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The Brabant (also known as the Belgian Heavy Draft, Belgian Draught Horse, European Belgian, Brabant Belgian, Cheval de Trait Belge, Brabancon, Belgisch Trekpaard) is a Belgian heavy draft breed named after the Brabant region in Belgium, from which it originated.

The Brabant is believed to be a descendant of the Great Horses (also known as 'Flemish Horses' and 'Destriers') that lived in Belgium. During the 17th century, Belgian farmers bred them into a stronger breed: the Brabant.

After World War II, some Brabant horses were imported to the US, and were bred to have a taller and lighter conformation than their Brabant ancestors (see the 'American Belgian' breed). Meanwhile, in Europe, Brabant horses were bred to have a wider and more muscular build, with heavier feathering.

Since the beginning of the 21st century, European Brabants were imported to the US in order to re-establish the Brabant breed in this country. Today, these Brabant horses are bred to maintain their heavier, "European" conformation, except for their legs which have less feathering.

Today, Brabant horses are used for farm and forestry work, as well as for driving. Their temperament is considered to be more energetic than other cold-blooded breeds, but their overall attitude is still calm, level-headed, and willing.

Brabant horses come in the colors of bay, chestnut, and, more rarely, black and grey. They often have a roan coat as well. Brabant horses stand between 15.2hh and 17hh.


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