History of French mudflow
The breed of French mudflows, or French riding horses, has developed from several breeds since 1958, which gave it the stamina and comprehensive athleticism that its owners appreciate.
In the 19th century, French mares from Normandy with blood lines dating back to the time of William the Conqueror were crossed with purebred horses and Norfolk trotters. Many representatives of the breed were military and harness horses. Such half-breeds were found throughout France.
Only in the XX century, various types of riding horses, such as Charolais, Anglo-Norman and Vandin, were united under one name: French village.
And the years go by …
The industrial revolution and the invention of the car meant that the need for work horses decreased, but at the same time, the demand for sports horses increased, and the French village became popular.
Sel is famous for its elegance, powerful impulse and desire to cooperate, almost “dog” temper and high ability to learn.
French villages also made a great contribution to other well-known horse breeds, including Holstein (Cor de la Brière), Zangerscheide (Alme) and Oldenburg (Furioso).
Exterior and Temperament
Due to how the breed developed, and because breed standards are based on horse performance, the structure of French mudflows may be slightly different. Most horses are tall, with a wide frame, but in general, growth can reach only 15.1 palms at the withers.
However, some features of the exterior are always present in mudflows. The head is wide, the profile is straight or convex. The neck is long, like the body, and the back is straight, with powerful hind limbs. French mudflows have deep breasts with long shoulders. The legs are muscular, joints are pronounced.
Among French mudflows, horses of bay and red color are more common, a little less often – gray and black. White markings are common, especially on the lower legs.
The French village has a reputation as a fast-trained horse that will undoubtedly delight its rider. Most horses are friendly, patient and always ready to go.
Famous representatives of French mudflows
Although the seldom is known mainly as a competitive horse, it stands out in many equestrian disciplines. The representatives of this breed are universal, so I can successfully compete in all kinds of eventing competitions: in show jumping, in arena riding, and in cross country. And due to their endurance, boarding is appreciated both in driving, in vaulting and in runs.
Over the years, riders in the mudflows won prizes in various competitions. Jappeloup, who won the gold medal in individual competition and bronze in the team competition with Pierre Duran Jr. at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, is one of the most famous representatives of the breed and was immortalized in a film named after him.
Baloubet du Rouet, played by Rodrigo Pessoa (Brazil), won the gold medal in the individual competition at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the bronze medal in the team competition at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and twice became the silver medalist of the World Cup Final (in 2001 and 2003).
World Cup series champion Steve Gerda (Switzerland) won Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games in tandem with French village Nino des Buissonnets.
At the same competitions, Kamal Bahamdan from Saudi Arabia won the team bronze in competition with Noblesse des Tess. In the same year, Sandra Auffart, triathlon from Germany, won bronze in the individual standings and team gold paired with Opgun Luovo.
French villages often perform under the best riders in the world, but the village can become an excellent companion in amateur sports. Due to their light and friendly nature, the villages can be perfect for horseback riding lessons.
Mudflows are fairly simple in maintenance, but it is important to carefully monitor that they eat properly. Selam is well suited for hay, alfalfa and oats.
French villages are very social and like to be in the herd. Representatives of the breed become excellent companions and are often used as accompanying horses for thoroughbreds that participate in horse racing.
However, do not forget about the veterinary examination when buying. Since all pedigrees are freely available, interested buyers can study all pedigrees before purchase.
Initially, French mudflows could only be purchased in France, but now it can be bought all over the world, and additional studentbooks have been released in the UK and the USA. According to the French studbook, more than 7,000 foals are born each year, and artificial insemination allows you to have a foal in the mud anywhere in the world.