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Freibergers (also known as the Franches-Montagnes) are arndraft horse from Switzerland. They were widely used as draft and pack horse inrnthe Swiss army. Breeding used to be heavily subsidized in Switzerland. Freibergersrnare the last representative of the light cold blood horse in Europe. Each yearrnat the Marche Concours in Saignelegier, on the second weekend in August,rnFreibergers demonstrate how versatile they are in a variety of shows andrncompetitions. Due to their character, willingness, and versatility, they are suitablernfor both driving and riding; they are a popular mount.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnThey were developed by crossing native Bernese Jura horses withrnEnglish Thoroughbreds, Anglo-Norman, Ardennais, and Arabian horses. There arerntwo distinct types within the Freiberger breed: a broader, heavier stamp ofrnhorse with more muscle development and a lighter, finer type. rnrn 

rnrnFreiberger horses are found in Italy as well as all overrnEurope. They are used for light draft, farm work, riding, and competitivernriding. They are a mountain horse and do very well in hilly and mountainousrnareas, being naturally sure-footed and tough and, in many cases, far betterrnequipped for working this type of land than a tractor. They were widely used byrnthe upland farmers of the Jura region and are also popular with the Swiss army,rnwho favour them as pack animals and for use during patrols.

rnrnMany Freibergers trace back to one stallion, calledrnValliant, who had a mix of Norfolk Roadster, Anglo-Norman, and English Hunterrnblood in him. Another influential stallion was Urus, who also contained Normanrnblood. They are bred at the Avenches stud, the Federal stud, where theirrnbreeding is strictly regulated. They mature quickly into well-balanced, active,rnand calm animals making them easy work companions.

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