Feb. 18, 2013
Today’s Horse Facts: The Belgian
(All facts taken from the websites cited at the end of the post)
I imagine if I would ask you if you’ve seen a Belgian, you might say no. But it’s a safe bet that if you’ve ever seen any horses working farmers’ fields or, perhaps, pulling Conestoga wagons in movies or driving buckboards in the countryside of Amish communities, you probably saw Belgians.
Do you know where Belgians originated from? Why are they called Belgians? Let’s take our quiz and see what you know about this very special breed.
Here is your ten-question T/F quiz:
- The Belgian originated in the country of Belgium as far back as the time of the Caesars.
- History tells us that Belgians were one of the most popular horses for carrying knights into battle during Medieval times.
- Belgians have a high occurrence of a genetic disorder called JEB, that can cause complications and possibly death.
- The average Belgian can weigh over a ton.
- Belgians are usually of shades of brown, but they can be black too.
- This breed is known for its strength to pull huge weights.
- The Belgian is known as a “draft” horse.
- Belgians are too big to ride.
- Belgians are known for their huge muscular necks.
- The largest Belgian on record, Brooklyn Supreme, weighed 3200 pounds and stood at 19.2 hands.
Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:
Do you realize that all the questions are true except number eight? How well do you know your Belgians? This horse breed is one of the few that I probably got the majority of the questions correct. What amazes me is that some folks like to ride these big guys. Can you imagine how your legs would feel after you finish a ride? Wow. You’d be bowlegged forever! As for me, I’d rather stick to a smaller breed for riding, but for pulling a heavy wagon, the Belgian is the horse for me.
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