Ardennais horse breed
Ardennais horse - this is one of the oldest breeds of Heavyweights horses bred in Europe.Breed got its name from the name of the mountains on the border of France and Belgium. Archaeological excavations have shown that the ancestors of modern Ardennais horse were carried out in this area for more than 2000 years ago, in fact they are even bred at home.Even Herodotus, describing the north-eastern France in the works, calling it, though, otherwise – Northern Gaul, told of a small horse with a distinct constitution and endurance. He gave them a description of animals, reaching a height of about fifteen hands, which corresponds to a medium-sized modern type Ardennes horses. The next mention of the ancient ancestors Ardennais horse can be found in Julius Caesar.
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Ardennais horse breed is considered one of the most beautiful among Heavyweights horses, it differs versatility laxity with regard to housing and feeding, as well known for their easy temperament and amazing mobility for all its mass. Ardennais horse hardy and can easily adapt to the mountains. Until the XIX century Ardennes breed was not so massive, as up to this time it has been used not only in the harness, but also for riding. Somewhere in the 1810′s, the breed brought Arab blood, and then gradually implemented crossbreeding with Thoroughbred Horse (Thoroughbred), Boulogne (Boulonnais) rocks, as well as the Percheron (Percheron). However, these attempts to improve the breed did not end positively and were soon discontinued.
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Especially good Ardennais horse breed was evaluated during the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars and in the War of 1812. In addition, even in the First World, this breed is also actively used in artillery.When after the war increased the needs of agriculture, had launched a new, heavy type Ardennais horse, whose representatives we are basically now see. But there is also a small, more light, the type of the breed.
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In Russia, the Ardennais horse appeared only at the end of XIX century and was used mostly for breeding new species: the Baltic Ardennes, Ardennes Swedish, Russian heavy truck (Russian heavy draft).Height modern Ardennes horses varies between 152 and 162 centimeters. Coat breed can be very diverse: red-roan, raven-gray, brown, dark red. Valid considered dark bay, Nightingale, but the Ardennais horse raven and gray dapple categorically unacceptable.
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In Ardennais horse straight profile, low and flat forehead, pointed ears and large head with large eyes and wide, open nostrils, medium length neck with beautiful curves, strong shoulders and massive body with a fairly short back. The Ardennais horse limbs are well muscled, proportionate and strong.