Belgian Ardennnes Horse : Belgian Draft Horses-Horse logging Originated in the Ardennes Mountains bordering Belgium & France but distinctly different from both the French & Swedish version of the breed Thought to have been bred in the Ardennes plateau for around 2000 years, considered one of the oldest draft breeds & valued by Napoleon as heavy war mounts.
The Belgian Draft Horse is descended from the war horse of the Middle Ages. Its location of origin is Brabant, in what is now Belgium. Belgians, as the breed is known in America, differ slightly from its European ancestor the Brabant.
The Belgian draft horse was developed in the fertile pastures of Belgium. In 1866, the first Belgian arrived on American soil. In 1885 men in Wabash, Ind., started a business importing Belgian stallions and selling them to horse breeders throughout the Midwest.