Swedish Ardennes

The Swedish Ardennes, is, as the name suggests, a breed of draft horse that originated in Sweden.

This breed is known for its strength, and it has been used in a variety of roles over the years, including logging, farming, and pulling carriages.

If you’re interested in adding an Ardennes horse to your stable, here’s what you need to know, so keep reading!

Swedish Ardennes Breed Info

Here are some of the key things you need to know about the Swedish Ardennes:

Height (size) 15.2 – 16.0 hands high
Colors Most commonly black, blood bay, and chestnut
Country of Origin Sweden
Common Uses Driving, hauling timber in mountain areas inaccessible by machinery

Swedish Ardennes Facts & Information (Breed Profile)

When farming became more popular in Sweden in the late 1800s, native horses were unable to keep up with the increased workload which necessitated the import of horses from other countries.

Count Carl Gustaf Otto Christian Wrangel imported the big Ardennes horse to Sweden in 1872 so that he could use it in his efforts to breed larger horses to meet the demand of the farmers for horses suited for farming.

The Ardennes was crossed with the native Swedish horses from the countryside, and by 1880, most southern and central regions of Sweden had imported or started crossbreeding with the Ardennes.

Because the breeding program was so successful, a stud book was formed in 1901.

As was the case with other draft breeds, the Swedish Ardennes horses were replaced by the modern mechanization in the 20th century, but they are still popular today for driving.

If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating breed, keep reading!

Alternative Names



Gentle disposition

Physical Characteristics

The head is small and heavy for their size, and the eyes are small.

The neck is short and thick, and the chest is broad.

The shoulders are well muscled and the back is short.

The body is overall compact and muscular.

The legs are strong with some feathering.


Most commonly black, blood bay, and chestnut

Height (size)

15.2 – 16.0 hands high






1,200 – 1,600 lbs, (545 – 730 kg)

Blood Type


Common Uses

Driving, hauling timber in mountain areas inaccessible by machinery


Good overall health

Popular Traits




Country of Origin



North Swedish Horse, Ardennes