Comtois

Comtois:

The Comtois is a very old breed from Franche-Comte and the Jura Mountains on the border of France and Switzerland. In the 16th century, the Comtois became famous as a cavalry and artillery horse. Louis XIV used this breed in his armies as did Napoleon on his campaign into Russia.

Conformation, Colour and Characteristics: The Comtois has good qualities of endurance, hardiness ad balance. They are also good natured, easy to train and hard-working. They have short, strong legs with little feather and very muscular hindquarters. They are found in varying shades of chestnut often deepening to a dark chocolate brown. The mane and tail are by contrast, a light flaxen colour. They stand between 14.2hh and 16hh. Like all horses, they come with different characters, some steady and quiet and some have a little more spirit!

Uses: Today the Comtois is the most abundant breed of heavy horse in France. The breed is still widely used for farming and is particularly suited to hauling timber in the high pine forests of the Jura and working in the hilly vineyards of the Arbois area of eastern France. In addition, more and more Comtois are being used for leisure and lighter work each year with less emphasis on traditional draught work. For more information about the Comtois, please contact janewordsworth@btinternet.com