|For many years I worked with a family in France that were the breeders of my horses, sadly they do not have Comtois at the moment, so I am unable to bring the horses to the UK, however, over the years I have met many people and have made many contacts with breeders and owners of Comtois.
I have a few horses advertised on my website and I can help put you in touch with the horses that are for sale. I can help you arrange a visit and accommodation in France and possibly meet you there.
There is a small charge for this.
Should you buy a horse I can organise transport and transfer details with the horse’s new ownership All of the horses I recommend are micro chipped and registered with the National Hara in France and are also open to full vetting.
If you are thinking of buying a Comtois and want to see one, you are very welcome to come and meet my horses and possibly go for a ride or a drive.
If you are thinking of owning a Comtois or any European Draught Horse, there is a small word
of warning, please be aware that there are some Comtois that are imported into the UK that
are not necessarily supplied by registered breeders, since the launch of our website I have
heard of a few horses that have been very successfully purchased, even when their history
was unknown, unfortunately there are many that would have been heading for the meat line
in France due to intermittent lameness, skin problems, poor conformation etc, these horses
end up in coming to England - rescued from the meat market, unfortunately many of these
do not work out for the purpose of purchase, so please be careful if buying a European
Draught Horse with an unknown history. Some are very good and some may have problems.
To give a little back ground; in France there are hundreds of Comtois and they come in two types,
the equines bred for working and sport and those bred for the delicatessen/on fat farms, generally
the ones bred for delicatessen are not handled, have shorter legs and bigger bodies, so unless
they are brought at an early age there is a possibility they can be very bolshy and bargy. As
much as I don’t like the idea of people eating horse meat - in France this is seen as quite
normal and after giving it a lot of thought it does make sense to eliminate horses with problems
alongside the ones specifically bred for meat, but these horses often end up on a long stressful
journey to England for some it’s a happy ending but not for all.