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There are three types of the Breton coming from different districts of Brittany, each bred according to the duties it must perform. These are the Heavy Draft Breton, the Postier Breton and the Corlay or Central Mountain Breton. The Corlay Breton is derived from crosses with the Arab and Thoroughbred, and stands 14.3 to 15.1 hands. The Corlay is considered the real descendant of the ancient Breton horse. It has the same general features as the draft type but is smaller with a more dished face.

The Postier Breton has blood of the English Norfolk Trotter and Hackney that it acquired in the nineteenth century. It is strong has an attractive gait, and stands an average of 15.1 hands. It is bred mainly in central Brittany and makes a good coach horse and is capable of light farm work.

The Heavy Draft Breton is renowned for its great strength relative to its size. It is bred in the northern coastal area of Brittany. In the nineteenth century it was made larger by crosses with Ardennes and Percheron stock. The Heavy Draft stands 15.2 to 16.2 hands and has short, muscular legs

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