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The Swedish Ardennais is a heavy draft horse breed, which was created in the 19th century by Swedish breeders who crossed native draft Swedish horses with French Ardennais horses, in order to produce a draft horse which is stronger than the local horses.

Swedish Ardennais horses might look similar to French Ardennais horses, but there are some visible differences between the two. First, the eyes of the Swedish Ardennais are smaller than those of the French Ardennais. Secondly, they have less feathering than the French Ardennais. Thirdly, their build is a bit lighter than the build of their French ancestors (see 'Ardennais' breed for more info.)

Most Swedish Ardennais horses are brown or bay in color, but horses who are chestnut or black are also seen from time to time. Swedish Ardennais horses stand between 15hh and 16hh.


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