An unusual breed! The Brabant draft horse is the foundation horse for the American Belgian. Until about 1940, the Brabant and the American Belgian were essentially the same horse. After World War II the Brabant was bred in Europe to be thicker bodied and more drafty, with heavy feathering on the legs, while in the United States the Belgian was bred to be taller, lighter bodied and clean legged.
Ann Demeulemeester, Spring 1997 There was always punk poetry to Ann Demeulemeester’s designs, which were presented on models made up to look like Gothic Rapunzels. The simplicity of this dress belies its genius. Essentially a long T-shirt, its two inner ties give it a drape worthy of a Grecian sculpture while celebrating that “she’s come undone” deconstructed quality that was the Belgian’s signature.
Historically, it is theoretically possible the Belgian may have had ancestors who were destriers in the Middle Ages, although there is no independent evidence to support this claim. The foundation stock for the Belgian was originally known as the Brabant. Other names for essentially the same breed include the Cheval de trait Belge, Brabançon, and Belgisch Trekpaard. Img: Belgian horse or Belgian Draft horse.