The Belgian Horse was originally known as the “Flanders Horse” after the region of origin. The Belgian stands 16.2-17 hands high. Common colors are sorrel and roan.
The Belgian has a very good temperament and trains easily. This large horse is sometimes called a “gentle giant.” It has the ability to pull tremendous weights and was historically used as a farm horse. It is still used as a working horse, mostly because of the popularity of eco-friendly agriculture and the economic crunch. The Belgian also participates in horse shows and is used for pleasure riding.
The Belgians have a high occurrence of junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB), an inherited genetic disorder that causes newborn foals to lose large areas of skin and have other abnormalities, normally resulting in euthanasia.