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The Trait du Nord originated in France and is still bred in the areas around Lille, the Somme, the Aisne and the Pas-de-Calais, extending southwards as far as the Loire. The Trait du Nord owes much to the influence of the Ardennes (also called Ardennais) horse and the Trait Belge (a breed with which it is sometimes confused), and is sometimes considered a branch of the Ardennais breed. The Belgian and the Boulonnais horse also had an influence. The breed became recognized as a separate breed of its own at the beginning of the 20th century, and the studbook for the Trait du Nord was established in 1903. Taller and with a larger frame than the Ardennes, considered sturdy and energetic, the Trait du Nord was originally used on the great plains of Northern France in the cultivation of cereal crops and beets. However, today the breed is declining in numbers.

The Trait du Nord is a breed of heavy draft horse developed and bred in France.

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