What breed of horse was chosen by Napoleon for his cavalry?
Answer: The Breton breed
Breton breed horse at the Beaulieu farm in Normandy
Photo by Chris Card Fuller ©2007
French Horse breeds
Thanks to the efforts of certain horse breeders in France including the Beaulieu Farm in Eure, Normandy www.lafermebeaulieu.com, some French breeds that had been on the verge of extinction are coming back. The Breton breed is the breed Napoleon chose for its strength (for carrying artillery and its grace) the breed is actually subdivided into two categories, one being specifically breeded for strength – and the other line meant for light cavalry. You can find out more about this breed by visiting the farm where the horses are used for ‘attellage’ or for harnassing events.