The Brabant horse, also known as the Belgian Brabant or Belgian draft horse, is a large heavy draft breed from Belgium, Europe. Mainly due to its name and shared heritage, it is easily confused with its larger brother, the American version of the Belgian draft, though both colour and especially conformation are quite different. For this game we will consider them separate breeds, and currently only the Brabant horse is part of the game.
The Brabant as a breed is very old, but like many others, its appearance has changed from time to time as a result of development, practicality and the market's desires. Due to its strength and easy temperament as a working horse, it was in high demand and reached its peak in the first decennia of the twentieth century, when tens of thousands were exported to neighbouring countries, North America and Australia. But with the Second World War, which brought machines and with it the demise of many large draft breeds, numbers dropped severely until the breed had become rare by the end of the twentieth century. Though they have been rising since, the breed still suffers from impopularity in Europe, despite the fact its American brother is by far the most abundant draft horse breed in the United States.
The Brabant comes in flaxen chestnut, bay, brown and black. Chestnut without flaxen is extremely rare. Pangaré is very abundant, if not uniform, in the breed. There a few true grey individuals, but the colour is very much at risk of extinction.
The most common source of white hairs in the breed is roan, which is quite popular with breeders. White markings on the head and legs may be present but are not favourited.