The Brabant Horse, also referred to as the Belgian Heavy Draft Horse or Brabançon, originated in Belgium in the early 17th century and was the foundation for the American Belgian. Brabant horses carried the heavily-armoured riders during medieval times and throughout history became sought after as artillery and draft horses. The studbook organization was founded in 1886
Following World War II, the European Brabant was selectively bred to be a heavier, thicker-bodied horse than its American counterpart. With the mechanization of farming, there was no need for big draft animals and many were bred just for meat. Luckily, a number of passionate breeders kept this draft breed alive and still use them for farm work, logging and fishing, while the organization works diligently to preserve this beautiful breed.
The Brabant horse is square-headed with a straight profile. These horses have pricked ears and gentle expressions. They have short but strong necks, with deep, wide chests, and well-muscled backs. Similarly, the Brabant Horse’s legs are also muscular. Their hooves are tough, round, and large.
Brabants typically stands anywhere between 16.1-17 hands. They can found in a variety of colours including chestnut, bay, black, dun, bay roan, blue roan and red roan.
The Brabant is gentle, lively, tough and brave, but also sensible. They are incredibly accommodating and obedient animals, making them hard workers.
Brabant horses can be found all around the world and are widely used for agriculture, logging, fishing, pulling sleighs and wagons, plowing and being shown in-hand and under saddle.