Brabant

The Brabant or Brabancon is also known as the Belgian heavy draft horse, and Belgisch Trekpaard, also Cheval de trait belge: and is native to Belgium.


The breed has an ancient pedigree and dates back to Roman times, renowned for its pulling power.

It’s ancestors were warhorses known as Flanders horse and the breed had great influence in shaping and improving other breeds, such as the Clydesdale, shire, German Rhineland and the Suffolk Punch.


A true work horse with immense pulling power.

In 1887, the American Association of Importers and Breeders of Belgian heavy horses were founded in Wabash, Indiana to register and keep track of all Belgian Draught-horses.


The typical height is 16hh to 17hh (163 to 173cm). This breed has also held the world record for the tallest and the largest horses in the world.

One of the  world's largest Belgian Horse was named Brooklyn Supreme, who weighed 3,200 pounds (1,450 kg) and stood at 19.2 hands (1.98 m).

On average, the Belgian will grow to weigh slightly over 1 ton or 2,000 pounds.

They are one of the strongest of the heavy breeds, pulling tremendous weights.Built solid for hard work.


Typical coat colours are chestnut, red roan with black points.

The breed is intelligent and good-natured with a docile and willing  temperament.

It has a square head with a gentle expression, and strong short thick   crested neck.

The back is short and strong along with hindquarters.

Shoulders are very muscled and body is deep and compact.


This breed of heavy horse is still used as working animals for farm work and harness work or wagon horses.

They have also become popular as show horses, and pleasure riding horses.

This breed and other related breeds remaining in Belgium today are also desirable for horsemeat, producing a tender meat that is considered a delicacy.

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