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post #21 of 31 Old 04-23-2011, 04:56 PM
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I thought that Suffolks were shorted and stockier than that? Maybe not, how about this though, she looks like the Shire that TC posted on my thread here

Stallion for this mare?

I didn't know that Shires came in that color either.
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post #22 of 31 Old 04-23-2011, 06:00 PM
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Most are - but the two I know aren't... owner has papers on them too. (so he says)
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post #23 of 31 Old 04-23-2011, 09:48 PM
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There are quite a few Belgians in my part of Ontario, and she looks exactly like at least two Belgians I know. They seem to have various body types -- from the really heavy build to the lighter boned like this girl. I would think she's purebred Belgian.

Check out some of the horses on this breeder's site.

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I give up. I guess the two draft horses will forever remain a mystery! If I posted pictures of ALL the horses peoples heads would explode trying to figure out what they all were! ;)
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post #25 of 31 Old 04-24-2011, 12:24 AM
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She looks like a Belgian and I base this solely on my memorizing the World Book Encyclopedia's horse breed section when I was 11. (So about 37 years later I still think a Percheron is very dappled grey, a shire is a deep bay or black and of course the Belgian has that chestnut color with the white mane & tail.)
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She looks like a Belgian and I base this solely on my memorizing the World Book Encyclopedia's horse breed section when I was 11. (So about 37 years later I still think a Percheron is very dappled grey, a shire is a deep bay or black and of course the Belgian has that chestnut color with the white mane & tail.)
Unfortunately genetics change over time and with more research comes better understanding of such things.

Breeds are sometimes "forced" into allowing outcrosses in order to improve the breed and add new bloodlines... this can allow for different body types and coloring.

Within the draft breeds we've seen HUGE changes in body type, in general over the past 20-50 years. Horses are becoming leaner, taller, leggier etc... probably as their purpose shifts from a true work horse to a show horse.
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post #27 of 31 Old 04-24-2011, 12:13 PM
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I was just kidding about the color, Unicorn. I have no knowledge of draft horses but love to watch them.
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I'd say this lovely old lady is definitely a Belgian.

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post #29 of 31 Old 04-26-2011, 06:15 PM
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Smile Percheron or Clydesdale

That is definitely a beautiful Belgian.
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post #30 of 31 Old 05-02-2011, 08:39 PM
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That is a belgian or a belgian cross mostly likely. Possibly a sorrel Clyde with the build, but 100% NOT a percheron.

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