A gorgeous black Vlaamperd horse, illustrated on a map of Africa, has been printed on high-quality paper and attached to a wooden ornament. The opposite side has the breed name and some information about it. Both sides have been sealed with a coat of clear resin to prevent peeling and chipping. Please take care when storing and displaying, as improper handling may result in fading or yellowing. Do not display in direct sunlight.
In 1820, Lord Charles Somerset imported several Arabian and Thoroughbred stallions to South Africa. These stallions were crossed with local mares. The result was a riding horse originally called the Hantam horse or Cape Horse. In the early 1900s, Friesian stallions were imported to South Africa and crossed on the Hantam mares. In addition, a few East Friesian, Hackney, Oldenburg and Cleveland Bay stallions were also used. In the process, the Hantam horse became extinct as a breed, replaced by a more powerful riding horse which also was capable of harness work. Bloodlines of the Cape Harness horse were also part of the cross. Learn more about the Vlaamperd horse on my blog or on Wikipedia.
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