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Trait du Nord

Risk Level: at risk
Local Risk Level: endangered
Listed by DAD-IS
Draft horse breed from France

Informations about the rare Trait du Nord

The Trait du Nord, a breed deeply rooted in the agricultural history of northern France, stands as a testament to the region’s reliance on sturdy and powerful horses. This draft horse, with its origins intertwined with the working landscapes, exemplifies both strength and versatility.

Origin and history of the Trait du Nord

Originating from the northern regions of France, the Trait du Nord emerged during the late 19th century. Developed through selective breeding, this draft horse was specifically tailored to meet the demanding needs of agriculture, industry, and transportation in the area. The breed’s roots in the agricultural practices of northern France solidify its integral role in the region’s history and development.

Character and features of the Trait du Nord

The Trait du Nord is recognized for its robust physique, standing typically between 160 to 170 cm at the withers. Its muscular build, broad chest, and strong legs contribute to its impressive strength. Characterized by a calm and docile temperament, the Trait du Nord is known for its willingness to work, making it an ideal partner in various heavy draft tasks. Its adaptability to the diverse needs of its environment showcases the breed’s versatility.

Utilisation of the rare Trait du Nord

Traditionally, the Trait du Nord played a pivotal role in agricultural endeavors, including plowing fields, hauling heavy loads, and working in the forests of northern France. The breed’s strength and endurance made it an indispensable asset to farmers and loggers alike. In modern times, the Trait du Nord continues to contribute to sustainable agriculture and forestry practices. Additionally, its docile nature makes it a suitable choice for leisurely carriage driving and participation in cultural events.

Current situation of the rare and endangered Trait du Nord

The Trait du Nord is classified as endangered, its population has faced challenges due to changes in agricultural methods and the rise of mechanization. To address this, dedicated breed associations and enthusiasts actively engage in conservation efforts. These initiatives focus on preserving the breed’s genetic diversity, promoting responsible breeding, and raising awareness about the Trait du Nord’s historical and cultural significance.

As conservation efforts progress, the Trait du Nord remains a living link to the agricultural heritage of northern France. Its adaptability, strength, and gentle disposition continue to make it a valued and resilient breed, symbolizing the enduring connection between the region’s working landscapes and its equine companions.

Native country




Risk Level

Endangered: ca. 3.200


160-179 cm

Coat colour

Bay, black, chestnut, roan



Forgotten horse

Rare and endangered

Other names of the Trait du Nord horse

Ardennais du Nord — Ardennais de type Nord

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Trait du Nord

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Where to find the rare Trait du Nord

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Forgotten Horses Group on Facebook

This group is part of the Forgotten Horses project and aims to raise awareness of endangered horse breeds and therefore to contribute to the preservation of the diversity of horse breeds, further free living and wild horses.
The group provides information and facilitates international exchange on rare and endangered horse breeds.
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Trait du Nord Photoshooting

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Professional photography of Trait du Nord

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