. Mostly in the legs and feet. Old horses usually aren't too keen on getting down on the ground because it is too hard to get up.

Percherons and clydes do come in chestnut/sorrel but it's rather infrequent and not something breeders strive for. I've seen one black belgian as well.
A friend of mine has a matched pair of bay Belgian mares. Contrary to belief, Belgians aren't just chestnut!

I suggested a cross as her build does not say Belgian to me. They tend to be shorter and stockier then other Draft breeds. But yes if she IS purebred, she's closest to Belgian type.
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I just asked in your other thread if she could be a belgian and after reading this one it seems that is more than likely. I vote belgian.
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There's no way she's a Clyde - at least not a purebred one. She does have some feather.. but not enough for me to think she's purebred... nor does she have the right body type or head.

I also don't think she's a Perch - I've worked with quite a few, her body type isn't right for that either.

I'm not sure about being pure Belgian either, if she IS purebred that would get my vote - but at her age I don't know where the more "modern" type came from! LOL She actually reminds of two Suffolk mares I know.
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