Breton is used for heavy draft and farm work. The breed dates
back at least four thousand years.|
Some maintain it came from Asia and others believe it comes from
smaller horses that were bred and improved by Celtic warriors on
their conquest of what is now Great Britain.
The Breton horse originated in France. It is used for heavy
draft and farm work. It stands 15 to 16 h.h. The Breton horse has a long
history with many differences in opinions. It has been said that the
breed dates back four thousand years or more to the time it was
brought into Europe by Aryans migrating from Asia. Others have said
that the breed comes from smaller horses that were bred and improved
by Celtic warriors on their conquest of what is now Great Britain.
A population of horses ridden by the Celts that were probably
descendants of the steppe horses were found in the Breton Mountains
for many years. At the time of the Crusades, these horses were bred
to Oriental stallions and mares, leading to the Bidet Breton. Two
types of Breton horses existed at the end of the Middle Ages. They
were a northern Brittany pack horse called the Sommier and the
Roussin, meaning cob, which originating from the Mountain Bidet that
is finer and more slender than the Sommier.
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