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Trait du Nords are heavy draft horses developed and bred inrnFrance. Trait du Nord's ancestry includes bloodlines from the Ardennes,rnBelgian, and Boulonnais breeds, and are sometimes incorrectly referred to as arnbranch of Ardennais horses. They became recognized as a separate breed of theirrnown at the beginning of the 20th century, and the studbook for the Trait durnNord was established in 1919. Today, although they are still bred in the arearnaround Lille, in the Pas-de-Calais, the Aisne, the Somme, and the Seine-et-Marnerndepartments, they are declining in numbers.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnThey have a reputation for great pulling power andrnhardiness, as well a calm disposition. They are considered well-suited to draftrnand farm work in hilly and rough terrain. Their head is proportionally small inrnrelation to the body, with small ears, set on a short and muscular neck. Theirrnchest is broad and deep, their shoulders sloping and muscular, relatively lowrnwithers, a short back, and muscular hindquarters. Their legs are short withrnwell-formed joints, fairly large hooves, and feathering on the lower legs. Theyrnare bay or roan in color. They range in height from 15.3 to 16.1 hands high andrnweigh between 1,320 and 1,760 lbs.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnToday they are used in a variety of situations, includingrnfarm work and timber haulage, as well as recreational activities, both inrnharness pulling assorted horse-drawn vehicles, and under saddle for trekking.

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