of the Comtois describes a draft horse with a large head, alert eyes
ears. A straight neck joins the body, which is stocky and powerful
with a deep girth. The back is
long and straight. They have short, strong legs with little feather
and muscular hindquarters. The
mane and tail are both thick.
They are found in varying shades of chestnut, known in French as Alezan,
often deepening to a
dark chocolate brown or bay. The mane and tail are by contrast a light
flaxen and they stand
between 14.2 and 16 hands high. They have a very kind nature and an
ability to learn very quickly.
Like all horses they come with different characters, some are steady
and quiet and some have
a little more spirit!! So, it’s easy to say that there’s
a Comtois to suit everyone.
Today the Comtois is the most abundant breed of heavy horse in France;
there are approximately
850 stallions covering 13,000 mares each year and the emphasis of
breeding is gradually
changing. Many more Comtois are now being used for leisure and lighter
work each year, with
less emphasis on traditional draft work. Breeders and owner alike
are realizing how much fun
they can have with a breed that is quick to learn, flexible to work
and always wants to please.