Belgian horses are descended from the Great Flemish Horse, also known as the “Great Horse” of medieval times. They are the heaviest of all the draft breeds.
Until recently, the Brabant and American Belgian were recorded in the same registry. However, the American Belgian is lighter and taller than the Brabant or traditional type Belgian Draft and is the most populous draft horse of the United States.
Colors include red bay, roan, bay, black, and gray. Sorrel with flaxen mane and tail most is common in the United States. Sorrel American Belgian Drafts are preferred to have white socks and a blaze on the nose. Belgians generally stand between 16-18 hands. The breed is very gentle and easy to work with and can adjust to most climates well.