Closely related to the Ardennes horse and since the start of the 20th century have been bred specifically for their immense size.
The Auxois owes some of their bloodlines to the Ardennais and the two breeds are very similar in size & shape. In addition to Ardennais blood the Auxois lines contain a cross between Bourguingnon type, Percheron and Boulonnais blood.
Like many draft breeds, the Auxois was used for transportation and industry until mechanization rendered their work obsolete.
Their numbers are dangerously low today.
Average height 15.2 – 16.2 hands Strong with great endurance
Head is short with a wide forehead and small ears Neck is muscular and well-set Body is massive with wide chest and a short back Limbs are hardy and slender for their size with little feather
the Autre Que Pur Sang loosely translates to Other-Than Pure Blood and is a classification used for race horses in France that are not of pure English Thoroughbred lineage.
The AQPS is an exclusive category of racing, horses must have 75% English Thoroughbred and (if I’m reading the translation correctly) less than 5% Arab blood to participate. The rest of the bloodlines can be a mix of regional local saddle horses.
These animals are run both on flat tracks and in steeplechase races. This mix is not as swift as the English Thoroughbred, although prove to be sturdier and to possess more endurance. They often excel in obstacle races and longer distances against an open field.
This classification does not exist for hunter, jumpers or eventing, it is limited to the race track.
The Austrian Warmblood comes from Austria in an area that has long been known for creating find horseflesh (including the Kladruber & the Lipizzaner).
The foundation of the breed are the Nonius, Furioso, Arabian which created the native mare base in Austria (the Old Austria horse breeds) which were then crossed with Thoroughbred & more Arabian blood to further refine the breed in the mid 19th century.
Like many breeds of the area the end of the second World War & the rise of mechanization decimated their numbers. In 1964 an association was founded for breeding warmbloods in Austria in an attempt to retain & promote this breed.