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Auxois horses are closely related to Ardennes horse and havernbeen bred specifically for immense size since the start of the 20th century.

Their origins are uncertain, although some sources say thatrntheir ancestors were Burgandy horses, a heavy breed ridden by knights of the middlernages. Breeding of the modern Auxois began in the 19th century in the Cote d'Or andrnYonne regions of France. The foundation horses were Percheron, Ardennes,rnBoulonnais, and Northern Ardennais.

Auxois horses are one of the rarest French draft breeds inrnthe world. After World War II, with mechanization on the rise, the number of Auxoisrnhorses declined significantly. In fact their numbers became so low thatrnpurebred Ardennais blood was added to limit inbreeding in the breeding stock.rnBred for their extreme size, this breed didn't take hold in other countries duernto the enormous amount of food they required. They are still bred in France,rnlargely to supply the horse meat industry. Although, their numbers remain dangerouslyrnlow today.

Auxois horses are 16.3 hands high (approximates 65.2 inches) to the withers and weighs around 1,755 lbs, which is 730rnpounds heavier than the average horse breed.

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