The Comtois horse breed is an old breed of horse that is believed to have descended from horses brought by the Burgundians of northern Germany to France. They were bred at the Franche-Comté and in the Jura Mountains. In the sixteenth century, these horses were used as a cavalry and artillery horse by Louis XIV and later by Napoleon Bonaparte. Other draft horses such as the Norman, Boulonnais, and Percheron were bred into the Comtois to produce a stronger horse with better legs. The Comtois is used today for hauling wood in the pine forests of the Jura in the mountainous regions of the Massif Central, and are second only to the Breton draft horse in number in France.

The Comtois horse is a light draft horse that originated in the Jura Mountains on the border between France and Switzerland.


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