Belgians are the most direct descendant of the Great Flemish Horse also known at the “Great Horse” of medieval times. They are the heaviest of all the draft breeds.
Currently the Brabant and American Belgian Draft are recorded in the same registry so exact numbers for Brabants are not known, but the American Brabant Association estimates there are less than 100 pure Brabants in America. This breed is lighter and taller than the Brabant or traditional type Belgian Draft and is the most populous draft horse of the U.S.
Colors include red bay, roan, bay, black, and gray. Sorrel with flaxen mane and tail most is common in the U.S. Sorrel American Belgian Drafts are preferred to have white socks and a blaze on the nose. The breed is very gentle and easy to work with and can adjust to most climates well.