The modern Flemish and Belgian horses are the giants of their race. Springing from a common ancestry, bred under similar conditions, put to common uses, it is no wonder that the two breeds are very similar. They are tall with heavy bodies, but sometimes the true muscular development is not in harmony with the bone structure. The color is usually bay or brown, both good. The collars used are not infrequently built up on the sides and the hames extend well above the collars, the ends being curved and furnished with bright metal mountings, giving a brave look to the horse so much admired by the Belgians. In harness the Flemish horses have a massive and superlatively strong appearance, especially when viewed from the front. They and their congeners, the Belgians, are in common use on farms in most parts of Belgium1; but they are too large for American farm work, and, above all, they do. not please the American boy, who wants a horse that can pull anything that is loose at one end or out-pull any other horse of the same size, and out-trot and out-jump and out-run any other horse in the settlement. He will become weaned from this extreme notion, in time, and learn to breed horses adapted to the soil on which they are reared and to the specific work which they will be called upon to perform. The Belgian draft will fill a demand and find an appropriate place in the large manufacturing cities.
1 West Flanders and East Flanders are now provinces, or counties, of Belgium, and not a distinct country.