Today’s Horse Facts: the Ardennes

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Do you have any idea what the Ardennes are? If I didn’t already know what they are, I would think it’s some kind of mountain range in Argentina. But…the Ardennes  is one of the oldest breeds of draft horse, and originates from the Ardennes area in BelgiumLuxembourg and France. They are heavy-boned with thick legs and are used for draft work. The horses have been used throughout history as war horses. They also have  been used to influence or to create several other horse breeds throughout Europe and Asia. Let’s see how you do in today’s T/F quiz:

  1. The average Ardennes weighs 1,500 to 2,200 pounds.
  2. The common uses of Ardennes horses are work, endurance riding, and general riding.
  3. The common colors of Ardennes horse are bay, chestnut, gray, palomino, and black.
  4. A common Ardennes stallion is about 64 inches tall.
  5. Because of their size, Ardennes are expensive to feed.
  6. The Ardennes are very gentle and kind creatures.
  7. The Ardennes is moderately taller than the average for all Horse Breeds.
  8. The Ardennes is much heavier than the average horse.
  9. The first Ardennes breed registry was established in the United States in 1929.

10.  Although the Ardennes is a compact horse, it has a long stride.

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Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are an Ardennes horse expert! Here are the answers:

  1. T
  2. T
  3. F   Common Ardennes horse colors are bay, chestnut, gray, palomino, and roan. Black Ardennes are very rare and cannot be registered.
  4. T
  5. F   Despite their size, Ardennes are very inexpensive to feed.
  6. T
  7. T
  8. T
  9. F   The first Ardennes breed registry was established in Europe in 1929.
  10.    T

Well, do you know your horse facts about Ardennes horses? If you want to learn more, look up these other websites for you to check up on additional facts about the beautiful Ardennes horse breed:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardennes_horse

http://www.ponynhorse.com/breed/Ardennes%20Horse.html

http://horse-breeds.findthebest.com/l/80/Ardennes

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

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