Although farming is now done with machinery (except on remote hill farms), the Swedish Ardennes is still popular as a cart horse; it is also used for hauling timber in mountain areas inaccessible by machinery. Despite the increasing mechanization of agriculture and forestry, the Swedish Ardennes still makes up the largest proportion of Sweden's registered purebred stallions. Img: Swedish Ardennes gelding Lincon
History of the Ardennes horse breed reaches back to Ancient Rome, and throughout the years blood from several other breeds has been added to the Ardennes, although only the Belgian breed had any significant impact.
Suffolk Punch, a heavy draft horse from England, always chestnut in color. The breed almost died out in the mid to late century as work horses were not required, but rare breed registries are working to increase its very low numbers.