Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Possibly Boulonnais/Boulonnais Cross Gelding -- What Do You Think?
My family owns a beautiful 18.2 hh draft gelding who was sold to us as an unpapered Percheron cross.
Recently, though, I was flipping through a book of breeds and saw a photo of a Boulonnais. It looked so much like Big Jim (our gelding) that I did a web search and found the American Boulonnais website, among others. The descriptions match him so well, both in physique and temperament, except for the fact that he is larger than the breed average. For the record, he is sweet and gentle, but also quite bright, fast and agile. People assume he is "slow" in all senses of the word because of his size, but they change their minds when they see him run.
It seems there is no way for me to confirm that Big Jim is, in fact, a Boulonnais or Boulonnais cross, which is too bad. He is very much admired by everyone who sees him, and the third question after "Oh, he's so big!" and "Oh, he's so beautiful!" is always "What breed is he?"
However, I'd love to hear from anyone in the know, whether you think he is indeed a Boulonnais/Boulonnais cross.
We purchased him from Florida, so I thought it might just be possible that he came from the American Boulonnais Association's Georgia breeding farm. I emailed them, but the email address I got from their website doesn't work. My email bounced back.
Attached are a few of the better photos I have of him, in summer and winter coat. He does have some feathering on the back of his legs, but it is not heavy. His tail was already docked when we got him. :(
Either way, thanks for looking. =)