Standing in the field, this giant Belgian draft horse looks heavy and unwieldy, but when he begins to run, his large body proves to be surprisingly speedy and graceful. In the video below, Buffalo van't Zwaluwnest prances through the field showing off his powerful legs and thick hair.
The Belgian Draft Horse is one of the most popular among breeders because of their sturdy structure, according to Belgian Corp. The typical adult Belgian Draft Horse can weigh in at more than 2,000 pounds. They are among the largest horses in the world, according to The Equinest.
Not surprisingly, the horse originated in the area now known as Belgium. Many believe this breed has a direct lineage to the "Great Horse" that was used to carry knights during times of war in the medieval period, according to The Equinest.
While Belgium Draft Horse tails are typically long and thick, the horse featured in the video below has a docked tail. This means that the owner or breeder amputated some of the tail. Breeders and owners often remove the tail to prevent the horse from tripping on their tail or getting it caught in a harness. As of 2012 Belgium law prohibits the docking of draft horse tails, according to AVMA. ( This video was shot in 1998.) As of 2012, only 10 states in the U.S. prohibit the practice of docking.
The modern Belgian Draft varies by region. In Europe, the horses are shorter and thicker. American breeders prefer taller, more muscular horses, according to The Equinest. This breed of horse ranges from grey to chestnut and black.